Hakone is one of the nearest Hot Springs and the beautiful sights. Although the fall coming has been getting delayed due to the impact of global warming anywhere, finally the leaves are changing to Red and Yellow at the end of November at Hakone area.
Early sunny morning, it’s getting pretty colder, then the steam is coming from the surface of Lake Ashinoko. It’s a kind of fantastic illusion. Then around Lake Ashinoko, mountains and forests are ablaze with fall colors. One of the most popular scenery in Hakone is the one from Motohakone. The beautiful contrast of snow-capped Mt. Fuji, red gateway of Hakone shrine, sightseeing pirate ships and deep blue color of Lake Ashinoko.
After the few weeks closure due to the damage of several heavy typhoon coming this year, Owakudani is opening again. Owakudani means a great bubbling valley and is the place where you can see the real volcanic activity and smell volcanic gases such as H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) and SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) detrimental to our health. It was created by volcanic activity of central cone called Kami-yama (1438 meters above sea level and the highest of all Mt. Hakone) about 3,000 years ago. Owakudani is one of the most scenic Mt. Fuji observatory places as well as Otome pass, Mikuni pass, Mt. Taikan and Motohakone.