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Lake Ashinoko Pleasure Boat and Hakone-jinja Shrine, Stone Pavement Course

Lake Ashinoko Pleasure Boat and Hakone-jinja Shrine, Stone Pavement Courseの写真
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Time Required:
1h 50 min.
11.3 km
Hakone-jinja Shrine and Stone Pavement - This course lets visitors experience history and religious worship in the Hakone area. A Power-spot Course.

Course Outline

Boarding a pleasure boat from Togendai near the Hakone Visitor Center or from Kojiri, the course leads across Lake Ashinoko. From the boat on the lake the view on Mt. Fuji and Mt. Komagatake is exceptional. The boat trip on Lake Ashinoko offers an experience that is unique to Hakone. It is particularly recommended for viewing the red leaves in autumn and the new green in spring.

After arriving at Moto-Hakone, the course leads to the popular Hakone-jinja Shrine, marked by the red Shinto shrine archway. Then the course continues with a walk on the well-known, old stone paved highway to the AMASAKE-CHAYA. Surely it is a special feeling to be actually walking on the remains left from the Edo period, sharing the notions that travelers in the distant past must have entertained surrounded by the unchanging nature of Hakone.


Hakone-jinja Shrine
Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone-jinja Shrine

Founded in 757 AD, during the Nara Period, Hakone-jinja Shrine has been worshipped as the residence of the Kanto Sochinju (local deity). It is dedicated to the Hakone-no-Okami (deities) that protect Mt. Hakone, which has been a center of mountain worship since ancient times. The Okami are well known as deities of fortune who grant strong blessings in the form of good luck in contests, fortuitous matchmaking and fulfillment of earnest prayer. The approach to the shrine is lined with cedar trees that are over 600 - 800 old, with a solemn atmosphere that is worth visiting.

Stone Paved Road of the Old Tokaido
Stone Paved Road of the Old Tokaido

Stone Paved Road Built in the Edo Period

Many travelers used this highway during the Edo period, when traveling on foot was the rule. Its steep gradient made Hakone the most difficult part of the Tokaido highway, and the stone pavement laid for the sake of safe travel by the Tokugawa shogunate has remained to this day, leaving this road for visitors to actually walk on it. Indeed, putting on straw sandals would give an even more realistic impression of how travelers back then must have felt.


A Tea House With a Thatched Roof

This is a tea house in Hakone with a 400-year history. With its distinctive thatched roof, it has been known since the times of old for its amazake (sweet fermented rice drink) and mochi (Japanese rice cake). There used to be four tea houses in this vicinity, where a great many travelers are said to have found rest and refreshment. As a reward for the long walk, why not have a drink of amazake, and while enjoying it, take a rest and let yourself slip back in time to the Edo period.

Course Map

Lake Ashinoko Pleasure Boat and Hakone-jinja Shrine, Stone Pavement Course

Course Time

Starting Point
Hakone Visitor Center
15 min.
0.8 km
Togendai Port or Kojiri Port (Sightseeing Boat)
50 min.
8 km
Moto-Hakone Port
10 min.
0.7 km
Hakone-jinja Shrine
35 min.
1.8 km
*Course time and distance are estimates.