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.
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Airport/Sta.Hakone Yumoto Sta. (about 7.6km) Google Transit
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5.0a month 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!
5.0a week 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.
4.03 weeks 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.
5.02 weeks ago
This place is amazing. Great views, great for pictures. If the weather is good you can see Mt. Fuji really well.
5.0a month ago
Owakudani is a major stop for many travelers using the Hakone Free Pass. I do see people driving up, accompanied by babies or their dogs. Here is a sulfuric deposit that constantly encounters land slide. That is why the Japanese invest in building the infrastructure that you see today - it is amazing, the sight of Mt Fuji, the sulfuric smell and smoke coming out from the mountain vents. Simply amazing.
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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