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

Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)

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6,369 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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Pretty good! Nice guide and great view!! The food is ok! The bus Ian clean!
Compass05881833664, Jun 2019
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise 1 Day Bus Trip from Tokyo
Pretty good! Nice guide and great view!! The food is ok! The bus Is clean! We liked it! Want to come again!
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Majestic Mt Fuji
Tashna, Mar 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
Our guide was very knowledgeable. It had snowed the previous week so it wasn't safe to go beyond the 1st stop up to Mt Fuji. The views were still spectacular. Lunch was a delicious feast that catered to my vegetarian needs. It was a memorable and enjoyable tour.
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Amazing Mt Fuji
Cate, Mar 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
The day was well organised from start to finish! Our guide, Mayumi, was very good explaining the various points of interest along the way, and ensured everyone knew timings etc. highly recommend this tour! Bonus was we had great views of Mt Fuji! Very memorable.
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Fuji Highlight Success
Leslie_B, Feb 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise 1 Day Bus Trip from Tokyo
This was a great trip to get a closer look at the National Icon. The tour was what we expected, the guide was friendly and helpful. We would do this again!
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Mt Fuji 😘
Leisa_J, Mar 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
Great day, travel guide was very funny and informative. Lake Ashi was stunning and the bullet train was a great add on 😊
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Taki Great Guide
Carl_K, Mar 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
This trip was fantastic from start to finish our guide Taki was great as we were travelling to each destination he gave lots of information about the areas we were traveling through and also some of the history of those places. I would recommend the lunch package as it was a large and very traditional japanese meal.
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Mt. Fuji trip with amazing view
Tim_M, Mar 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
We had a great trip and the view was amazing. There was a strong wind the day before so we had no clouds and a perfect view. The tour guide took good care of us and we enjoyed the trip.
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Mt Fuji
Raymond_D, Feb 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
Such a great day.We were so lucky to go to 4th level viewing as Mt Fuji was NOT shy.Stunning ! Delicious lunch and great all round trip .Snowed during boat ride and ropeway but it is winter .We went home by bullet train and that was only 30 minutes back to Toyko...Highly recommended
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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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Good Tour, wonderful tour guide
RMJL, Feb 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
Yabe-san was our tour guide. Great fellow, wonderful guide. We missed the cablecar ride (cancelled cos of strong winds) but gave us a tour of hakone instead. Lunch was good & hearty. It was a sunny day and we saw Mt Fuji on a cloudless day, the snow glistening in the sun. Tour was well worth it. Highly recommended.
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Seeing mt fuji
carlaga93, Feb 2020
Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
TK was a great guide, he was very nice and funny! The tour was also fun and exciting, we unfortunately couldnt do the cable cars because of weather but we went to the aquarium which was fun as well

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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