Lake Ashi

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Lake Ashi
芦ノ湖
LakeAshi and MtFuji Hakone.JPG
Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine
Location Honshū
Coordinates 35°12′35″N 139°0′16″E / 35.20972°N 139.00444°E / 35.20972; 139.00444Coordinates: 35°12′35″N 139°0′16″E / 35.20972°N 139.00444°E / 35.20972; 139.00444
Basin countries Japan

Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖 Ashi-no-ko?), also referred to as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano that last erupted in 1170 CE at Owakudani. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, its numerous hot springs, historical sites, and ryokan. The lake is located on the Tokaido road, the main link between Kyoto and Tokyo. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. Several of the boats are inspired by the design of sailing warships.

Most visitors to Lake Ashi stay in one of the hotels or ryokan located in the area to visit some of the local attractions. Hakone Shrine is a shrine that has been visited by shogun, samurai, and many travelers over the centuries. Large sections of the Old Tokaido road are preserved here. Onshi Park was the summer retreat for the imperial family that is now a public park. Taking the aerial tram Hakone Ropeway to The Great Boiling Valley. From Togendai on Lake Ashi, the Hakone Ropeway aerial tram connects to Sounzan, the upper terminus of the Hakone Tozan Cable Car funicular railway. This in turn connects to the Hakone Tozan Line mountain railway for the descent to Odawara and a connection to Tokyo by the Tōkaidō Shinkansen.[1]

The name means "lake of reeds" in Japanese: 芦 (ashi) is "reed", and 湖 (ko) is "lake". The abundance of nature makes it popular with hikers. There are many trails with different levels of challenge.

Lake Ashi pirate ship
Lake Ashi from Komagatake

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hakone Ropeway". Odakyu Electric Railway. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2007. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] www.lakeashinoko.com "Official English Tourism Guide to Lake Ashi"