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This volcanic valley sits in the town of Hakone, a picturesque town that is designated as a UNESCO Geopark. It is a beautiful, mountainous town that makes for a relaxing stay while visiting Kanagawa region of Japan.
Called Owakudani in Japanese, the Great Boiling Valley is a volcanic valley that boasts active sulphur and hot springs and is a popular sight due to its scenic views and volcanic activity. It is also famous for its black eggs called kuro-tamago, which are boiled in the hot springs and turn black from the sulphur. This local delicacy, when eaten, is said to add seven years to a person’s life. If there is a lot of volcanic activity the attraction is closed to visitors.
Address and contact: Yubinbango 250-0631 Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, tel: (81) 460 84 9605
Opening times and fees: open all this time; foreigners: free entryWhere to stay
There are no hotels near the Great Boiling Valley itself, with accommodation closest to this sight being found along the Hakone Ropeway, a funitel line that connects the main part of the town with Lake Ashi, making a stop in the volcanic valley along the way. These properties are great for other sightseeing opportunities as they are close to attractions like the Hakone Museum of Art, Okada Museum of Art, Hakone Geo Museum and Hakone Gora Park.
Most hotels near the Great Boiling Valley are mid-range and up, though there are a few budget-friendly options available for those with less money to spend. Travellers who want to spoil themselves will not find it hard to do here.
There are both standard Western-style hotels and ryokans in this area, some of which are extremely comfortable and chic. Regardless of which property chosen, guests will be able to enjoy a peaceful environment and spectacular views of the area. There is not much nightlife in Hakone, with most bars being found in hotels. Shopping is not a popular thing to do here either as travellers come mainly for the natural scenery.