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Hakone 5-Star Hotel Guide

Hakone is located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture, about 90 kilometers from Tokyo. Within Japan, Hakone is known for its hot springs. In fact, about 400,000 years ago, the area where the city is located today was actually a volcanic crater. Today, Hakone is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and hot springs. Because of how scenic the surroundings are, Hakone welcomes many domestic and international tourists throughout the year.

About 400,000 years ago, after volcanic activity subsided, natural landscapes such as mountains, streams, and lakes were formed in Hakone. Lake Ashi, which is surrounded by the green grass and flowers, is a volcanic lake with an altitude of 724 meters and an area of 7 square kilometers. The deepest point of the lake is 45 meters and the shoreline is 20 kilometers. On a sunny day, visitors to the lake can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji, which is covered with snow all year round. The last crater is Owakudani, a volcanic valley that is filled with white smoke and often emits sulfuric gas. The Owakudani Museum of Natural Science is now open as well where the terrain of Hakone is introduced to visitors through the use of slides and models. There are also cable cars, mountaineering trams, and aerial cranes that enable you tour Hakone from all angles. The Hakone seven hot springs are located at the Hakone Check Point on the east bank of Lake Ashi. It is a wooden bungalow with an area of 198 square meters, which is a checkpoint set by the shogunate in the Edo period. There are more than 1,000 cultural relics such as ID cards, guns, and long-handled swords. The statues of the inspectors are also listed as important cultural relics.

In general, the natural scenery of Hakone is beautiful during every season. The periods from March to May and from September to November are the most suitable times for traveling because the climate is mild and comfortable. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of hotels in Hakone.

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