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Owakudani is also known as the Great Boiling Valley. It is a volcanic valley in country of Japan. It has active sulphur vents as well as hot springs. It was created due to the explosion of the volcano of Hakone some 3000 odd years ago. Since then, this place has shown volcanic activity. This volcanic activity as well as the scenic view of the surroundings from the top of the mountain is the reason which attracts thousands of tourists here every year. The funitel on the way to the mountain also offers an exemplary view of mount Fuji. The sulphur vents on the mountain can also be seen from the top while riding this cableway. This attraction offers an unique experience as there are very few active volcanic sites in the world which tourists are allowed to visit. This attraction is a must see during your visit to Japan.
Visit the active volcano at Owakudani
The volcanic smoke valley is the main attraction at this mountain. This mountain turned into a tourist attraction after the mountain erupted with its volcano. This mountain in its full glory is magnificent. The active volcanic activity can be felt from the mountain as you stand on it. The spewing ash keeps reminding you of the thrill of the volcano. The hot springs are a surprise addition to the mountain and keep you warm on the chilly days. The view from the top of the mountain as well as from the cable car is stunning. The scenic surroundings and the hot springs seen from the top mesmerise you. The valley can be seen from as high as 130 meters from the cable car and the experience is unmatchable. Although it is a stunning experience, people with respiratory as well as cardiac problems should avoid going into the valley for the sake of their health.
The valley is full of hot springs due to the volcanic activity of the region. The locals of the region have put these hot water springs to great use. One of the attractions of the valley is the black eggs, these eggs are hard boiled eggs. The unique thing about these eggs is that they are boiled in the water of the hot springs. The sulphur from the hot water turns the hard-boiled egg black and that is where they get their name. these eggs are now considered as a local delicacy and most of the tourists visiting try them. Though ordinary, everyone who has eaten these eggs agrees that they taste different due to being boiled in the hot water springs. This is a thing to do worth trying in the Owakudani.
The lake of Ashinoko was formed due to the volcanic eruption of the mountain of Hakone about three thousand years ago. The lake with the background filled with mount Fuji is now considered as a symbol of the city of Hakone. The surroundings of the lake remain on the undeveloped sides which gives the lake and its surroundings a scenic view. This is a venue to soak yourself in the nature and spending some time in these serene surroundings refreshes you. This place is also a photographer’s paradise because of its setting. For the others, its serenity is enough to attract you and make you stay. The lake also has sightseeing cruises which take you around the lake for a better view of the wonderful surroundings.
How to Get Tickets?
There are no tickets to the valley itself as such but you need tickets for the cable car and such. Booking tickets in advance is preferable to avoid long queues at the start. The long queues take a fair bit of waiting and timing is of crucial importance while visiting this attraction due to the poor visibility during most of the except some times.
How To Get Around?
Getting around is fairly easy. You can get there by three ways, viz. cable car, bus as well as by railway. The quickest way is through the cable car which takes only 20 mins and also offers a spectacular view which is why it is recommended.
What Should I Wear?
Casual and comfortable clothes are the best option here. Avoid anything fancy and make sure you wear shoes so that walking in the valley is easier.
Best Time to Visit
The period of spring that is the duration from March to May is the most recommended time to visit here. The weather is extremely pleasant during this period and visibility is good as well. For the attraction itself, visit during early mornings or late afternoons for the best experience.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, a guide is not required.
How To Get There?
Hakone is reachable by train as well as by road. There are public buses which ply to other cities. The trains are extremely quick and on time too.
Carry a bag of essentials and keep the surroundings in mind as it is an active volcano.