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- Getting Around - Hakone is the name given to a town, but also designates a larger area with multiple smaller towns dotted around. If you'd like to make your way around and don't have your own car, you don't need to worry. The Hakone area is equipped with a very efficient public transportation network involving buses, trains, cablecars, and even ropeways. A good option for those who want to simplify their day trip is to buy a Hakone Free Pass and have unlimited use of all travel and transportation options in the Hakone area. You can even include the cost of your transport to and from Tokyo in the purchase of this pass.
- Best Time to Visit - There's no bad time to visit Hakone, but if you want to avoid most of the crowds and enjoy good weather, visiting in late spring or fall is a good idea. The weather in Hakone is quite similar to Tokyo, as there isn't a huge distance between these two locations, but the mountainous nature of the Hakone region tends to make it a little cooler and wetter, so you'll need to prepare for this accordingly in terms of choosing the right clothes and packing the right items for your day trip.
- Hakone Spa - Many people love to enjoy a natural hot springs or spa experience while in Japan, where these kinds of locations are known as 'onsen'. There are countless onsen all over Japan, especially in mountainous and volcanic areas like Hakone. This is one of the best places to enjoy hot springs near Tokyo, so it should definitely be a part of your day trip experience.
- Other Things to Do - As well as spending some time soaking in the hot springs, visitors to Hakone may also want to visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, which was the first of its kind in Japan and features all kinds of beautiful sculptures and artworks in a wide, open area. Lake Ashi is another popular spot to visit, with lots of good recreation activities and nice restaurants with lakeside locations. While visiting Lake Ashi, you can stop off at Hakone Shrine, which has over a thousand years of history behind it.