Hakone Overflows with Charm & Activities
One of the best things about Hakone is that it easily appeals to all visitors. With so many natural & cultural sites, be it from history, art museums, kids activities, trekking, hot springs, and flower festival, Hakone has it all !
The 3776 meters high majestic Mt. Fuji is of an extremely pyramidal beauty.
The temperature is very low at the peak and the cone is covered by snow for several months of the year. The lowest recorded temperature is -38C and the highest temperature was 17,8C recorded in June 2008.
Mountain climbing is not the only way to enjoy Mount Fuji. It is a treasure chest of natural beauty that can only be found here.
Historically, Hakone, Izu, Sagami Bay & Mt. Fuji are renowned amongst the Japanese for its abundant onsen retreats. Here you can find every imaginable type of hot spring. From outdoor rotenburo baths including the largest in Japan, to 2-person baths in the shape of a water well; foot baths while you dine, or even river onsen. Each one is unique, and bound to leave a memorable impression.
Onsen are mostly sited so that you can enjoy the view while relaxing in the bath. At Izu, the onsen face the open Pacific Ocean, with the mood set by waves crashing nearby. In the mountain hamlets of Hakone, thermal waters rise to the surface of a bathing river, whilst in Sagami Bay, outdoor rotenburo look out onto azure coves and nearby islands.
Kamakura , Japan’s Zen capital
Kamakura, Japan’s first Shogun & Zen Buddhism Capital
The ambitious Minamoto no Yoritomo, who became Japan’s very first shogun in 1192, pushed for a change in power structures, away from Imperial power in Kyoto. He established a new power base at his home in Kamakura, surrounding himself with retainers and administrators from other powerful families. He made Kamakura an unofficial capital, while the Imperial capital at Kyoto retained official status. Minamoto no Yoritomo called this a bakufu, which literally means “tent government.” The Emperor gave him the status of Shogun. When Minamoto no Yoritomo died, authority drifted back to Kyoto.
The introduction of Zen Buddhism on Japanese soil in the Kamakura period profoundly changed the face of Kamakura. In total, the city has 65 Buddhist temples. Among them, the superb Kenchô-ji Temple and its many secondary buildings. Perched on the hills above the city, Hase-dera temple offers stunning views of the Sagami bay. Inside, a beautiful gold statue of Kannon, the diva of compassion, gives the place a mystical charm.
The monumental Kamakura bronze Amitabha Buddha is a must see, one of the most impressive & beautiful Buddha sculpture in the world. The Kamakura Buddha appeals so strongly a natural own presence filled with tendernes & serenity. Build casted in copper in 1252, he survived a few tsunamis, typhons & earthquakes and Rudyar Kipling wrote a long poem stunned by his purity, majesty and filled with emotion.
Sagami Bay, a myriad of villages
Hakone Overflows with Charm & Activities
Sagami Bay, home to a myriad of wonderful spots: Hayama, Enoshima, Atami, Shimoda, Izu, Kamakura, Zushi, Akiya, and so many more!
Hayama is a picturesque seaside town located about 4 km south of Kamakura.
Favored with a mild climate and scenic coasts, a chain of quiet beautiful beaches stretches south along the rock-strewn coast; inland, gentle wooden mountains offer inviting, rustic hiking trails.
The charm of Hayama is such that it is even the site of a secluded Imperial villa.
A wonderful 4 km hike stepped path to the top gradually reveals a panorama of Hayama, its cluster of houses descending to Sagami Bay with sailboats dotting the water.
Enoshima, an invitation to worship the goddess Benten, and to also have fun.
Enoshima Island in located at the center of Sagami Bay, near Kamakura,
Climbing a narrow road between eateries, shore dinner with exciting smells, are lashings of sea-ear and clams, squid and whitebait; emporiums dangling strings of shells tinkling in the salt air; shops wafting the sweet miso tang of roasting rice crackers.
The juxtaposition distilled the essence of Enoshima — an invitation to worship Benten in its 3 dedicated shrines and to also have fun. Benten, after all, is the goddess of music and entertainment.
Tateishi & Akiya beach
This scenery was captured by the famous Edo period artist Utagawa Hiroshige.
Today, visitors enjoy walking along the shore, and admiring the view from the park.
Hiroshige is usually connected with landscape and nature prints.
Together with Hokusai he is considered as the dominant figure of printmaking in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Few meters away from the Tateishi scenery, the long & wide Akiya natural sand beach
offers a great place for a beautiful evening sunset bbq of the "catch of the day" just bought at the nearby fish market.
Natural wonder of Izu
Relax both your body & soul!
The Izu peninsula is a large mountainous beautiful Natural Park with deeply indented coasts.
Izu is blessed with both oceanic and mountainous nature as it is surrounded by ocean and is dominated in the central area by mountains that stand over 800 m in height. It has a temperate climate all throughout the year due to the warm currents that flow from the south and there are many hot springs here.
Izu with its Natural Wonders of natural hot springs, stunning coastlines, mountainous areas, lakes, and a myriad of beautiful beaches, is home to remarkable Vegetation that ranges from species of mountainous trees to the subtropical vegetation.
Let Yourself be Enchanted
The Izu Peninsula is a gorgeous natural wonderland surrounded by lush mountains and blue seas. Whether you’re taking a dip in the warm waters, diving in the open sea, or trekking through the distinctive hilly landscape, another fun adventure always awaits. There’s so much to discover that no two trips are ever the same. The varied natural settings have made this area a hotbed for geoscientific study, and the rarity of its features led UNESCO to designate it a Global Geopark in April 2018.
Izu Peninsula is one of the most famous tourist sites in Japan with its hot spring baths overlooking the mountains and sea along with its delicious meals. Stay at a hot-spring resort and take your time to explore the peninsula by van with Anthony, your guide, as every area here has its own charm.