Lake Ashi: Hakone’s Best Autumn Colour Spots

Hakone is a popular tourist destination around Tokyo, and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) is one of the top sightseeing spots in the area where you can enjoy the stunning view of the lake and Mt Fuji on the background.

Lake Ashi is located in Hakone, Kanagawa. Hakone has been the busiest tourist destination of the prefecture for many decades, and it’s a great getaway from Tokyo indeed. Hakone and the beautiful lake “Lake Ashi” can be enjoyed for all year around but the best time is definitely autumn. Visit Hakone and Lake Ashi to hunt the spectacular autumn colour as well as the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji!

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi is often called “Hakone Lake”. It’s a scenic lake along Hakone mountain with a view of Mt. Fuji, and the great red torii gate of Hakone shrine which locates along the lake. The lake is pretty touristic surrounded with shops, onsen, hotels and some historical sites. Cruising lakes is the most popular activity to do in Lake Ashi. My recommendation would be to rent a bicycle and cycle around the lake!

The best time to enjoy autumn foliage around Lake Ashi is usually from end of October to mid November. As it’s surrounded with the forest and the mountain, the greatest point of viewing autumn leaves in Lake Ashi is that you can enjoy the different colours of trees in different altitude. Watch the contrast of colours from brown-red-orange-yellow-green on the same mountain. Also to see the great view of Mt.Fuji, better check the weather before hand as it’s the best when the sky is clear.

Lake Ashi

Address: Hakone, Hakone machi, Ashigara-gun, Kanagawa

There are several ways to reach Hakone and Lake Ashi from Tokyo. Please check the link below how to get to Lake Ashi! Taking a direct coach from Shinjuku station to Hakone is one of the easiest ways and it takes around 2 hours!

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