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.
PurposeGourmet,thrilling,spiritual places,nature,kids,family,mountain climbing,hot springs,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Hakone Yumoto Sta. (about 7.6km) Google Transit
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4.0a week ago
Must see! 4 stars because the mountain train was under repair due to earlier typhoon damage. Do the cable car, make sure you get the right direction so it goes over the steamy sulphur mountain. You can see mount Fuji, and wait near sunset to get the best shot. The view to different sides are great, breath taking. Try the black boiled eggs, the calcium n sulphur turn the shell into black, they say you will live 7 more years even with high cholesterol. And dress up, it's windy up.
5.02 weeks ago
Interesting geographical feature. First time to go near active volcanic activity. crater spews out choking sulphurous fumes. Good infrastructure (typical Japanese) around the attraction. Restaurants are there too.
4.04 weeks ago
A must visit location if you are in the area around Hakone!
I had the bad luck (bad planning) of visiting during Golden Week which meant the place was PACKED.
When stepping out of the cable car building, on a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji when you peer over the building to your right.
To your left you can see the vents that make this area so breathtaking.
Words can not do this place justice, I had seen images beforehand but standing there myself was truly special. Be sure to check out the geo-museum as well.
5.02 months ago
Long ride up to the place. Definitely worth it and was enjoyable along the way. The smell of sulfur can bother some, especially if you're allergic to that kind of stuff, but it's not bad. There's a large store with food and they also sell some kind of ice cream that's volcanic?? I don't really remember the details of the ice cream, as I'm doing this review six months later, but I remember hearing it's good.
Oh yeah, you also get a good view of Mt. Fuji from here. Though, you may need something that can get a good zoom, otherwises the photo may be blurry.
4.02 months ago
A great place to visit in Japan. try eating a Black egg.
Its nutritious they said...
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