Lake Hakone, c. 1920.
Hakone Hotel, Hakone, c. 1910-1950.
Naraya Hotel (Ryokan), Hakone, c. 1910.
Kaikatei Hotel, Hakone, c. 1910.
Mt. Fuji and Lake Hakone Railway Access and Bus Routes, c. 1930.
“This route is specially recommended, as uniting charm of scenery, accessibility, and an unusual degree of comfort . All tourists arriving at Yokohama are advised to devote a week to it, and if they have not so much time at two or three days to a portion of it.
“Even should they be disinclined for walking and sightseeing, they will find no place more pleasant for idling in at all seasons than Miyanoshita. It offers another advantage as a convenient starting point for the ascent of Fuji.
“The word Hakone, it should be observed, though employed by us, as by all Europeans to denote the village called by the Japanese Hakone-no-shuku, Hakone-no-eki, or Hakone-machi, is properly the general name of the entire mountainous district lying at the neck of the peninsula of Izu, between the Bays of Odawara and Suruga.
“For this reason the Japanese talk of Miyanoshita, Kiga, etc., as being ‘in Hakone.’ The original name of Hakone Lake (now, however, used only in poetry ) is Ashi-no-Umi, that is, the Sea of Reeds.”
– A Handbook for Travellers in Japan, by Basil Hall Chamberlain & W.B. Mason, 1901