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How to travel between Hakone and Kyoto

By shinkansen

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 1050 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 1290 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.

Via Tokyo

Despite being a detour, travel via Tokyo can be cheaper if using an overnight bus between Tokyo and Kyoto:
- how to travel between Hakone and Tokyo
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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 (7520 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

    • Kijitei Hoeiso
      A peaceful ryokan with private outdoor onsen baths. Surrounded by beautiful nature. 10min from Hakone Yumoto Sta by bus. Wi-Fi available. English speaking staff.
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    • Onsen Guest House Tsutaya
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Onsen Guest House Tsutaya is situated in Hakone, 6.5 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station and 48 km from Fuji-Q Highland. With free WiFi, this 2-star ryokan offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. Private parking is available on site. The ryokan offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Shuzen-ji Temple is 48 km from Onsen Guest House Tsutaya, while Kowakudani Station is 1.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 86 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hakone Villa Bizan
      Mid-range
      Hakone Villa Bizan features a shared lounge, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Hakone. The property is around 38 km from Shuzen-ji Temple, 600 metres from Hakone Shrine and 1.6 km from Hakone Checkpoint. The property is non-smoking and is located 12 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station. At the hotel, the rooms come with a balcony. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at Hakone Villa Bizan also offer free WiFi, while some rooms are equipped with a city view. At the accommodation each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. An American breakfast is available daily at Hakone Villa Bizan. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 76 km from the hotel.
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    • Fujiya Hotel
      Luxury
      Opened in 1878, Fujiya Hotel features Meiji Era architecture set in Hakonefs natural beauty. Just 500 metres from Miyanoshita Station, it offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a restaurant in a converted Imperial Villa called Kikka-so Inn. Rooms feature bathtubs with natural hot-spring water. Rooms are divided between 5 different buildings constructed between 1891 and 1960, providing a variety of styles and decors. All rooms are non-smoking, and come with air conditioning and a private bathroom. The Gora area and Hakone-Yumoto Train Station are a 15-minute drive. Hakone-Jinja Shrine and Owakudani Valley are about 10 km away. The hotel offers a free shuttle from nearby Miyanoshita Train Station (call upon arrival at station to use). Private and public hot-spring baths are on site, and guests can enjoy the hotelfs garden and greenhouse. The hotel has its own shops and museum. Massage services are also offered. The hotel's indoor pool uses natural hot-spring water. Main Dining Room "The Fujiya" serves French cuisine in an elegant space. Restaurant Cascade offers Western dishes, while Kikka-so serves traditional Japanese kaiseki dinners. A bar, lounge and bakery are available.
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    • okcs Retreat Hakone villa
      Luxury
      Set in Hakone, 12 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, okcs Retreat Hakone villa offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Every room is equipped with a balcony with views of the mountain. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge, a minibar, a coffee machine, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. The rooms are equipped with a kettle 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. Okcs Retreat Hakone villa offers an Italian or Asian breakfast. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. The area is popular for hiking and cycling, and bike hire is available at this 4-star ryokan. Fuji-Q Highland is 43 km from okcs Retreat Hakone villa, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 89 km from the ryokan.
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    • HakoneHOSTEL1914
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Hakone, a 29-minute walk from Hakone Open-Air Museum, HakoneHOSTEL1914 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 HakoneHOSTEL1914, while Hakone Lalique Museum is 6.6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 73 km from the property.
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    • Tsukinoya
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free WiFi, Tsukinoya offers accommodation in Hakone, a 7-minute walk from Hakone Open-Air Museum. Built in 1911, the property is within 3.6 km of Hakone Gora Park, Owakudani Valley and Pola Museum. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and luggage storage space. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. The units will provide guests with a fridge. The 3 on-site natural hot spring baths can be reserved for private use. Venetian Glass Museum is 4.4 km from Tsukinoya. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 74 km from the property.
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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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    • MEIBI Hakone Yumoto
      Mid-range
      MEIBI Hakone Yumoto has river views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Hakone, 800 metres from Hakone-Yumoto Station. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 46 km from the holiday home, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 50 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 80 km from MEIBI Hakone Yumoto.
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    • Hakone Guest House gaku.
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Hakone, a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Hakone Guest House gaku. features free WiFi access throughout the entire property. The guest house has a barbecue and sun terrace with mountain views, and guests can enjoy the music and drinks provided at the ground floor lounge. Billiards are also available. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. All rooms feature air conditioning and heating. Guests will find a closet in the room. A shared kitchen includes 2 refrigerators, and a washing machine is available at the property. The 2 bathrooms on each floor are shared among guests. Hakone Open-Air Museum is 900 metres from Hakone Guest House gaku., while Pola Museum is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 74 km from the property.
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    • gran terrace Le Lien Hakone
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Hakone, 1.7 km from Hakone Gora Park, gran terrace Le Lien Hakone provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a garden and a spa and wellness centre. Each accommodation at the hotel has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a terrace and to a hot spring bath. The air-conditioned rooms provide a sea view and come with a desk and free WiFi. At the hotel, each room includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Continental breakfast options are available daily at gran terrace Le Lien Hakone. Pola Museum is 1.9 km from the accommodation, while Owakudani Valley is 3.3 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 83 km from gran terrace Le Lien Hakone.
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