If you see the spectacular view of Lake Ashinoko, one of the highlights of sightseeing in Hakone, be sure to use a pleasure boat or a pirate boat that can explore on the water. There are two types of tourist vessels operating on Lake Ashinoko.
One is “Hakone Ashinoko sightseeing cruises”, which is managed by the Izu Hakone Railway Group. There are 4 in all: Jyukoku-maru, Ashinoko-maru, Hakone-maru, and Dainikoma.
The inside of the ship is spacious with free seats, and from the front of the first floor you can see the state of the captain who steers well. In addition, the view on the second floor is 180 degrees wide and you can enjoy the scenery. Furthermore, when the weather is nice, you can enjoy the view from the deck, the air outside. There are many people who take a picture with the view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area, so don’t forget to prepare your camera and smartphone.
The other is the “Hakone Pirate Ship” operated by Hakone Kankosen Co., Ltd., which has a total of three Royal II, Versa and Victory.
The Hakone Pirate Ship is a cruise ship that takes 40 minutes to travel around Lake Ashinoko. There are three ports to call, and you can get on and off at any port. You can keep on board the ship and go around the lake, or you can get off the ship at some port and take a tour of the area and get on again.
There are plenty of tourist facilities around Lake Ashinoko, so make a boarding plan depending on where you want to go sightseeing.
The pirate ship has a staff who is dressed as a pirate who can take photos together.
Also, if you pay a special fee, you can enjoy a rich boat trip on the soft sofa of the gorgeous special cabin.
The Hakone pirate ship has a fantastic look that is modeled on a French or British battleship. If you are traveling with children, it is definitely a good memory to board. You can also go to the special observation deck if you pay extra.
Although it is the Hakone hot spring known as a popular hot-springs resort, the Ashinoko (lake Ashi) in the foot of Mount Hakone is a popular tourist attraction, too. And, speaking of sightseeing in Lake Ashi, it will be a cruise which turns around a lake with a pleasure boat.
Here is two kinds of sightseeing ship called Hakone Kaizoku-sen (Pirates of Hakone) and Ashinoko Sightseeing Cruise (Pleasure-boat of Lake Ashi). Because operators are different each, the course and the characteristics are different, too.
Ashinoko Sightseeing Cruise is the outstanding stability and catamaran pleasure boat with the width for 2 boats, and can enjoy the tour around Ashinoko in a relaxed manner. Four port are established in the lakeside as the port of former Hakone Checking Station, Moto-hakone port, the port of Hakone Park, and Kojiri port. Using a liner and a cruise ship to operate between each port, you can visit the dotted tourist attraction. In 360 fields of view, the view deck can overlook mountains in Hakone and Mt. Fuji, etc..
The port of Kojiri is a harbor located in the north side of the lake Ashi. The Hakone Ropeway is near and is the port nearest Togendai-eki Station. Moreover, Kuzuryu-jinja shrine famous for matchmaking is also in the neighborhood.
The Hakone aquarium is near the port of Hakone Park. You can enjoy biology of the sea in a Hakone in a mountain.
The 3rd harbor at which a pleasure boat calls is Moto-hakone port. Hakone-jinja shrine, an art museum, etc. are located in the neighborhood. There are many sightseeing spots of Ashinoko which adult can enjoy.
The 4th harbor at which Sightseeing cruise ship arrives is the port of former Hakone Checking Station. According to the name, it is the port where Hakone barrier is near. You can take a walk through the sightseeing spot while feeling
Hakone has much highlight and spot which can be enjoyed not only on a hot spring resort but on the outskirts of Ashinoko. On the pleasure boat which a family can enjoy all together, let’s make a pleasant memory.
|Name:||Ashinoko (Lake Ashi) Sightseeing Cruise|
|Address:||Motohakone 45-3 Ashigarashimogun Hakonemachi, Kanagawa 250-0522 Japan|
|Access:||Hakone Tozan Tetsudo-sen Line “Hakone Yumoto-eki Station” (20 minutes by car)|
|Price:||One-day open tickets for Cruise (Reorganization of fares in 2017)
1,840 yen (Adult)
920 yen (Elementary School Children or under)
Please refer the official web page.