With Mt Fuji as its dramatic backdrop and the stunning Lake Ashi down below, Hakone National Park (Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park) is a popular destination among nature lovers visiting from Tokyo, with trekking opportunities, boat cruises and some incredibly scenic views.
Main features in the park’s central area include Lake Ashi’s bright red Hakone Shinto shrine and Mt Kintoki’s hiking trails. While located much farther out toward the coast, the Izu Peninsula and Izu Islands are also considered to be part of the park, offering geysers, onsen baths and prime conditions for scuba diving, fishing and boating.
Many travelers opt to visit the national park on a day trip via bullet train from Tokyo, although coach tours and overnight options are also available from the city. These trips generally cover national park highlights, including Lake Ashi, the Komagatake Ropeway and Mt Fuji’s 5th Station, but travelers can also see more by combining a park visit with activities in the surrounding area, such as wine tasting, fruit picking or soaking in a hot spring.
Hakone National Park is located about 60 miles (100 km) from Tokyo, accessible from the city by rail and bus.