Hakone Restaurant Guide

Hakone is the name for the region in southwestern Kanagawa prefecture that surrounds the Hakone caldera.Just as it says in the folk song, "Hakone mountain is the steep climb to heaven" the road to Mount Hakone is extremely difficult, and is thought to have been a strategic point along the old feudal Tokaido road.After the Tokugawa shogunate established a security checkpoint on the shore of Lake Ashi it developed into a post town and from the Edo period onward it drew visitors and townspeople for its "overnight hot spring cure". After WWII the town developed further into a booming resort that draws over 20 million visitors both domestic and international.The Hakone relay is a famous race that takes place around the New Year on either the 2nd or 3rd of January, and draws people from all over Japan brimming with excitement.With a history of about 200 years in the making, Hakone's traditional art of wooden mosaic work is still highly valued as a souvenir or decoration even now.The "Black Eggs" boiled in Owakudani hot spring's geothermal waters are also popular as gifts or a snack, and eating one is said to add seven years to your life.

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