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accessible info  :  Odakyu  /  Rope way  /  JR Onsen hotel

  Hot Springs     
Hakone is a popular Onsen (hot spring) area near Tokyo, but not popular with wheelchair users. Hakone Onsen are not wheelchair friendly and does not have good accessibility because they are located on hills and old buildings. It is not easy to enter Hakone Onsen if you cannot walk. But some Onsen are very friendly to wheelchair users in other area. Public transportation (railway, cable car, rope way, ship) is now becoming wheelchair friendly. 

  Owakudani     

Active volcanic valley with sulfurous fumes. Hot springs rise. Black boiled eggs are famous food. But visitors have to go down stairs to buy the eggs. Visitors also have to go down stairs to watch a nice view of Mt. Fuji.  Many paths have no step, enough space for  wheelchair access. Ropeway is fully wheelchair accessible now. 
http://www.hakoneropeway.co.jp

  Hakone open-air museum  

This is very nice museum located on a hill. It is possible to enjoy going around the museum on wheelchair. Over 100 pieces of modern and contemporary masterpieces are displayed, such as the Picasso collection and the Henry Moore collection. The train station " Chokoku no Mori " is not wheelchair accessible. So go to Gora Stattion and walk down the hilly road.. 
http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp

  Pola museum or Art    
Art museum operated by Pola group, a cosmetic company. Many art collections. The main entrance has only stairs and escalators. Go to the right side of the building. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance. Lifts and wheelchair accessible toilets in the museum. Take a bus or taxi from Gora Station to reach the museum.
http://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english

  Hakone Sekisho     

In the Edo period (1600-1868), the government placed many check points on major roads throughout Japan. Hakone was the most important one. It was restored perfectly in 2007. The roads have no step, but wheelchair users cannot enter the wooden buildings because there was no building for wheelchairs in the Edo period.
http://www.hakonesekisyo.jp

  Lake Ashinoko     

No problem to use a tour boat on wheelchair. No step at port and access ramps to ships. 40min ride. Great view of Mt. Fuji from the deck. Two companies operate the tour ships. 10-15 min walk to Hakone Shrine from Motohakone Port. Many stairs in front of the main shrine, but car access road to the main temple. There is a wheelchair accessible route.
http://www.hakone-kankosen.co.jp

  Odawara Castle     

Only stairs inside the castle, but wheelchair users can reach the castle. The castle park is wheelchair friendly. It is also famous for cherry blossom in spring. Easy access by JR and Odakyu railway which stations are both wheelchair accessible. 
http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/kanko/odawaracastle/