Autumn is probably the best season for travel, with the weather turning cooler but not too cold, and leaves imbuing the landscape with a rich kaleidoscope of color. Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the best places to admire the autumn hues. And there is still time to enjoy the late autumn colors in this small hot-spring resort while relaxing in an open-air bath.

Hakone, located about 90 km west of Tokyo, is a famous onsen (hot spring) resort area set in a beautiful mountain region in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The resort is known for its modern tourist facilities as well as its historical and cultural riches. And the area, with Lake Ashi near its center, offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji.

Since Hakone is easily accessible from Tokyo by train or car and transport within the resort is efficient, visitors will find it easy to reach and then get around the area.