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Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)
Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)

Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)

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190 Reviews
Hakone National Park, Tokyo, Japan, 250-0521

The Basics

Lake Ashi sits in the volcanic crater of Mount Hakone’s volcanic crater. Aside from the natural beauty and holy Hakone shrine, the lake and surrounding area are known for its many hot springs (onsen). Japanese inns with spa bathhouses (ryokan) can be found in the area surrounding the lake, and many visitors take the opportunity to try traditional Japanese spa rituals here.

A popular tourist destination that's often part of day trips from Tokyo, Lake Ashi is also home to the Narukawa Museum of Art, plus restaurants and historic sites, such as the 400-year-young Old Tokaido Road lined with Japanese cedars, and the well-preserved Hakone Shrine. Traveling to Mount Fuji 5th Station on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway cable car is one of the top activities to try in the area.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Great day trip!
GrandTour19144903909, Nov 2019
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
We spent a great day with Takashi (guide) and Toshi (driver) in the 5 lakes region. They planned the whole day according to our preferences. We got spectacular views of Mt. Fuji from the different sites. Traffic was very bad coming back due to culture day weekend, but they kept their positive attitude throughout.
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Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
Mary L, Nov 2019
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
our guide Teddy (Tetsuya Ishida) was wonderful and so was the driver. They picked us up at our hotel in a comfortable minivan. They took us as close to Mt. Fuji as possible and the weather was gorgeous so we were able to see Mt. Fuij and take great pictures. The place he took us for lunch (special Hoto Noodle Soup) was in a high elevation with great views of mt. Fuji, and the noodle soup was delicious. We would highly recommend him and his driver.
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Toshi and Mt Fuji
LuciaW100, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
Our family had a wonderfull days experience with Toshi. Very knowledgeable about the local areas and his love for the outdoors and japan was infectious. Mt Fuji was at her best for us so it was a totally amazing experience. Thank you Toshi, and a big thankyou to the tour operator Taijo who made the tour work for us as we booked it last minute.
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msmith60, Jan 2020
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
The tour guide Teddy, gave us a very nice tour and customized the itinerary to suit our requests. We saw the Hakone sulphur springs and took the ropeway (cable car) from there to the Lake Ashi. We took the the pirate ship for a tour of the lake. The weather in December a little cool but nice. We were able to see Mt. Fuji for a bit until the clouds came out and covered it up. My wife went to outlets while I went to an onsen (hot spring). We enjoyed the whole experience although the price is slightly high as we had to pay for the pirate ship and cable car in addition to the tour fee.
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Excellent Trip !
supratikmumbai, Dec 2019
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
In one word - Excellent Trip. The guide, the driver, the route, the narration - everything was great. The chartered tour is expensive but worth it - you decide to stop-start-halt-move-absolute freedom. I liked the chartered tour because it gave us privacy and ample scope to pursue my hobby - photography. So, if you can afford, go for this trip. You won't be disappointed. Last but not the least - our tour guide was terrific - well educated, polite, friendly and very informative. Will take this trip again during my next trip to Tokyo.
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Wonderful Trip--Fantastic Guide and Driver
andrewrB9054IN, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
We had the most wonderful private tour of Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko going to certain places where there were no crowds yet the most wonderful scenery with Mt Fuji in the background. The 400 step climb to the Pagoda at the beginning of the trip was the perfect start with glorious views of Mt Fuji. We also loved the Ice Cave, the walk through the forest and then the Wind Cave and then the local folk village. Lunch was also a treat with the restuarant uncrowded and the vegetable noodle dish indeed fit for a Samurai. Akio-San, the guide and Tachi-San, the driver, were exceptionally friendly, accomodating and informative and made the day very special. The beautiful weather also helped.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Receive discounted access to multiple attractions and regional transport, including buses, trains, cable cars, and boat trips, with a combined pass.

  • Some areas of the lake are wheelchair accessible.

  • For the best photo ops of Lake Ashi with Mount Fuji in the background, head to Moto-Hakone, south of the sightseeing boat pier, or hop on a sightseeing cruise.

  • Views of Mount Fuji tend to be clearer in the mornings and late afternoons.

  • Families enjoy a lake cruise on the Hakone pirate ship replica.

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How to Get There

Many opt to visit Lake Ashi, in the Hakone area in Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshu, via bullet train from Tokyo, which stops at Odawara Station (followed by bus transfer), or as part of a guided tour with round-trip transport provided, usually by car, or a combination of coach and bullet train.

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When to Get There

Warm and often-sunny spring (March–May) is the most popular time to visit Lake Ashi. Summer is quite hot and humid, fall can be very pleasant with unpredictable weather, and winter often sees snowfall around the lake and its surroundings.

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Hakone Shrine

Many Japanese consider Hakone Shrine a holy place. They’ve worshiped the hills around it for thousands of years as a place where souls of the dead travel onward to the next world. The shrine’s current incarnation is more than a hundred years old, and visitors can tour the buildings and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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