Hakone (箱根) is a well known tourist spot as a hot spring town and also to view Mount Fuji. The easiest way to reach Hakone would be to take the Romance Car that departs from Shinjuku station to Hakone Yumoto station (箱根湯本) via the Odakyu Railway that takes about 85 minutes. One can also take JR trains but would change to use bus and non-JR lines to get into the Hakone area. Or one can also take the highway bus that departs from Shinjuku Station.
Here at Hakone Yumoto, is a an onsen ryokan, Tenseien (天成園), that was recently reopened and is the home to two waterfalls and a shrine. It is located about 12 minutes walk from Hakone Yumoto station, and one can stay overnight at this resort, or visit the onsen as a day trip.
The highlight of this onsen ryokan within its premise are two waterfalls – Tamadare waterfall (玉簾の瀧) and Hein Waterfall (飛烟の瀧), and a shrine called Tamadare shrine. The area is open to the public and one can easily enter to visit. Tamadare Waterfall is also well-known as a power spot.
Approaching the resort, there is a huge signboard showing where the shrine and waterfalls are. Upon entry, one is immediately greeted by Hein Waterfall. Hein waterfall is about 20 meters tall and 10 meters wide. It was named Hein which means smoke because the water looked like smoke. Just beside Hein Waterfall is a water spring sprouting from the mouth of a dragon, and is known from ancient time as Water of Longevity, which is believed to bring long live.
Tamadare Waterfall is located further in and in between these two waterfalls is the Tamadare Shrine. There is a stairway that lead up to the hill where the shrine is located and this shrine is believed to be built during the Edo period. This shrine is famous for bringing luck in love.
Tamadare waterfall, located further in, is about 8 meters tall and 11 meters wide. The water flow like fine blinds, thus its name, and sound of the water was said to be very beautiful and melodious. There are carps in swimming in the water which made it looked even more picturesque.
It is interesting to know that by visiting this place, one can drink the spring water that is believed to give longevity and pray at the shrine to get more luck in love.
Hakone Yumoto Onsen Teiseien’s official website (Japanese)
Guest post by WaiMun.