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.
-Take a Izu-hakone bus from Odawara Sta. or Hakone-yumoto Sta., and get off at Owakudani (50 mins)
-Take the Hakone-Tozan Railway from Hakone-Yumoto Sta.→ Transfer at Goura Sta.→ Ride the Hakone-Tozan cable car →Get off at Sounzan → Ride the Hakone Ropeway →Get off at Owakudani
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Airport/Sta.Hakone Yumoto Sta. (about 7.6km) Google Transit
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5.06 months ago
The sulfur spilling down the hillside with vents all around was a blast to see (and ride over on the gondola). There's a bunch of neat foods to try like black meat buns, black ice cream which melts VERY fast, egg ice cream which is a delicious custard flavor, and black eggs. The view of mount Fuji is beautiful if you can catch it between clouds! Beware, the cloud ceiling lowers rapidly around 3pm - you'll have no views the rest of the day
4.0a month ago
Interesting place to visit to eat the black eggs and ride the rope way. Beautiful view of Fujisan and walk around to see the volcanic valley & the active sulphuric vents & hot springs, a birds eye view. Unfortunately the trails were closed. The eggs themselves are steamed in the geothermal heat and volcanic gas turning the outer shell black, are still warm when you purchase them and delicious.
4.0a month ago
Awesome place! Only reason for the 4 was because the trail was not open, so I was very sad. Check before you go up to see if the trails are open. Even if they are not, it's still a good trip. Black eggs and egg ice cream were really good. Rock museum...that's interesting and only $1 to get in.
4.03 months ago
An extremely beautiful view and a really fun time! But the price is definitely something that almost scared me away, like I get it go over the mountain wow and go across it like it's awesome yeah! But that price was definitely a lot to get stuck in lines the whole time to
5.06 months ago
This is a very interesting place where you can see that the Hakone mountain is active. It was very windy and I didn't smell sulfur when I went there. It's also a great place to go when Tokyo is too hot to handle in summer.
Spot Reviews (4)
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