Right by Lake Ashinoko’s torii gate are the stairs leading up to Hakone Shrine. Tradition says that Hakone Shrine was first founded in the year 757, though it was originally placed on top of a nearby mountain. In 1667 the shrine was relocated to its current location and today people commonly visit Hakone Shrine either before or after getting photos of the torii gate on the lake. Heavy rainfall was keeping most tourists away when I was at the shrine in the early evening, so I got to explore it while there was hardly anyone around.
Once I finished up at the shrine I walked over to the nearby village and caught a bus heading towards my hostel. My shoes were completely soaked but I had managed to make use of the last hour of daylight and see a little bit of the area around Lake Ashinoko.
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