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 fee. Please fill out the photo permit application below to request your permit and schedule your photo shoot. We will contact you to confirm availability for your requested date and time. If your organization plans on a film production or media shoot, we have a separate guideline and fee schedule. Please email the Event Office with any questions (Events@Hakone.com).
*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 a photo shoot or videography permit, please download the form below and submit.