Hakone Jinja Shrine in Hakone, Japan

Hakone Jinja Shrine (Hakone Shrine) or 箱根神社 located at Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. Hakone Shrine stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and two others over the main street of Moto-Hakone.

A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the forest to the main building of the shrine, which sits peacefully among the tall trees. The shrine is beautiful throughout the year, and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist. Hakone Jinja Shrine is also Lake Ashi of symbol “Tori” (Red Shrine Gate) is a shrine with a long history. Built in 1309, which corresponds to the Edo ruled by Tokugawa Ieyasu and also the respect of the samurai.


Hakone Shrine is believed to have been built since the year 745, or the era of Emperor Dicho Cho. With the original location on the top of Mount Hakone along with the legend that the people in Hakone area suffer from huge disasters every year It is believed to be caused by a 9-headed dragon that lives in the bottom of Lake Ashi. Resulting in the sacrifice of the dragon by the lives of 1 infant per year, even in the year B.E. 1667 A priest walks through this area. Therefore helping the villagers spell the spirits of the 9-headed dragon into the lake and relocated the shrine from the top of the hill Down to the lake area of ​​Ashi to this day Hakone Shrine is also an important historical place in Japan. Since in the past the family of Minamoto Yoritomo, the entire crown of the child was executed And he was exiled from Kyoto and took refuge at this Hakone Shrine Over time He has assembled a brigade to take back the power to succeed and was the founder of the Shogakamakura government of Kanagawa Which is considered the 2nd shogunate regime established in Japan This shrine is therefore respected by both the Shogun and the samurai very much.

Address: 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi

Open Hours: Free admission (Hortri opens 9.00 to 16.30 hrs. Chinmon Gate is open 5:00 to 18:00 Closing time is subject to change) and No holiday

How to get there:

  • Hakone Shrine is a five minute walk from the Moto-Hakone boat pier, which is a 35 minute bus ride by Hakone Tozan Bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station by bus line H (4-5 buses per hour, covered by the Hakone Free Pass).

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