Exploring Lake Ashi

April 24, 2014
5:40 PM

Camera: Sony A7
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS


Lake Ashi is definitely one of the more beautiful tourist areas I've visited. Yes, you heard it correctly, tourist area. Although I favor more secluded areas for shooting, I had the chance to visit this place for about three days and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The photo locations around Hakone are simply too many to cover in just a short three day trip. The train trip alone to Hakone is simply beautiful. 

Some choices include: a scenic bus route that goes around the whole Lake with great vantage points of the lake and Mt. Fuji, various onsens overlooking valleys, Owakudani, Odawara Castle and "Silver Grass" Sengokuhara. The particular location I want to focus on is the a spot near the Hakone-jinja Shrine. If you are going to Hakone, make sure you pick up a map from the train station which outlines all the photo op locations. Here's a low res image of the map from google, check out these locations before planning your next photoshoot location: 

Here's an overview map of Lake Ashi relative to Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is visible from all sides of the lake: 


As you can see from the map, Lake Ashi is located in a mountainous surrounding. It is a little further away to Mt. Fuji than Lake Kawaguchiko which was covered in a previous post. 

Here's a google map with filed notes of the specific location I am referring to near the Hakone-jinja shrine:

Note: From this point you will not be able to see Mt. Fuji. 

 (Coordinates: 35°12'13.3"N 139°01'33.9"E) Click through for google maps location. 

(Coordinates: 35°12'13.3"N 139°01'33.9"E) Click through for google maps location. 

One of the beautiful things about this spot is the lack of tourists that go there. If you find yourself here early enough or during Sunset, you will have minimal trouble dealing with tourists. There is obviously nothing wrong with tourist, but in the case of landscape photography, it just makes our lives easier...

If you follow this path around the lake you'll see the entrance of the shrine area: 

Walk through the entrance and up the road. You will come across a little intersection with steps leading down to the right or the left. The left will render an image like the first one above or if you turn right and proceed to the lake, you'll be greeted with an image op like this one:

 Tori on Lake Ashi (Coordinates: 35°12'10.0"N 139°01'32.6"E) Click through for google maps. 

Tori on Lake Ashi (Coordinates: 35°12'10.0"N 139°01'32.6"E) Click through for google maps. 

I hope this post has been beneficial to you in finding your next location shoot. I will be returning to Lake Ashi to reshoot several locations I was not able to get to on my first trip. As always, safe travels and best wishes on your next photography adventure. If you feel like this content has been helpful to you in some way, feel free to leave me a comment below or subscribe for more upcoming locations. 

Yours truly,