Hakone: a paradise for the 'onsen' aficionado

Mar 25, 2017

Hakone: a paradise for the 'onsen' aficionado

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Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. Located about 90 kilometers west of Tokyo, Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is a famous onsen (hot ...

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

Nov 20, 2015

Eruption warning for Mount Hakone lifted

The Meteorological Agency on Friday lifted its volcanic activity warning for Mount Hakone after deeming the eruption risk back to normal after a small one disrupted the popular hot spring resort area in July. Since the number of volcanic earthquakes remains low, the weather ...

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

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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 ...