Most visits to the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture begin at the heavily touristed town itself, from where numerous well-trodden routes head off through the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park of which it is the official center.

Although Hakone is jam-packed with souvenir shops and resort hotels, it enjoys the saving grace of excellent hot springs, making it an option to return to for an overnight stay. However, many visitors instead press on straight through the area, taking the Hakone Tozan Railway which starts at Hakone Yumoto.

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