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
We guide this spot.
5.0a month 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.
5.03 weeks ago
A must visit if you are in Hakone. A wonderful view when on the cable car to the site. Mt Fuji can be seen on a clear day. The place smells but what do you expect! Eat an onsen egg and extend your life by 7 years... or so the legend says.
4.0in the last week
大涌谷(Ōwakudani)One among the active volcanos in japan which was closed and recently opened again were people are not allowed for trekking because of recent disturbance from the volcano and then you can do the sightseeing and get those black eggs and do shopping, ropeway is in active and the cheapest way to get the location is by getting hakone one day pass , it has a great Mt.Fuji viewing spot.If you like this review and find it useful kindly give 👍.
4.0a week ago
Can see mountain Fuji and has lots of good food.
Like the black ice cream and black shell eggs.
4.02 months 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.
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