Lake Ashinoko ( Ashinoko Lake) or Lake Ashi is formed by the result of the eruption of the Hakone mountain which occurred about 3000 years ago. Now, Lake Ashinoko with the background of Mount Fuji to become the symbol of Hakone is famous as a tourist attraction to the foreign country. The water is clear and the scenery is enchanting, making many tourists go to the largest lake in Kanagawa prefecture. This is the activity that can be done in Lake Ashinoko.
– Exploring Lake Ashinoko with Hakone Tour Boat
Besides being able to see the blue Lake Ashinoko with the backdrop of Mt. Fuji, you can also tour the lake by boat. Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats provide the journey to enjoy Lake Ashinoko ( Lake Ashinoko )from Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi on the southern side of the lake to Togendai and Kojiri on the north side. The cost is very cheap, only 1000 yen, you are invited to walk around the lake for 30 minutes. The route is as follows Togendai Port > Hakone Port > Moto-Hakone Port > Togendai Port. The Hakone tourist ship operates from 09.30 to 17.00 hours.
If you follow the 1 day trip Itinerary in Hakone, then you will arrive at the shore of Lake Ashinoko from the north, precisely at the Togendai station (Hakone Ropeway). You can get off from the Ropeway platform on the 2nd floor to the port of the tourist ship on the B2 floor. To board a Hakone tourist boat, just buy a ticket at the ticketing counter or show the Hakone Free Pass.
Togendai Port is located to the north of Lake Ashinoko, and is the last Hakone Ropeway station and also a transfer point in Hakone, such as buses to Hakone Yumoto and Odawara, as well as direct buses to Shinjuku and Tokyo. Kojiri is a port on the southern side of Togendai, and is a tourist port of Lake Ashinoko as well. Kojiri is the centre of the summer festival celebrations in Hakone at the end of July. The other port is the port of Hakone-en, in the middle of Lake Ashinoko, which is the main access to the Hakone Aquarium, Prince Hotel Hakone, and Komagatake Ropeway. Prince Hotel Hakone is close to Hakone-en as a favorite Hotel for tourists visiting Ashinoko Lake. The last port is the Moto Hakone, located in the southern part of the lake, which is the main access to the Narukawa art Museum, Hakone Shrine, and several hotels and restaurants on the shore of Lake Ashinoko.
– See The Beautiful Trees in Autumn
In autumn, the trees on the shore of Lake Ashinoko turn red, yellow, and orange and are reflected to the lake. Seeing this scene with the reflection of the afternoon sunlight will make a fresh mind and forget a moment of routine fatigue daily.
You can also see the beauty of Lake Ashinoko and the entire mountainous region of Hakone by taking the Komagatake Ropeway. The Ropeway is located in Hakone En, which is located right in the middle to the east of Lake Ashinoko.
– How to go to Lake Ashinoko?
1. From Odawara and Hakone-Yumoto
From Odawara you can take a bus to Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi on the southern side of Lake Ashinoko. It takes about 50 minutes and the ticket price is 1,180 yen. From Hakone-Yumoto, you can take a 35-minute bus ride with a ticket price of 960 yen. Alternatively, if you have a Hakone Free Pass, you can take a free bus from Odawara or Hakone-Yumoto.
2. Use Gondola from Gora
If you want to feel the other atmosphere to see the view of Lake Ashinoko, you can try to take the gondola from Gora to Togendai which is on the north side of Lake Ashinoko. It is followed by a boat ride to Moto-Hakone or Hakone-machi on the south side. To reach Gora, friends can take the Hakone Tozan Railway from Odawara or Hakone Yumoto. All routes from Gora are free with the Hakone Free Pass.
3. Using Bus from Gotemba
From Gotemba, there are two buses every hour to Togendai with a 30-40-minute ride duration. The ticket price is 1020 yen or free of charge if using Hakone Free Pass.
Rides on Ashinoko Cruise
Hakone Machi Route — Togendai 1,840 yen (Roundtrip)
Moto-Hakone Route — Togendai 1,840 yen (Roundtrip)
Hakone Machi Route — Togendai 1,000 yen (one way)
Moto-Hakone Route — Togendai 1,000 yen (one way)
Hakone Machi Route — Moto-Hakone 360 yen (one way)
Gallery Ashinoko Lake
- Lake Ashinoko
- Romanji Lake Ashinoko