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Tokyo Sights

Hakone Ropeway

  • 1–15–1 Shiroyama Map It
  • Odawara
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Updated 08/19/2013

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At the cable-car terminus of Soun-zan, a gondola called the Hakone Ropeway swings up over a ridge and crosses the valley called Owaku-dani, also known as "Great Boiling Valley," on its way to Togendai. The landscape here is desolate, with sulfurous billows of steam escaping through holes from some inferno deep in the earth—yet another reminder that Japan is a chain of volcanic islands. At the top of the ridge is one of the two stations where you can leave the gondola. From here, a ¾-km (½-mile) walking course wanders among the sulfur pits in the valley. Just below the station is a restaurant; the food here is truly terrible, but on a clear day the view of Mt. Fuji is perfect. Remember that if you get off the gondola at any stage, you—and others in the same situation—will have to wait for someone to make space on a later gondola before you can continue down to Togendai and Ashi-no-ko (but the gondolas come by every minute).

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1–15–1 Shiroyama, Odawara, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0045, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥1,020
  • Mar.–Nov., daily 8:45–5:15; Dec.–Feb., daily 9:15–4:15

Updated 08/19/2013


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