Owakudani

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Important Notice

It is currently not possible to visit Owakudani! Due to increased seismic activity that could lead to a minor volcanic eruption, a no-entry zone was established on May 6, 2015 around Owakudani, resulting in the closure of the ropeway and access road to Owakudani and the closure of hiking trails around Owakudani. A substitute bus operates instead of the ropeway. The rest of Hakone is not affected.

Owakudani (OJ, Ōwakudani) is the area around a crater created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone some 3000 years ago. Today, much of the area is an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced. Additionally, Owakudani has good views of Mount Fuji on clear days.

A short walking trail (about ten minutes one way) leads from the ropeway station into the volcanic zone to a number of steam vents and bubbling pools. Here you can purchase eggs, cooked in the naturally hot water, whose shells are blackened by the sulfur and which are said to prolong one's life by seven years.

For the more adventurous, a hiking trail leads from the ropeway station to the peak of Mount Kamiyama and continues on to Mount Komagatake from where you can catch the Komagatake Ropeway down to Lake Ashi. The hike takes about 2 hours one way and can be rocky or slippery as well as quite windy. Proper hiking shoes and rain gear are recommended.

Alternatively, about 30 minutes past the peak of Mount Kamiyama a trail splits off down towards Lake Ashi. It leads down the mountain and along the lakeshore, ending at Kojiri not far from Togendai, from where the Hakone Ropeway connects back to Owakudani. The round trip takes about 4.5 hours.

View of Mount Fuji from Owakudani

Get There and Around

Owakudani can currently not be accessed due to increased seismic activity that could lead to a small volcanic eruption.

Owakudani is a station along the Hakone Ropeway between Sounzan and Togendai. Sounzan is accessible from Hakone-Yumoto by Hakone Tozan Railway and cablecar with a transfer at Gora Station. Togendai is on the shores of Lake Ashi and is connected by boat with Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi.

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Hours and Fees

Walking Trail

Hours

8:30 to 17:00

Closed

No closing days

Fees

Free
Last updated: May 6, 2015
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