Fuji-Hakone-Izu Park 富士箱根伊豆国立公園
Hakone and its pretty ropeway.
Credit: David McKelvey
The Fuji Mount upside down.
A park of many faces
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park aims to enhance the surroundings of Mount Fuji and the volcano itself, as well as the Hakone region, the peninsula and the Izu archipelago. This makes it the park with the most varied landscapes of Japan!
Mount Fuji and its lakes
Mount Fuji: the 3,776 meter ascent is an unforgettable experience, and one that, if you believe the proverb, makes you a wise man. However, the most famous mountain in Japan has more than one string to his bow. There are five of them: the Fujigoko (the five lakes): Motosu, Shoji, Sai, Kamaguchi and Yamanaka, which are also part of the national park. They are the result of the volcanic activity of Mount Fuji, and it's possible to cross them by kayak. Or do you prefer to walk? A hike around the lakes will allow you to admire Mount Fuji and its reflection in their waters, and to take (very instagramable) photos. You can also visit the "sea of trees", Aokigahara, a young forest of only 1,200 years old. You can visit many natural caves and other waterfalls. And don't miss the falls of Shiraito-no-Taki, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan!
The volcanic region of Hakone
Hakone is best known for its natural onsen, and breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. The ascent of Mount Kintoki, whose summit culminates at "only" 1,213 meters, offers you an unparalleled panorama on the sacred mountain. Lake Ashinoko also gives a glimpse of the beautiful sunny days of Mount Fuji. You can also visit Hakone shrine and admire the various sculptures of Buddha. There are also many hiking trails, especially at Owakudani valley that allow you to cross unusual volcanic landscapes.
The Izu peninsula and archipelago
The third area of the park includes volcanic landscapes and ocean. In fact, the coast itself is a complex landscape, alternating cliffs and small coves, due to the activity of volcanoes and natural erosion. Admire the sunset at Cape Irozaki, stroll through the beech forest of Amagi Mountain, swim on the islands of Shikine and Miyake. You can even snorkel or scuba dive: it's a rare opportunity to observe underwater volcanic landscapes!
Read: The Izu Peninsula
As you can see, there's something for everyone in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park! It is, of course, impossible to do everything in one day, so plan several drop-off points, or visit several times, to appreciate all it has to offer and fully enjoy the range of outdoor activities.