Lake Ashi (also known as Lake Ashinoko or Hakone Lake) is located in Japan, and was created in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano erupted (almost 3,000 years ago). On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji from the lake – making it a popular spot for tourists.
It took us a little less than 6 hours to hike the trail around Lake Ashi, known as the outer rim trail. We started near where the Torii gate sits in the water (close to the bus station), then hiked towards the ropeway, and then down the other side of the lake. We stopped at the town just before the ropeway for lunch and a quick break. We also stopped along the way to take pictures and enjoy the serenity of the lake itself.
The second half of the trail hike was not very populated, and we only passed a few other hikers along the way. However, this was the more beautiful part of the hike as it went through the woods and was closer to the lake than the first part of the trail. To get to Lake Ashi, we took the Romance Car train on the Odakyu line to Hakone-Yumoto station, and then transferred to a bus which dropped us off right at the beginning of the trail head.