Enjoy Hakone, one of the most famous sightseeing places in Japan, to the fullest!
Hakone is a very popular onsen (hot spring) area that is close to Tokyo. It takes only about one and a half hours by train from central Tokyo. The place is bustling with many visitors from in and out of Japan over weekends. Not just hot springs, Hakone also offers various leisure attractions such as gourmet food and amusement facilities, but none as exciting as Lake Ashi that overlooks Mt. Fuji!
Yuransen (pleasure boats) are regarded as a symbol of Lake Ashi. The view of Mt. Fuji from a boat moving slowly is really magnificent! You can also view various famous spots along the lake from the boat.
A ninja in Hakone !? What is this black vehicle?
A completely new attraction different from usual pleasure boats has appeared in Hakone! It’s the “NINJA BUS Water Spider”!
NINJA BUS Water Spider is a newly released amphibious bus operating around Lake Ashi. The bus will run from Motohakone to the shore of Lake Ashi on land and then will directly go in the lake at the shore near Hakone-en Garden! You will feel as if you are in an exciting ride at an amusement park the moment the bus dives into the water! A dynamic ride that provides a level of exhilaration which just a bus or boat ride cannot offer!
NINJA BUS Water Spider
Boarding places: Hakone-en stop / Motohakone stop
Operation: 6 buses a day
Capacity: 42 passengers
Fare: 2,800 yen per adult/ 1,400 yen per child under elementary school age/ 500 yen per child under 2 years old
For more details, check below!
Travel around Hakone in a NINJA BUS Water Spider!
Get on such a NINJA BUS Water Spider and visit famous sightseeing spots around Lake Ashi! The first spot we want to introduce is Hakone Shrine, a spiritual site near Lake Ashi in Hakone that locals are proud of. The shrine is considered to be a power source of the Hakone mountain range where gods reside. People believe that these gods will bring them fortune and protect them against misfortune, fulfill their heartfelt desire, or help them find their ideal partner. Many visitors from all over the world have visited here to see its impressive atmosphere.
Tabimonogatari-kan where you can have fun in various ways
Although Hakone Sekisho Tabimonogatari-kan is a bit further from Motohakone, the boarding place of NINJA BUS Water Spider, it is definitely worth a visit. You can enjoy a meal in a relaxed manner while viewing the lake as well as purchase a variety of local souvenirs here. You can even get a feel of travelers in old times by having odango (sweet round dumplings made from rice flour) and amazake (sweet non-alcohol drink made from fermented rice) at Obansho Chaya, a reproduction of an old Japanese café!
Furthermore, you can experience getting dressed in a beautiful kimono or yukata (cotton kimono). You don’t need to worry about how to wear a kimono because the staff at the rental shop will help you wear it. Walking around Hakone while dressed in a kimono will give quite a unique experience and without a doubt, this will be a wonderful memory of your trip to Japan! You can also experience tea ceremony, which involves preparing your own matcha (green tea), as an optional plan. Why don’t you enjoy two quintessential activities associated with Japanese culture in Hakone?
Your trip to Hakone will be more enjoyable!
Lake Ashi offers many fun activities, which include visiting famous sightseeing spots, eating local delicious food, being relaxed in an onsen bath! Please get on a NINJA BUS Water Spider, a much-talked-about attraction and fully enjoy this new amusement on your Hakone trip!