The Hakone Shrine is a popular and historical shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi in Hakone. It is known as a spiritual place that enshrines spirits that guard the Kanto area. The shrine welcomes many people who come to the enshrined spirits that help with health, transportation safety, marriage, and other wish fulfillments.
The origin of the shrine starts during the Nara period in 757 when the priest Mangan had a dream inspired revelation. The shrine has close connections with many of Japan`s most famous historical figures, like Minamoto Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The shrine became well known and a stop for many travelers as they walked the Old Tokaido Road between Tokyo and Kyoto. There are festivities on the 1st and 15th of each month. The neighboring Kuzuryu Shrine is well known as a place singles come to pray for love and future relationships.
The monthly festival, Tsukimisai, is held at the main shrine on the 13th and the new shrine annex on the 15th. If you go on the 15th you can participate or see the monthly event at both shrines.