Lake Ashino – Hakone, Kanagawa

2010/11/15 Lake Ashino – Hakone, Kanagawa

Lake Ashino is a alpine lake located near the town of Hakone, famous spa resort. Originally stocked with largemouth bass in 19th century, lake has been hosting various game fish.

Spring, autumn, and winter are good for trouts.
Tendency is more rainbow trouts on western side and more brown trouts on eastern side.

Summer and autumn are good for bass. You can find bass in all shallow areas.

There boats for hire throughout the lake. Engine boat requires boating license class 2 or higher.


Raibow trout, brown trout, and cherry salmon.
Largemouth bass and blue gills.

Open Season & Regulation

Lake is open to fishing from 1 March to the 3rd sunday in December
No plastic worm or soft lure
Admission Fee is 1,300 JPY a day


Access by Train

1. Take Shinkansen Line to Odawara

2. Take Hakone Tozan Tetsudou Line to Hakone Yumoto
3. Take Haokone Tozan Bus to Hakone-cho

  • Rex
    Posted at 15:45h, 06 June

    Hi guys,

    I’m planning a trip to Lake Ashino this July and wish to rediscover my fly fishing. As a tourist I have no affiliations to any fishing club in Japan. Could anyone recommend a club or tackle shop where I can rent all the gear I need to fly fish on Lake Ashino?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    • neversink
      Posted at 21:59h, 18 June

      Hi Rex,
      There is not really any shop or club for rental tackle.
      My recommendation is to bring pack rod.

  • Rex
    Posted at 09:39h, 05 July

    Ok, thanks for the advice. The hotel concierge informs me that I need a boat license even to row a boat on the lake! Looks like fly fishng’s out of the question this trip.

    • neversink
      Posted at 03:16h, 08 July

      Rex, you’ve been mocked by lazy concierge.
      Lake Ashino has full selection of rental boat houses and you don’t need a license for row boat.
      As for engine boat, you begin to need license for boat with engine beyond 2 horse power whether that’s electric or run on fuel.
      This season in Lake Ashino is for bass ang panfish though.

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