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,elderly,thrilling,spiritual places,nature,kids,family,mountain climbing,hot springs,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 77.3km) Google Transit
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5.0a week ago
Really nice place to try the black eggs. Supposedly adds 7 years to your life. Great views of a once active volcano. Now it remains hot springs and steamy backdrops
4.03 weeks ago
Awesome place! The museum is pretty cool. Can eat black eggs that are boiled on site turning the shell black on the outside. The inside looks and tastes as a 'typical' egg. Several photo opportunities also
5.0a month ago
Strong stench of sulphur but incredible scenery! Well worth a look. Museum interesting and kid friendly. Unfortunately hiking trail was closed when we went - worth checking ahead of time if possible.
5.02 months ago
Went up on the cable car with the Hakone pass which was totally worth the money. It was a cloudy day and couldn't see a thing but still had fun. Came up again a few days later and it was better view. Lots of fun seeing all the different black egg souvenirs. The museum explaining all about the geological stuff was well worth it and really interesting.
4.0a month ago
There seems to be many people who are paying attention to hot spring eggs and mounds, please look back and see. The view of Mt. Fuji from here is amazing. There is no high mountain that blocks the front so you can see it as refreshing from the foot to the top.
Spot Reviews (3)
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