Owaku-dani Valley
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  • BaKr01
    Malmö, Sweden125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different landscape, black egg
    Awesome landscape with sulfur scent. Seems to be best known for its black eggs which are said to prolong life. Tastes just fine, like regular eggs. Unfortunately, you can only tour the fenced area if you speak Japanese. But definitely worth a visit anyway.
    Visited June 2023
    Written September 20, 2023
  • pandora m
    Singapore, Singapore243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views
    Views were stunning, Museum was informative. Winds were too strong for us to enjoy our time there. We signed up for a guided walk into the research area which was cancelled for safety reasons due to the strong winds. It would have been an amazing opportunity. You can sign up at the official website (for free). Can consider giving the black eggs a skip - we bought and it tasted like normal eggs. You can also take a good picture of Mt Fuji (if skies are clear) at the carpark (there is a platform in the middle of the carpark). Food is considerably pricy at this location - bring along your own food or plan your lunch/meals in other areas.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 9, 2023
  • John and Deb K
    Karratha, Australia776 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Effort
    On approach via the cable car the dead forests are the first thing you notice, the smell of Sulfur. Once again this is a tourist hot spot so lots of people, but it is worth the view. It is stated not to stay longer than 15 minutes due to the Sulfur. Incredible to watch all the tourists eating the black eggs. Saying is that you extend you life by seven years if you consume one of these eggs - but no refund if it doesn't work!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, California1,428 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to get there but bad weather made it impossible to see anything
    The whole Hakone loop is pretty interesting in the different forms of transport. It was cloudy and rainy so nothing to do here but eat the black eggs, which taste like regular eggs. I enjoyed the concept of taking a rope car and a cable car but the weather just made the destination not as grand as we couldn’t see anything.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 19, 2024
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zepned44
Medford, NJ254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were there on a very cold day and there was a lot of snow and ice in the parking lot and surrounding area. The views from this area were spectacular and we had partial views of Fuji and the fumaroles. The smell of sulfur (rotten eggs) was prevalent. The gift shop is large and the specialty were the hard boiled black eggs. Definitely worth a visit.
Written March 5, 2020
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Piotr S
Krakow, Poland236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Great place: You can stand almost in the crater of the active volcano. Coming to Owakudani use ropeway coming from Hakone - currently railway coming from Odawara is under reconstruction, but it is not a problem for Japanese: they provide alternative option to reach ropeway by bus. So, using ropeway You will travel over the crater, where there is still active sulphur "mine" and installation allowing for heating water for onsens in Hakone. For those, who would like to see hot springs over the parking: the way leading directly to the springs is currently closed due to observed a little bit higher volcano activity. So the last place, which you can reach is the parking.
There is also an option to eat black eggs: eggs boiled in the volcano water, rich in local minerals. After few minutes of boiling, eggs shell turns black. Nice effect ;-).
Written March 16, 2020
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
On approach via the cable car the dead forests are the first thing you notice, the smell of Sulfur. Once again this is a tourist hot spot so lots of people, but it is worth the view. It is stated not to stay longer than 15 minutes due to the Sulfur. Incredible to watch all the tourists eating the black eggs. Saying is that you extend you life by seven years if you consume one of these eggs - but no refund if it doesn't work!
Written April 4, 2024
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petite c
Melbourne, Australia797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Here offers a great volcanic scenic view and has a far view of Fuji mountain too.
There are rope cars connected to Ashi Lake. Shops selling souvenirs, eggs cooked by volcanic water (actually taste likes normal hard boiled egg), smoked eggs and local authentic drink called rice sweet wine but no alcohol.
Pretty windy and relatively cold there. Make sure you go there with full gears like scarves and gloves.
Written January 16, 2020
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MariamJavier
Japan199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We took a scenic drive to Owakudani in October. Unfortunately the hiking paths were closed but we still spent time roaming around the different shops & viewing different areas of the geothermal valley. The smell of sulfur was strong but not unbearable. Bought some of the famous kuro tamago eggs (eggs boiled in volcanic hot springs which turns the egg shells black & when eaten, fabled to extend your life). The eggs were great tasting!
Written January 26, 2021
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BaKr01
Malmö, Sweden125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Awesome landscape with sulfur scent. Seems to be best known for its black eggs which are said to prolong life. Tastes just fine, like regular eggs. Unfortunately, you can only tour the fenced area if you speak Japanese. But definitely worth a visit anyway.
Written September 20, 2023
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,428 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The whole Hakone loop is pretty interesting in the different forms of transport. It was cloudy and rainy so nothing to do here but eat the black eggs, which taste like regular eggs. I enjoyed the concept of taking a rope car and a cable car but the weather just made the destination not as grand as we couldn’t see anything.
Written May 19, 2024
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We arrived at Owakudani via the Hakone ropeway from Togenda-ko. We had the most outstanding weather and the views of Mount Fuji were brilliant. We were unbelievably lucky. You can observe the dynamic activity of the volcano such as boiling water cauldrons and fumarolic gas blowing up white smoke. One of the local specialties is the “black eggs”, whose main trait is in the shells that turn black due to a chemical reaction with geothermal energy and volcanic gas. We had a delicious lunch at the restaurant near the souvenir shop. It was definately a meal with a view.
Written January 2, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Awesome. There are many amazing things to do here. Go for a gondola ride up Mount Hakone, view the awesome scenery from the mountain side, see the volcanic heated hot springs, eat volcanic gas blackened eggs, and more. While visiting Mount Hakone, I ate two of the famous Kuro tamagotchi black eggs. They are hard boiled for an hour in the hot spring waters of Mount Hakone. The combination of geothermal heat and Hakone volcanic gases cause the egg shell to blacken. Legend has it that eating a Kuro tamagotchi black egg will increase your life expectancy by seven years. Most of the sightseers ate an egg. Life has been good so far, so I ate two.
Written April 3, 2019
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Liran A
Israel1,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Owakudani is amazing volcanic zone, with sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers.
there is a short walking trail leads from the ropeway station into the volcanic zone to a number of steam vents and bubbling pools.
dont forget to buy the black eggs (cooked in the sulfur hot water) and black ice cream!

make sure that the route is not close before you visiting!.

day trip with the Hakone Free Pass :
i took the train from tokyo to Odawara,
from there i changed to Hakone Tozan Railway to gora,
from gore i took the the Souzan Cablecar and stop at Owakudani volcanic zone, after visiting this amazing volcanic area, i took the cable car from Owakudani to Togendai, to the Hakone Sightseeing Boat ride on Lake Ashi.
after the boat ride you can take the buses to one of the many attractions in hakone (i went to the open air museum and the hot spring for discount prices for Hakone Free Pass holders) and then back to tokyo by train.

I bought the Hakone Free Pass for approximately 5000 yen, you can buy it from all the Major railway stations along the Odakyu Railway Line (i bought it at Shinjuku Station,Tokyo)
the pass includes:
1) round trip from the Tokyo to Hakone.
2) use of buses, trains, boats, cablecars and ropeways within the Hakone area.
3) Discounted admission to selected tourist attractions in Hakone.

great 1 day trip, that was packed to 1 affordable tkt.
Written December 9, 2015
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