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How to travel between Hakone and Tokyo

By Odakyu Railway

Odakyu Railway operates between Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and Hakone-Yumoto Station. The one way journey by the "Romance Car" limited express takes about 85 minutes and costs 2330 yen. By slower express trains (kyuko), the journey takes about two hours, requires one transfer at Odawara Station, but costs only 1220 yen.

Odakyu also offers the Hakone Free Pass, which includes the round trip from Tokyo to Hakone and unlimited use of selected trains, cablecars, ropeways, boats and buses in the Hakone area.

By JR (Japan Railways)

With JR trains you can only get as far as Odawara, from where you will have to use non-JR trains or buses into the Hakone area. The above mentioned Hakone Free Pass is also available for use from Odawara Station.

By JR Tokaido Shinkansen you can access Odawara in about half an hour from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station (about 3500 yen one way, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not covered by the JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass). Note that only Kodama trains and selected Hikari trains stop at Odawara Station.

Alternatively, you can access Odawara from Tokyo in about 70-90 minutes by local or rapid trains on the JR Tokaido Main Line (stopping at Tokyo, Shimbashi and Shinagawa Stations) or the JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (stopping at Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya Stations) for about 1500 yen one way. These trains are covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass.

By Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus

Direct highway buses operate every 30 minutes between Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and the Lake Ashi area in Hakone (among other places the buses stop at Togendai and the Hakone Prince Hotel). The one way journey costs about 2000 yen and under good traffic conditions takes about two hours.

The same company also operates less frequent direct buses between Haneda Airport and Hakone, which stop at Yokohama Station along the way. The one way journey costs about 2300 yen and under good traffic conditions takes about 2.5 hours.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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, as well as some attractive, easy-to-use passes (see below) make Hakone a great place to explore by public transportation. A popular way of seeing Hakone is by circling the region by five different means of transportation, also known as the Hakone Round Course.

Passes and Tickets

A variety of easy-to-use passes make access to and transportation around Hakone easy:

  • Hakone Free Pass (from 5000 yen)
    The Hakone Free Pass provides two or three days of unlimited use of all Odakyu affiliated trains, buses, boats, cablecars and ropeways in the Hakone area. It optionally, also includes a round trip between Tokyo and Hakone.
  • Fuji Hakone Pass (9340 yen)
    The Fuji Hakone Pass covers not only transportation around Hakone, but also transportation to and around the Fuji Five Lake region at the northern base of Mount Fuji on three days. It also includes a one-way trip between Tokyo and Hakone.
  • Hakone Kamakura Pass (7400 yen)
    The Hakone Kamakura Pass provides three days of unlimited use of trains on the entire Odakyu rail network, transportation around Hakone, as well as access to Kamakura.

