Hakone and Hot Springs

Easily accessible from Tokyo, Hakone is famous for its spectacular mountain scenery and hot-spring spas with indoor and outdoor baths. Because it was on the old Tokaido trading route between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo) during the days of the shogun, Hakone has many historic sights, including a 1.5-mile remnant of the Tokaido footpath and centuries-old Japanese inns with hot-spring baths.

Mt. Fuji, a 12,355-foot cone of almost perfect symmetry, is Japan's tallest and most sacred mountain. It's officially open for climbing in July and August, but the best views are from scenic Hakone.