Crowd Forecast

Many travelers visit Hakone during the start of festivals and the peak times for cherry blossoms and azaleas.
We suggest checking which days will be crowded when planning your trip.

Crowd Forecast

Hakone Ekiden (January 2, 3)

Held annually from January 2 to January 3.
Students at universities between Tokyo and Lake Ashi run in this famous long-distance Hakone relay race.
Traffic is restricted in certain areas around the course.

Golden Week (late April-early May)

Golden Week is a series of consecutive national holidays occurring annually from late-April to early May.
Sightseeing spots become busy during this time, so Hakone is likely to be crowded.

Obon (August 10-August 16)

Obon is a holiday in Japan taken to honor ancestors.
It occurs around August 15 annually.
Lots of travelers come during this long weekend and sightseeing areas will be crowded.

Autumn Leaves (November)

Fall scenery is best viewed in November.
Many people visit to see the yellow and red foliage on the mountains.