As an area based around a volcano, Hakone is blessed with many hot springs. On the other hand, there are also many who arrive at Hakone ready to study the volcanic activity here. Hakone is also rich in nature, and you can discover many species of animals not found elsewhere. How about adjusting your Hakone trip to come into contact with the nature here even more?
Kanagawa Prefectural Hakone Seimei-no-hoshi/chikyu Museum
This museum explains the history of the Earth, the development of life and evolution. You can find meteorites and dinosaur fossils here, and deepen your understanding of the Earth and life.
Access: 3 mins walk from Iriuda station on the Hakone Tozan line.
Address: Kanagawa, Odawara, Iriuda 499
Tel No: 0465-21-1515
Off days: Mondays, the following days of public holidays, 2nd Tuesdays of odd months (Holidays and if the day following a public holiday is a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday)
Operating Hours: 09:00~16:30 (Last entry: 16:00)
Hakone Mori-no-fureai Kan
Interact with animals and plants, and catch the diorama of the Asian black bear, musical about the importance of forests, as well as the harmony between nature and animals.
Access: From Odawara, take the train bound for Hakone-machi and travel to the final stop Hakone-machi (60 mins, 6 trains/h), and change over to the train bound for Atami/Mishima and alight at Hakone Yasuragi-no-mori (2 trains/h).
Address: Kanagawa, Ashigara, Shimogun, Hakone-machi, Hakone 381-4
Tel No: 0460-83-6006
Operating Hours: 09:00~17:00 (1 March~November), 09:00~16:30 (1 December~February, last entry: 16:00)
Hakone Botanical Gardens of Wetlands
Home to over 200 species of wetlands plants, 1100 species of grassland plants, groves, alpine plants and mountain grass, and 1700 species of plants in total, it shows you a different sight every season you visit.
Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Bus (T Route) from Hakone-yumoto station and alight at Sengoku-annaijo-mae (23 mins). It is a 8 mins walk away. Otherwise, take the Sightseeing Facilities Bus (S Route) from Gora station on the Hakone Tozan Railway line and alight at Shissei Hana-en-mae.
Address: Ashigara, Shimogun, Hakone-machi, Sengokuhara 817
Tel No: 0460-84-7293
Operating Days: 20 March~30 November
Operating Hours: 09:00~17:00 (Last entry: 16:30)
Off-days: 1 December~19 March