To Hakone Visitors:
Since Tuesday 30th June, the Japan Meteorological Agency had raised the volcano alert for Owakudani in Hakone town to level 3, which restricts people from entering the area.
On Friday 11th September 14:00 pm, the Japan Meteorological Agency lowered the volcano alert for Owakudani in Hakone town from level 3 to level 2, which regulates entry to areas around the volcanic vent.
The range of the restricted area around the Owakudani volcano vent was reduced to a radius of 440m to 530m, from a radius of 1km. Traffic regulations, prefectural roads 734 and 735 ( Sounzan ~ Ubako ), were cancelled partly.
However, Owakudani is still off-limits.
Hakone Ropeway has been suspended and some local buses that run through Owakudani are taking an alternate route. Hakone Ropeway substitute buses are operating between Sounzan and Togendai.
And also some hiking trails around Owakudani are closed as follows:
The volcanic activity has not finished yet,but it is calming down. We hope you can fully enjoy the tree leaves, which is changing color to red and yellow, and SUSUKI (Japanese pampas grass) of autumn in Hakone, with attention to information from the Hakone local government and relevant organizations.
These measures were taken in order to safeguard the tourists.
The safety of tourists comes first. We will exchange information with the Hot Springs Research Institute of Kanagawa Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency and the relevant organizations of Kanagawa Prefecture to transmit the appropriate information.
Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.
Tourism Section, Hakone Town