The Hakone outdoor art museum must have one of the most striking settings in the world - a mountainside above a line of valleys that leads down to the sea.
The exhibits are just as impressive - works by Rodin, Moore, Miró, Gormley and Takamichi stud the surroundings, while a series of ceramics by Picasso can be viewed in a separate pavilion.
Visitors to Hakone often find themselves in hot water - in fact many come here specifically to enjoy it. There are hot springs, or onsen, around almost every corner, some with a faint hint of sulphur, others simply steaming away.
One way of enjoying them is to stay at a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn), where guests can enjoy a dip before dining, another before bedtime and yet another before breakfast if they so desire, and many do.
There are plenty of public baths to be found outdoors too, and these are particularly recommended for a soak beneath the stars. The mineral content of the springs varies, depending on their source, but all are believed to be deeply therapeutic and relaxing.
Top itineraries in Hakone
Get a taste of all that this spectacular multi-faceted country has to offer, with private tours of Tokyo, traditional ryokan stays, trips on Japan's 200mph bullet train and visits to world famous temples.
Experience the best Japan has to offer on this 16-day tour, meandering through the modern hi-tech, natural beauty, and the ancient and traditional. Start your tour off in one of the most modern, efficient and largest cities in the world - Tokyo.
Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.
Top places to stay in Hakone
Spacious rooms with private baths and sweeping mountain views set the scene for this traditional Hakone ryokan
As a former imperial retreat, this is Japan’s most luxurious ryokan complete with fine dining and volcanically heated baths.
If you’re looking for a touch of the contemporary, this is the best hotel in Hakone. However, you’ll still find onsen soaks and Ryokan-inspired balconies that look out onto mountain views.
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