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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5.04 weeks 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.
4.0in the last week
A great place to visit in Japan. try eating a Black egg.
Its nutritious they said...
4.04 months ago
If you don't mind the smell of sulfur sometimes blowing in your face or the general very high wind blowing then this is an otherwise great place to visit. Watching the steam bellow out is mesmerizing and has a great view of the surrounding mountain range, including Mt. Fugi in the distance. If there is bad weather, you would be best to wait for a clearer day because the heavy rain, wind and sulfur can be too much for some.
5.05 months ago
Unfortunately the hiking paths were all closed while they are securing them. It was cool to get there though. The place is famous for the back eggs which color is explained by the sulfuric hot water from the Vulcano used to cook them. The legend says that each egg would extend your like by 7 years but they only sell them by 5. If you are traveling alone you might want new up with an extra 35 years. Maybe the explanation of the Japanese longevity?
5.04 months ago
Overall, a great place to visit for sightseeing! However, the smell of sulfur is a bit too strong. Also the black egg's taste is exactly the same as a regular boiled egg.
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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