Lake Ashi

Sometimes referred to as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, Lake Ashi is a picturesque and panoramic lake in the Hakone area. This lake is known for a variety of reasons, one, in particular, is the impressive view of Mount Fuji which can be seen from the scenic lake. The area is also filled with hot springs as a result of many ryokans, and a variety of historical attractions.

Where Is the Hakone Lake?

The location of Lake Ashi serves as a connection between Tokyo and Kyoto as it is situated on Tokaido Road – also known as the popular Japan Golden Route. Due to this placement, there are often boats and ferries in the area because the surroundings are so beautiful. In particular, and most notably, several cruise and pirate ships serve as an exciting tourist attractions.

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What to do At Lake Ashi

There are four pirate ships in the area that pass between Lake Ashi amidst the panoramic views of Hakone. These ships are authentic replicas of real ships from the past. Bright, colorful, and reminiscent of historic ships from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries from France and Britain. The pirate boats of Lake Ashi are very grand and true to life. This creates an exciting glimpse of the past and a unique way to admire the beautiful surroundings. The pirate ships float through the area and provide a unique vantage point and perspective of the region.

Oftentimes visitors to the region enjoy staying overnight to take in all the natural beauty. It is easy to do so because there are many ryokans situated along the lakeside. There is also a campsite situated along the lake for those looking to get the full experience and sleep lakeside. Lake Hakone also houses the Hakone Shrine which is sometimes referred to as Hakone Gongen.

How to get to Lake Ashi

Joining a tour of Mount Fuji is an excellent way to visit the Hakone region and Lake Ashi as well as see Mount Fuji from one of the best vantage points. Tourist Japan has two options for visitors dreaming of a pirate boat trip across Lake Ashi. For those also hoping to stand on the surface of this active volcano, our Mount Fuji and Hakone tour from Tokyo is the way to go. Starting with a scenic ride up Mount Fuji, you’ll take in the views from 2,300 meters above sea level. Then, descend to the Hakone lake for a scenic cruise. If you’d rather stick with seeing Mount Fuji from a distance, we recommend our Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise & Owakudani Tour. After enjoying the beautiful views from the lake, you’ll hop on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, marveling at the panoramic landscapes below you.

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