Photography for personal use is encouraged. Quick snap shoots of your object using "point and shoot" camera does not require a permit fee.
However, commercial, political, or portrait photography* (such as wedding, engagement, graduation, family portrait and other special occasion), or videography requires a permit fees. Contact the Hakone Foundation Event Office at (408) 741-4994 , Ext) 103 for availability and fees. If your organization plans on a film production or media shoot, we have a separate guideline and fee schedule. Please inquire at the Event Office for any questions.
*Definition of portrait photography:
Photography with an individual or individuals posing for multiple pictures under the direction of a photographer, either professional or amateur acting as a professional, using advanced equipment. A permit fee is required.
If your purpose in coming to Hakone is to take photos of someone, be photographed, use Hakone's gardens as a backdrop for portraits, or if you are a professional photographer profiting from the photos you are taking, a permit fee must be paid.
For photo shoot and videograpy permit, please fill out the form below and submit.