Attraction Onshihakone Park, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Onshi Hakone Park is special ?
Onshi Hakone Park is a beautiful park located on the side of Lake Ashi. It is built on the small peninsula. The park was constructed as the summer resort palace for the imperial family in Meiji era. After WWII, it was given to Kanagawa prefecture.
The remains of the Hakone-area imperial country villa are located in this park, which is surrounded with Fuji cherry trees, golden-rayed lilies, and other plants and trees of the meticulously-cared-for garden. The park is famous for its stunning views of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji.
There is small hiking course to enjoy nature. The museum is also open as free resting place.
What to explore at Onshi Hakone Park?
When crossing the parking area. You have four possible directions to go in at the entrance gate. The small path to the left meanders along the lakeside. It has many ups and downs but the view from the path is quite nice. The wide road on the left gently goes up the hill and is quite an easy walk. It passes the middle of the hill and connects with a few viewing points. The middle route goes though a woods and groves of trees and finally reaches the top of the hill. It is also an easy walk. The path to the right goes along the east side of the peninsula and takes you to the bottom of 200 stone steps. These steps connect with the top of the hill.
You can enjoy a short hike by going this way. Walking along the west edge of the peninsula, you can see Ashino-ko Lake on the left, you will sometimes find deep blue water between the woods, and Mt. Fuji shows her head over the closer mountains. There are a few points where you can reach down and touch the cold water of the lake. You can stand on the shore and watch ships and boats very closely. When you climb up the hill, the woods changes from natural trees to well-trimmed trees.
The Imperial villa main house is a white building that sits on the top of the hill. You can see some references and materials related to it in an exhibition area on the first floor. The second floor has a tearoom. Take a break and enjoy the wonderful view from the balcony, as if you had become an honored guest from your country.
How to get to Onshi Hakone Park?
Get off at the Hakone-Yumoto Station, from there take a mountain climbing bus towards Hakone-machi for 44 minutes, and get off at the Onshi-Kouen-Mae bus stop.
- A pleasant walk through scenic grounds
- Autumn colour & vistas galore
- Relaxing and comfortable environment
- One of the greatest garden in Hakone
- Admiring many items of the former Hakone-Rikyu Palace
Onshihakone Park, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Tips for you
Having survived your pirate ship voyage, loos ashore, walk along to the Hakone checkpoint, circa 1619, where there are many interesting shops. One of these is a box maker who produces wonderful marquetry/parquetry patterns in a unique way. Also all of them have ingenious mechanisms to open, make sure you know how before buying ! The full name is Yosegi-Zaiku & Karakuri Box, Hakone Maruyama-Bussan. Ask if the owner can give a small demonstration of how the patterns are made, he is quite a character. Continue walking into the park which has probably the best shots of the lake/Mt Fuji. A very relaxing place to recover from the pirates. The colours must be wonderful in the Spring. Continuing you can walk along part of the Old Tokaido Trail , from Kyoto to Edo,lined with enormous Cryptomeria, said to be over 300+ years old. Many shrines along the way and you end up back at the lakeside. Another 7/11 lunch, but, at least you can eat healthy on the lakes edge, washed down by green tea. The queue builds up very fast & long for the boat, so, get to it if you want a specific location, or seat.
Drop by a cup of coffee