Huge Torii Gate Hakone Shrine
Huge Torii Gate Moto-Hakone Main Street
Facts & Figures
Nestled in a location overlooking the amazing Lake Ashi, you will find a Shinto shrine that can be traced back to the Heian Period (794 - 1185) known as the Hakone Shrine. Also known as Hakone Gongen or Hakone Jinja, the shrine is surrounded by large cedars and pines, which is partly what helps to add to the beauty and charm of the Hakone Shrine and its surroundings. Many people arrive at the shrine to pray, others to get married; it is particularly popular with many local women who arrive there to pray every day.
- Hakone Shrine:
- Opening Hours - always, whole day
- Closed - never
- Admission Fee - free
The Hakone Shrine has a long and interesting history that begun in 757. The ancient people who lived among the large cedar trees had been dealing with steam explosions from the mountains for hundreds of years. For a long time, they associated the explosions with evil forces, as a result of the evil nine headed dragon that was thought to inhabit the nearby Ashinoko Lake. Fortunately, a monk practicing at Mt. Komagatake, which was the shrines original location, managed to exorcise the dragon, which successfully sanctified the land and made it peaceful again. It is believed that the dragon was enshrined there, which helps to explain the shrine’s source of mystical power. The current buildings you see are dating back to 1667.
Hakone Shrine is located within Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park at the shores of Lake Ashi in the small town Hakone.
Address: 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0522
How to get to Hakone Shrine?
- 2hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Lake Ashi by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus or
- 2hrs from Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Hakone Yumoto Station by Odakyu Railways and
- 35min from Hakone Yumoto Station to Moto-Hakone boat pier by Hakone Tozan Bus and
- 6min from Moto-Hakone boat pier to the shrine
Hakone Shrine Museum - On display are a number of the shrine’s treasures. Five of them are classified as a National Important Cultural Property.
Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)
Kosui Matsuri in Hakone (31st)
Enjoy the Firework Festival and Floating Lanterns at this beautiful place.
Hakone Shrine Reidai Festival (1st)
The Hakone Shrine holds this festival once a year to pray for the long life and health of the shrine and visitors. It is the main festival of the shrine.
Kojiri Ryujin (Dragon) God Festival in Hakone (4th)
An event dedicated to the enshrined Dragon of Lake Ashi. Enjoy the huge fireworks at the evening.
Susuki Matsuri in Hakone (25th)
Grand Singing Show