Holidays to Mt Fuji & Hakone

Holidays to Mt Fuji & Hakone

The lush region of Hakone National Park, comprising such charming sights as Fuji Five Lakes and the Izu Peninsula, is a beautiful expanse of protected land made up of verdant valleys, sacred shrines and undulating peaks, the tallest of all being sacrosanct Mt Fuji. With its unmistakeable snow-capped summit piercing the sky at a height of 12,389 feet, this is undoubtedly the most iconic natural spectacle in Japan. Admire the reflection of Mt Fuji in the still waters of Lake Ashi or from the comfort of an authentic ryokan, a quintessential Japanese guesthouse. And no luxury trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone would be complete without bathing in the bubbling hot waters of the onsens.

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Mt Fuji & Hakone Travel Information

There are direct flights from London to Toyko with indirect flights available from other UK airports. You will then need to the train on to Mt Fuji and Hakone.
  • Currency: Yen 
  • Time difference: GMT +9 
  • Flight from UK: 11 hours and 50 minutes to Tokyo 
  • Visa: Not required for UK passport holders 
  • Language: Japanese 
  • National drink: Beer or sake 
  • National dish: Sushi

Travel Tips & Advice for Mt Fuji & Hakone

Mt Fuji & Hakone Activities

While glimpses of Mt Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on a clear day, to really experience this magnificence of this sacred mountain, you need to get up close – and what better way to do so than climb it? Climbing season is from July – September, though weather can be changeable so come prepared! In the wider Hakone National Park you can soaking in the onsens (hot springs), go fishing or take part in watersports on Lake Kawaguchi or cruise Lake Ashi.

Mt Fuji & Hakone Food & Drink

Within Hakone National Park (and in the towns and train stations in the areas) you’ll found the ubiquitous noodle restaurants with soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour, an ever-popular choice. If you’re visiting the Owakudani area don’t miss your chance to purchase kuro-tamago – these chicken eggs have been cooked in water containing sulphur, turning their shells black; it’s said if you eat one you’ll add seven years to your life!

Mt Fuji & Hakone Attractions

Around Mt Fuji and Hakone there are a number of shrines – at the bottom of the north side of Mt Fuji is its Sengen Shrine, once a natural starting point for pilgrims climbing the mountain, while the torri gates of the Hakone Shrine sit on the shores of Lake Ashi with the shrine itself hidden within the forest behind. And experience ‘hell’ at Owakudani‘s Valley of Hell with its bubbling pools, the smell of sulphur in the air and steam rising from the ground.

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