The town of Hakone is situated in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, just 90mins by train from Tokyo. Hakone is home to many renowned hot springs. They have about 20 different qualities and are known as "Hakone Seventeen Spas."
Hakone has been one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts for centuries. Nowadays, more than a dozen springs provide hot spring water to the many bath houses and ryokan in the Hakone region.
Yumoto, at the entrance to the Hakone area near Odawara, is Hakone's most famous hot spring, dating back over 1,000 years, it boasts high quality water and numerous baths and inns. Many more hot spring facilities can be found throughout the mountains of Hakone as well as along the shores of Lake Ashi.
You can enjoy the areas hot springs by staying in a ryokan, using a public bath house or visiting a ryokan as a daytime visitor. Ryokan overnight guests can use the spas for free, whilst daytime visitors can enjoy them for a reasonable admission fee. They can also sample the ryokans delicious food by ordering a bento lunch box as part of their visit.
Access: 90mins from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Odakyu Line; or 40mins from Tokyo to Odawara by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 15mins from Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone Tozan Line.
Further information: Hakone Navi