Besides bathing in beverages and a limited budget, another reason why I wanted to visit Hakone was the Hakone shrine gate at Lake Ashi. Living in Japan, shrines and shrine gates are everywhere but this one was different. I was attracted to the shrine gate in the lake.
When many people think of Lake Ashi, the first image that comes to mind is that of the Hakone shrine gate on the lake. Hakone shrine has a couple of shrine gates but the most fascinating is the one at Lake Ashi.
Ntendeni at Lake Ashi
Lake Ashi is also known for the pirate ships that give people views of Mount Fuji and Hakone shrine from the lake.
I was fortunate to see clear views of Mount Fuji for all the days I was in Hakone.