What to Expect
Owakudani is the explosion trail of the crater made by the last explosion of Hakone volcano about 3000 years ago. White smoke has been laid on the desolate ground, and you can still feel the power of volcanic activity.
At Ohwakudani you can eat a black egg. It is said that if you eat one black egg you will have a life expectancy of 7 years.
2. Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi
Lake Ashi is a long narrow lake whose circumference is about 19km. It was formed about 3,000 years ago in Hakone volcano's caldera. From the boat you can enjoy the beautiful scenery every season.
3. Hakone Checkpoint
Tokugawa Shogun placed 53 sekisho (facility to investigate travellers) on major roads across the nation to defend Edo (current Tokyo). Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Checkpoint) was one of the largest checkpoints among them. Hakone Sekisho was placed on the current location in 1619, at the beginning of Edo period. One of the main roles of sekisho was to control "incoming guns and outgoing women", which means to prevent weapons from being brought into Edo, and wives and children of feudal lords from fleeing from Edo.