Lake Ashinoko Hakone, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Lake Ashinoko Hakone, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Lake Ashinoko Hakone, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Lake Ashinoko Hakone, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Take the bullet train from Tokyo -- or drive less than two hours -- for a cruise on an ornate, full-scale replica of a man-of-war pirate ship. If the fog lifts, you'll see wonderful views of Mt. Fuji on the horizon and Shinto Shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi.

This caldera lake is filled with hot springs and geysers, creating an ideal spot for a hot springs spa resort. The tourist mecca also has a water amusement park, gardens, aquarium, open-air museum, aerial tram and mountainside train.

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