Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

Jul 2, 2015

Hakone eruptions worry local, not foreign visitors

While local tourists have been shying away from the Owakudani district after volcanic activity was detected in the popular hot spring resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, foreign tourists seem to be undeterred by the news. It’s likely that their travel plans have ...

Jun 5, 2015

Volcanic steam bursts said to be weakening on Mount Hakone

Steam bursts at the hot spring district of Mount Hakone were described as weaker by the Meteorological Agency on Thursday, the first report of a decline in activity since the volcanic alert for the mountain was raised early last month. But the agency noted ...

Witty tram chief draws plaudits in Hakone

Jan 16, 2014

Witty tram chief draws plaudits in Hakone

by Asako Takaguchi

Shinya Ochiai, 26, is a popular conductor on Hakone Tozan Railway Co.’s mountain tram in Kanagawa Prefecture. In addition to ensuring the passengers’ safety, Ochiai tells them about the main points of interest, the local history and where the best views are along the ...

Hakone event to feature 100 'life-size' Doraemon figures

Mar 1, 2013

Hakone event to feature 100 'life-size' Doraemon figures

One hundred “life-size” figures of the popular manga character Doraemon will adorn areas in and around Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, as part of an event running from March 9 through 31, Odakyu Electric Railway Co. said. Each Doraemon figure will have a different facial expression ...