Ashinoko (Ashi Lake)
Lying in the caldera above Hakone, ‘Ashinoko’ or Ashi Lake, is known for its tranquil view of Mount Fuji and tranquil atmosphere. The area around the lake is relatively undeveloped with only a couple of small townships and hotels running along the shore.
Accessible from Hakone using the Hakone Tozan Railway and then the Hakone Ropeway, ‘Ashinoko’ or Ashi Lake is a popular destination, known for its beautiful view of Fuji and famous red ‘torii’ of Hakone Shrine. Two companies operate sightseeing boats on the lake. Expect to pay around JPY1000 with cruises lasting a relatively short 30 minutes.
It is worth noting that should the weather be poor, there may be no view of Fuji so it was worth planning your visit in combination with nearby attractions such as Owakudani or the Hakone Open-Air Museum, to make your visit worthwhile should the weather work against you.