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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5.0a month ago
This is a very nice place to visit in Hakone. This is a valcanic valley. the day I visited, it was covered with fog and slightly drizzling. Here you can buy black eggs! eggs boiled in hot sulfur spring. Locals say, if you eat one black egg, 7 years is added to your life.There are active sulfuric geysers in this area.
5.04 months ago
This place was a totally different experience for me. I had never seen any active volcanic crater before. there was smoke coming out of the mountain. Moreover, the smell makes it unique. They sell black eggs near the place. The view is also very nice from the top. I saw mount fuji directly from the black egg statue.
5.05 months ago
Awesome, awesome awesome! The smell is crazy, but to be expected from a volcanic crater. Great place to see nature in its sulfuric element. Truly awe inspiring!
5.02 months ago
Owakudani is realy mysterious place!!🗾
The smell is crazy, but to be expected from a volcanic crater.
4.04 months ago
Nice view of the surrounding mountains. Make sure you go up there on a sunny day, otherwise there's nothing to see. There's a carpark, cost 600 yen. Better get there early on busy days as the number of car parking spaces are quite limited.
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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