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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0521, Japan
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Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Created 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, this lake is cruised by boats year round and, from its southern edge, offers the view of Mt. Fuji... more » Owner description: Created 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, this lake is cruised by boats year round and, from its southern edge, offers the view of Mt. Fuji often seen in tourist brochures. « less
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Bunbury, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived early to get the first boat across Lake Ashi. We thought we would have a view of Mt Fuji but I think we were on the wrong part of the lake. There are three areas to board the boats on this lake. We walked along the shore area to the torii gates and shrine. It was worth the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

With our Hakone Free Pass, we rode across Lake Ashi to Moto-Hakone where we stopped for lunch. The boat ride was a bit chilly to sit outside on the upper deck for the 30 minute ride. There wasn't much visibility that day but it was an interesting experience. The boats are fully loaded with passengers who visited Owakudani Valley.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Especially on a foggy day which adds a lot of mystery. The boat tour is worth taking as it gets you past the torii gate in the water, the detached palace and a lot of nice views. Be sure to try some of the plentiful ice cream tastes on the shore in Moto-Hakone (I had sweet potato).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

If its a clear day you can see Mt Fuji from the blue waters of Lake Ashi. The Old Style ferry boats are charming and relaxing. We were unable to see Mt Fuji the day we were there (cloudy). But are glad we went none the less.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I boarded the ship as part of the Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour. Ship in the shape of the pirates, amazing natural beauty through the journey in the lake. Go up the roof of the ship to enjoy the full view. If there is no rain you are lucky.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We took the boat tour of Lake Ashi during the Gray Line day trip (Mt. Fuji and Hakone). In addition to several scenic views of Mt. Fuji, we enjoyed seeing the red gate of the Hakone Shrine, which looked like it was floating on the lake.

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Tecumseh, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Take the ferry across the lake and enjoy the gardens and small towns that surround it. The town is a small Japanese resort city with numerous attractions, but the lake KC the central and beautiful attraction.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is a beautiful lake. Only regret is that we couldn't see Mt. Fuji that day due to the clouds covering it. It is also quite cool when you take the sightseeing boat so be sure to bring an extra coat!

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goldcoastlocal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took one of the "pirate" ships across the lake as part of our Hakone pass. It was a pleasant journey where we got to see some of the settlements dotted around the lake.

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Ridgefield, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As you come down from the ropeway, you have the opportunity to take a short cruise on this lake. The weather was not the best and being on the lake was actually a bit cold plus, there was no view of Fuji. When the day is clear and sunny, the reflections of Fuji in the lake must be spectacular. There... More

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