Lake Ashi is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Located in Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, it lies in the caldera of Mount Hakone, formed 200,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption.
The lake is approximately eight kilometres long and is surrounded by mountains on all sides.
The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise takes passengers across the lake on a boat, modelled on a medieval sailing vessel. Setting off from Hakone-Machi-Ko, passengers will see the red torii gates of the Hakone Shrine, which stand prominently in the lake, the shrine itself being hidden in the dense forest.
The cruise then takes passengers to the Hakone-Yumoto ropeway, where they can visit the Ōwakundani volcanic area.
Two companies operate cruises on Lake Ashi. The Hakone Free Pass can be used on the Hakone Sightseeing Boats. The last cruise sets sail at 15:30.