Hotels around Hakone

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    • Yoshimatsu
      Luxury
      Surrounded by bamboo trees and hills, Yoshimatsu is a traditional Sukiya-style Ryokan (inn) with beautiful outdoor hot spring baths. Overlooking Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi, it provides a free shuttle from Hakone Machi Bus Station. Fitted with tatami-mat flooring, these classic Japanese-style rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and Yukatas (Japanese-style bathrobes). En suite bathrooms have a bathtub. Yoshimatsu is a 5-minute walk from Lake Ashinoko Cruise Station and a 9-minute walk from Lake Ashinoko. It is within a 15-minute walk from Onshi Hakone Park and an 8-minute drive from Narukawa Museum. Breakfast and dinner are served to the guest rooms or in the main dining room upon request. These special Kyoto-style set meals are prepared according to the season's freshest ingredients. Guests can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the landscaped gardens and koi ponds. The hotel also provides massage, karaoke rooms and free parking. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lounge.
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    • Field Hakone Resort
      Mid-range
      Open in April 2017, Field Hakone Resort is set in Hakone, a 6-minute walk from Sengokuannaishomae Bus Stop. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Each room at this guest house is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a bath and bidet, with slippers and free toiletries provided. You will find a shared lounge at the property. Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is 800 metres from Field Hakone Resort, while Venetian Glass Museum is 1.3 km from the property. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 76 km away.
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    • Onsen Guest House Tsutaya
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Onsen Guest House Tsutaya is situated in Hakone, 7 km from Hakone Lalique Museum and 7 km from Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The ryokan offers a hot spring bath. Owakudani Valley is 9 km from Onsen Guest House Tsutaya, while Pola Museum is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 99 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hakone Villa Bizan
      Mid-range
      Featuring a restaurant, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, Hakone Villa Bizan is located in Hakone, 600 metres from Hakone Shrine and 1.7 km from Hakone Checkpoint. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Each room comes with a balcony. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The rooms come with a kettle, while some rooms are equipped with a kitchen with a microwave and a stovetop. Guest rooms at Hakone Villa Bizan are equipped with a seating area. An American breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Lake Ashi is 2.7 km from Hakone Villa Bizan, while Hakone Open-Air Museum is 9 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 110 km from the hotel.
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    • MEIBI Hakone Yumoto
      Mid-range
      MEIBI Hakone Yumoto has river views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Hakone, 10 km from Hakone Open-Air Museum. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Hiking can be enjoyed nearby. Hakone Gora Park is 10 km from the holiday home, while Hakone Shrine is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 93 km from MEIBI Hakone Yumoto.
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    • Masutomi Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Train Station, Masutomi Ryokan features open-air hot spring baths, spacious guest rooms and free Wi-Fi. Guests can reserve the rooftop bath at an additional fee. On-site parking is available for free. The ryokan provides Japanese-style rooms with traditional futon bedding and rooms with Western beds and a tatami (woven-straw) seating area. A TV and a telephone are equipped in all rooms, and bathroom is shared with other guests. Ryokan Masutomifs front desk is open 24 hours, and gift items can be purchased at the on-site souvenir shop. Drink vending machines can be used. The property is a 20-minute drive from O-wakudani and Lake Ashifs Sightseeing Cruise Pier. Traditional Japanese meals are prepared with organic vegetables and fresh seafood, and served in the on-site Fukuryu-an restaurant.
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    • Hakone Yuyado Zen
      Luxury
      Located in Hakone, 2.8 km from Owakudani Valley, Hakone Yuyado Zen provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 3.7 km from Hakone Lalique Museum and 3.9 km from Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, the property offers a garden and a terrace. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, room service and free WiFi. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. All rooms have a coffee machine, while certain rooms here will provide you with a balcony and others also provide guests with garden views. At Hakone Yuyado Zen every room has bed linen and towels. An Asian breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Venetian Glass Museum is 4.2 km from Hakone Yuyado Zen, while Pola Museum is 5 km away.
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    • Hakone HOSTEL1914
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Hakone, a 29-minute walk from Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone HOSTEL1914 has a shared lounge. The property is around a 36-minute walk from Hakone Gora Park, 7.9 km from Owakudani Valley and 6.1 km from Pola Museum. Venetian Glass Museum is 5.4 km from the property. With a shared bathroom, rooms at the hostel also offer free WiFi. Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is 7.1 km from Hakone HOSTEL1914, while Hakone Lalique Museum is 6.6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 73 km from the property.
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    • okcs Retreat Hakone villa
      Luxury
      Okcs Retreat Hakone villa in Hakone provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is allergy-free and is set 400 metres from Venetian Glass Museum. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge, a minibar, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The rooms are equipped with a coffee machine and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, while certain rooms also offer a kitchen. At the ryokan every room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at okcs Retreat Hakone villa can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath and terrace. Guests at okcs Retreat Hakone villa will be able to enjoy activities in and around Hakone, like hiking and cycling. Pola Museum is 1.7 km from the ryokan, while Hakone Lalique Museum is 1.8 km from the property.
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    • Hakone Mori No Yado
      Budget-friendly
      Hakone Mori No Yado features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Hakone. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Complete with a shared bathroom, the units at the guest house come with air conditioning, and some rooms come with a seating area. Guest rooms feature bed linen. Guests at Hakone Mori No Yado can enjoy an American breakfast. Hakone Open-Air Museum is 2.1 km from the accommodation, while Hakone Gora Park is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 101 km from Hakone Mori No Yado.
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