Friday, 25 January 2013

Popular Japanese Weekend Destinations: Hakone National Park

Weekend Tour Destination Hakone National Park
Every country has nature reserves that are intended to conserve various species of flora and fauna, like Kanha National Park of India. These reserves or national parks also serve as an ideal place to visit for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Local residents also tour these exciting places during weekends along with their families. Japan also has its very own Hakone National Park, which is a popular weekend destination. It is also known as Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and includes Hakone area, Izu Islands, Izu Peninsula and Mount Fuji area. These four regions are full of beautiful spots where tourists can enjoy breathtaking views.

Hakone area consists of Old Tokaido Road and a botanical garden where huge varieties of plants can be found. It also has a scenic lake called Ashi or Ashinoko, while the hot springs around a volcanic valley offers an opportunity for tourists to enjoy eggs that are hard-boiled in these natural, hot springs. Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands and popular destinations for scuba diving. Mount Fuji area has the highest mountain of Japan by the same name and famous waterfalls known as 'Shiraito Falls'. It also consists of Fuji Five Lakes that were formed due to previous volcanic eruptions of Mount Fuji. To the northwest of this region is Aokigahara, which is a quiet forest with dense trees. This region also has a popular lake called Tanuki that offers fishing and boating facilities for tourists. The Izu Peninsula contains Mount Amagi and Atami hot springs, while Atagawa Tropical and Alligator Garden gives a chance for visitors to witness numerous species of reptiles.

People who want to visit Hakone National Park can reach the place easily from Tokyo with the help of an excellent transportation network. The Hakone Tozan Bus and Hakone Tozan Train have a good frequency and offer great convenience for travelers visiting the region's attractions. There are many other modes that tourists can try while they go on a sightseeing trip in Hakone. While it is extremely popular weekend getaway, there are certain historical places in this region which can be of great interest for visitors.