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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Hakone
Access and Orientation

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How to travel between Hakone and Kyoto

Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Kyoto to Mishima (served by Kodama trains and one direct Hikari train every 2 hours), Atami (served by kodama trains and one direct Hikari train every 2-3 hours) or Odawara Station (served by Kodama trains and one direct Hikari train every 2-5 hours).

The one way trip takes about two hours and costs about 11,000 yen. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Kodama and Hikari trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

From Mishima Station you can access the Lake Ashi area by Numazu Tozan Tokai Bus. The one way journey from Mishima to Moto-Hakone takes 50 minutes and costs 1030 yen. There is one bus per hour. The Hakone Free Pass can be purchased at Mishima Station and used on the buses to Moto-Hakone.

From Atami Station you can access the Lake Ashi area by Izuhakone Bus. The one way journey from Atami to Moto-Hakone takes about one hour and costs 1180 yen. There are 1-2 buses per hour. The Hakone Free Pass is not valid on Izuhakone buses.

From Odawara Station you can access the Hakone area by Hakone Tozan Railway and various bus lines. The Hakone Free Pass can be purchased and used from Odawara. Odawara is the most convenient entry point for accessing Hakone-Yumoto and destinations along the Hakone Tozan Railway Line.

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Orientation

The municipality of Hakone covers a mountainous region with several small towns, among which Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the shores of Lake Ashi and the hot spring town of Hakone-Yumoto down in the valley, are the region's main transportation hubs.

An efficient network of buses, trains, cablecars, ropeways and sightseeing boats makes Hakone a great place to be explored by public transportation. The best pass to do so is Odakyu's Hakone Free Pass, which gives you unlimited use of all Odakyu affiliated trains, buses, boats, cablecars and ropeways.

An attractive way of exploring Hakone is by circling the region by five different means of transportation: Click here for more details about the Hakone Round Course.

A simplified map of the Hakone bus network:

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English Links
Odakyu Electric Railway
Official English website.
Hakone Tozan
Operator of the Hakone Tozan railway line and the cablecar.
Hakone Tozan Bus
Official English website.
Hakone Sightseeing Boat
Operator of sightseeing boats on Lake Ashi.
Hakone Ropeway
Operator of the ropeway between Sounzan and Togendai.
Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus (PDF)
Operator of the highway buses between Hakone and Tokyo.

Japanese Links
Odakyu Electric Railway
Official website.
Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus
Official website.
Hakone Tozan
Operator of the Hakone Tozan railway line and the cablecar.
Hakone Tozan Bus
Operator of the Hakone Tozan buses.
Hakone Sightseeing Boat
Operator of sightseeing boats on Lake Ashi.
Hakone Ropeway
Operator of the ropeway between Sounzan and Togendai.
Izuhakone
Operator of buses, ropeways and boats in the Hakone area, which are not covered by the Hakone Free Pass.

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