Hakone

A famous place for viewing Mount Fuji, Hakone is in the southwestern part of Kanagawa, and is part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. An internationally well-known holiday resort that includes many renowned hot springs, there are many methods of transportation, such as mountain railways, cable cars, ropeways, and cruising boats.

Many tourist spots in Hakone are accessible via the Hakone Tozan Railway. It is unique in that the train repeats switchbacks three times to go up the steep slope from Yumoto, the entrance of Hakone, to Gora. The train runs on the steepest slope among the railways in Japan.

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Spot the torii gate!
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Hakone Tozan Railway route

 

Kamakura

Kamakura has many historically significant Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Kenchō-ji is one of Kamakura’s Five Great Zen Temples and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. There is a small observation deck from which Mount Fuji can be seen on days with good visibility.

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Can you spot Mount Fuji?
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Statues representing Tengu, a type of Shinto god.
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