Owakudani is a volcanic cauldron of steam vents and bubbling pools created by an eruption some 3000 years ago. White plumes of smoke and the distant scenery of Mount Fuji combine to create mysterious scenery. From the ropeway station, a 15-minute walk takes you to a hot spring pond with boiling bubble and sulfurous odor. The speciality here is black boiled eggs billed to prolong your life by seven years.
There are walking trails leading nearby peaks for your adventure. The ropeway station is at 1044m, and the weather is windy and sometimes foggy, so prepare hiking shoes, warm clothes and rain gear. The ropeway slopes down to the Togendai terminal, where you can start a tour to explore Lake Ashi.
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Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 77.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a week ago
Went up on the cable car with the Hakone pass which was totally worth the money. It was a cloudy day and couldn't see a thing but still had fun. Came up again a few days later and it was better view. Lots of fun seeing all the different black egg souvenirs. The museum explaining all about the geological stuff was well worth it and really interesting.
5.0a month ago
It's a fun place to visit. The rope way gave a unique and beautiful view of the got springs with sulfur fumes. On the day we visited, we also got a glimpse of Fujiyama!
There's also a few different stores selling street food. We tried the black ice cream and black egg.
Definitely visit this if you are in Hakone.
5.0a month ago
Quite a view, and an interesting experience to have the black eggs. You must try! Ropeway from lake side is closed so we had to drive. Drive is easy, there was guidance about parking near the top. Definitely would recommend.
4.03 weeks ago
Raining when i came, but the onsen egg was warm to eat. Only sells 5 eggs a bag, so better watch cholesterol levels. The black ice cream is the perfect goth lipstick.
5.0in the last week
Such an awesome experience. You access this area by taking the train to Hakone up a mountain side, the tram straight up the mountain, and finally a cable car to the top. Be ready on the cable car because as you crest the ridge this volcanic area comes into view. It's striking.
The black eggs literally are just hard boiled eggs. No funky taste or smell.
Come early to get a Mt. Fuji view as it can quickly become covered by clouds.
If your ride the cable car down the other side, there's a pirate ship you can ride across the lake.
Recommendation: visit the tourist info office in Odawara train station. You can buy the "Hakone Free Pass" that gets you on the train, tram, cable car, pirate ship, and area buses unlimited for two days. It only costs about $40 which is better than just buying a couple of these individually.
Also, on the pirate ship you can upgrade to the first class cabin for just $4. Worth every penny. Less crowded, air conditioned interior, and higher outdoor viewing decks.
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The former name of Owakudani was Jigokudani, the Valley of Hell, as the scenery looked like the hell where volcanic fumes spurt out of the ground here and there. When the emperor and the empress desired to visit here in the middle of 19t...
The former name of Owakudani was Jigokudani, the Valley of Hell, as the scenery looked like the hell where volcanic fumes spurt out of the ground here and there. When the emperor and the empress desired to visit here in the middle of 19th century, the local authorities made the big arguments over the location name and decided to change it into Owakudani by clear reason that they could not welcome the emperor and the empress to the hell. Let us enjoy the valley of hell.Read moreClose