volcanic holes of Owakudani 大涌谷

  • Published on : 05/07/2019
  • by : O.F.
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Hakone's "Great Boiling Valley"

THE OWAKUDANI VOLCANIC VALLEY IS ONE OF THE PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED IF YOU ARE VISITING HAKONE! LOCATED ON THE HEIGHTS OF LAKE ASHI, VISITORS GO THERE AS MUCH FOR THE IMPRESSIVE SULFUR ERUPTION OF ITS NATURAL HOT SPRINGS AS FOR THE MAGNIFICENT VIEW OF THE LEGENDARY MOUNT FUJI.

Owakudani being on the heights of Hakone, in addition to enjoying a privileged view of the various hot water basins from which these thick fumes come out, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. Although less well-known than the viewpoint from Lake Ashi below, it is worth the trip.

 

Near these sulfurous hot springs, you will also find a small boutique temple and a ramen restaurant. Something to invigorate your mind and body before continuing the adventure.

For the more adventurous, a hiking trail starts from Owakudani Ropeway Station and continues to Mount Komagatake, from where you can take the Komagatake Ropeway to Lake Ashi.

The hike takes about 2 hours and is very enjoyable. But be careful, it is for experienced hikers and you will need suitable equipment.

 

Owakudani

Owakudani

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Black eggs: Kuro-tamago

 

 

What is the local culinary specialty? Kuro Tamago!

Here you can buy black eggs cooked in the hot springs of the volcanic valley. This particular color that makes these hard-boiled eggs famous is because the shells are blackened by sulfur from the Owakudani springs during cooking.

A local legend says that eating these black eggs would prolong life by seven years!

You will find them in particular in the small Owakudani Kurotamago Kan shop, just next to the fuel station.

Les oeufs noir de Hakone

Hakone's Black Eggs

David Monniaux


Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    Take the cable car from Togendai Station (1,050 yen) to Owakudani Station.
  • Price

    1,050 yen for the cable car

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