Otama pond is located southwest of Mt. Futago, on the side road leading from Hatajuku to Lake Ashi on the Tokaido Road. A promenade has been built along the edge of the pond to enjoy the natural scenery, but there are haunting legends surrounding this peaceful area.
In 1702 during the Edo period (1603-1868), a teenage girl named Otama tried to escape from her house of apprenticeship in Edo (modern day Tokyo) to her parents’ house in Izu, but she could not pass through the Hakone barrier because she did not have the proper paperwork. She tried to bypass the barrier by going through a fence in the surrounding mountains, but was caught by the barrier guard and executed two months later. Later, a legend was created that he washed her head in “Nazuna Pond” (the old name of Otama pond), and the pond came to be called “Otamagaike.