Dear Hakone Visitors
Japan Meteorological Agency issued the Volcanic Alert Level 2 regarding the Owakudani Crater on 19th May Reiwa (2019) 2 a.m.,
The local government of Hakone town established the regulation which restrict access on the Owakudani area all day for the safe of all tourists.
We apologize for the inconveniences because the ropeway has been suspended and the roads and the trails which reach to the Owakudani have been restricted to go in.
We earnestly welcome all tourists in Hakone as usual even though you are not able to get to Owakudani for these two months because of the Volcanic Alert Level. Lots of festivals and events, which are hosted by each Information Center and each facilities are going to be held all over Hakone from this simmer. They will be held as scheduled.
For your safety and enjoyable trip in Haone, we are providing exchange of 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.
We are sorry for your suffering inconvenience concerning Owakudani. However, we would like you to understand it and to get your cooperation.
Yamaguchi Nobuo , Mayor of Hakone town.