Ettie Kim




Hakone | Japan Itinerary


Just an hour outside of Tokyo by train, Hakone is an idyllic town dotted with hot spring resorts, forests, mountains (with views of Mount Fuji!), and quaint storefronts. Hakone was a highlight of our trip, and L and I hope to return soon!

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where we stayed


Gora Hanaougi Madoka No Mori—

If you are looking for a tranquil and pampered stay in Hakone, I highly recommend our onsen ryokan Gora Hanaougi Madoka No Mori. The hotel had communal hot springs in-house, and our room also came with a private hot spring and a balcony overlooking mountains. Needless to say, I was a happy prune by the end of our stay.

Our ryokan
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Our Kyoto-style kaiseki experience was divine, and we had the choice to have dinner served in our hotel room or eat in a private dining room.


things to do in hakone


Hakone Open Air Museum—

A stunning art safari in the mountains of Hakone, a magical combination of human curation and natural scenery.

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Wearing OV Clifton (< Follow the link to get 20% off your first order at Outdoor Voices!)

Lake Ashi Pier—

Instead of taking the pirate ship cruise (seemed a little gimmicky to us), we took a peaceful stroll along Lake Ashi Pier.

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Hakone-jinja Shrine—

Shinto shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi

Torii Gate

Torii Gate


Hakone Karaage Karatto—

We had most of our meals at our ryokan, so we didn’t eat out much, but this place is worth mentioning. Egggcellent karaage. The best L and I have ever had. So juicy and flavorful.

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