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Hakone Free Pass

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The Hakone Free Pass by Odakyu Railways is a special pass for exploring Hakone, and includes:

1) One round trip from the Tokyo area to Hakone by Odakyu Railways, unless you purchase the pass inside the free area, e.g. at Odawara, Hakone-Yumoto or Mishima Stations.
2) Unlimited use of Odakyu affiliated buses, trains, boats, cablecars and ropeways within the Hakone free area.
3) Discounted admission to selected tourist attractions.

Hakone Free Pass (as of April 1, 2014)
 
2-day pass
3-day pass
From Shinjuku Station
5,140 yen
5,640 yen
Purchased inside the free area
(e.g. Odawara Station)
4,000 yen
4,500 yen
Reduced rates (almost 75%) apply for children.

The map below shows the trains, cablecars, ropeways, boats and major bus lines to be used within the free area of the Hakone Free Pass:

Validity

Round trip:
1) The round trip is to be done by Odakyu Railways from the Tokyo area to Odawara by local or express trains (not incl. "Romance Car"). Odakyu's main station in Tokyo is Shinjuku Station, but the free pass can also be purchased for use from other Odakyu stations.
2) A surcharge of 890 yen (from Shinjuku one way) and seat reservations are required when using a "Romance Car" limited express train.
 
Free Area:
1) Unlimited usage of the Hakone Tozan Railway (Odawara-Gora), the Souzan Cablecar and Hakone Ropeway between Gora to Togendai, the Hakone Sightseeing Boats on Lake Ashi, Hakone Tozan Buses within the free area and Numazu Tozan Tokai Buses between Mishima and Moto-Hakone.
 
Other Conditions:
1) Discounted admission to selected attractions in the Hakone area.
2) The free pass is valid on two or three consecutive days, respectively.

Points of Sale

Major railway stations and ticket counters along the Odakyu Railway Line and inside the free area, including Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo and Odawara Station, Hakone-Yumoto Station and Mishima Station inside the free area. Major travel agents across Japan.

Assessment

If you do the classic round course by train, cablecar, ropeway, boat and bus, regular tickets would total about 6300 yen, i.e. you can save considerably by purchasing the free pass. Furthermore, using a single pass is a major convenience over buying single tickets each time you ride a train or bus.

However, if you only go, for example, from Shinjuku to Lake Ashi (Moto-Hakone) and back (about 4200 yen by regular tickets), the purchase of the free pass would not be justified.

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