Exploring the beauty of Hakone also gives you a chance to experience some wonderful local delicacies in the the area. Each village in Hakone has their own popular places to have lunch or dinner. Most visitors will tour the town and eat out during the day and go back to their hotel or ryokan for a fabulous meal. The meals served at ryokan are often special experiences themselves and should be had at least once during your time in Japan. The hotels often offer buffet style dining, but depend on your accommodation.
On the shors of Lake Ashi is a interesting and eclectic mix of shops all grouped together in the Hotoriya complex in front of Hakone-ko port where the cruise ships dock. Just a few steps from the docks of the pirate ship is a place to shop, see local goods, and taste delicious treats. Here is an introduction to one of Hakone`s more enjoyable shopping locations.