Shopping and Folk Craft Items in Hakone

Hakone Folk Crafts Hall
Various wooden craftwork is displayed.  A rest station is established here. Inside the building are Hakone Town Tourist Office and "i" Tourist Information Centre.

Himitu-bako is a name given to a small box made by combining puzzle-mechanisms with cabinetwork techniques.  These boxes first appeared in the Edo-era, when the principle of trick-mechanism was first developed.  The technique was perfected in the middle of the Meiji era, and since then, continuous improvements have been made to bring the Himitu-bako to perfection as they are found today.  To open the box, each box must be rotated, turned and moved a specific number of times.  Full of surprises and unique ideas, boxes such as these cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Terifuri Doll
Terifuri dolls are unique in that the part of the axis sticking out from the base senses the humidity in the air, which then twists so that either the boy or the girl doll rotates and is pushed outside the doorway depending on the weather.  Being one of the most popular souvenirs of Hakone, they are often out of stock, and hard to obtain.

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba Premium Outlets is one of the nation’s largest outlet malls and is situated on an extensive site within view of Mt. Fuji.  There are over 210 leading Japanese and foreign brand outlet stores.  The mall site features several towers and open spaces, as well as a ferris wheel, from where tourists can enjoy a view of Mount Fuji.

Opening hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm

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