Hakone is located to the south of Mt Fuji and has been a popular spot since the Samurai warriors ordered an onsen (natural hot water spring bath) be built here in 1590 and to this day, the area is home to more onsen than any other in Japan. An assemblage of cable-cars, ropeways and funicular railways connect the numerous small communities that host a selection of museums, including the outdoor sculpture park (with exhibits by Henry Moore, Miro, Maillol and Rodin) to a Ferrari exhibition hall and even a tour around the lake by pirate ship!
From the ropeways, on a clear day, you will get majestic views of the lush surroundings, nearby mountains and away in the distance the domineering Mt. Fuji.
If you are up for the challenge of climbing Fuji, there is a special climbing season which runs from 1st July through to the end of August - either walking day or by night. The views from the summit are incredible and catching sunrise from the top of 'Fuji-san' is a never-to-be-forgotten, once in a life time sight.