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From Yokohama to Hakone 2022/11/10 23:13
Hello,
I would like to make a one-day trip to Hakone from Yokohama. I've seen that it's possible to buy a pass, but this only covers the trip from Tokyo, so I understand that in my case it would be useless, or do you recommend it for the rest of the trip anyway?
Also, what do you consider a must see in a day in Hakone?
Thank you for those who will respond!
by Sara (guest)  

Re: From Yokohama to Hakone 2022/11/11 04:43
The pass could still be useful. For example if you buy it from Odawara Station (or some other station along the Odakyu Railway).

As for what to see in Hakone, I recommend to pick places that interest you personally:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5200.html

If it were me, I would do the usual round trip and stop at places of personal interest along the way:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5210.html
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: From Yokohama to Hakone 2022/11/11 05:56
Catch train to Odawarra. Buy cheaper pass there.
by H (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: From Yokohama to Hakone 2022/11/11 10:37
Yokohama resident and multiple-time Hakone traveler here.

If you're heading from Yokohama to Hakone by train, you'll go trough Odawara Station on the way. You can purchase a Hakone Freepass that you can use for trains between Odawara Station and Hakone Yumoto Station, as well as various types of transportation inside Hakone itself (busses, boats, ropeways).

The Hakone Freepass from Odawara costs 5,000 yen, which is cheaper than the one from Shinjuku (Tokyo) which costs 6,100 yen. Once you're in the town of Hakone, though, the passes are essentially identical (details here: https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/hakone/). The Freepass can also get you discounts on certain museums and shops in Hakone, if memory serves.

If you're planning to do the full loop around Hakone, the Freepass usually ends up saving you some money. It's also convenient, especially if you're a first-time traveler or don't speak/read Japanese, because it eliminates the need to figure out fares and deal with ticket machines. Just show the pass and you're good.

As for must-sees, Owakudani and Lake Ashinoko are the top two, as they're both beautiful symbols of the city. Visiting a hot spring is also a must-do, but which one depends on personal preference, budget, and whether you're staying overnight or just going fr the day.
by . . . . (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: From Yokohama to Hakone 2022/11/11 11:09
I live about an hour from Hakone.
I often take the Hakone Tozan Railway from Odawara Station via Hakone Yumoto Station.
I've been to the Hakone Open-Air Museum more than three times, and I've enjoyed it every time.
https://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/en/
Close to Hakone Tozan Railway station.
Take the Hakone Tozan Railway to Gora, change to the cable car, and take the ropeway to Owakudani.
After that, head to Lake Ashi by ropeway and board a pirate ship.
https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/transportation
If you have time, take a look at the checkpoint, then take the bus to Hakone Yumoto or Odawara.
https://www.hakonesekisyo.jp/english/main/main.html
If you have time on the bus, stop by Amazake-chaya or Tenzan (one-day hot spring).
https://www.amasake-chaya.jp/
https://tenzan.jp/
Personally, I think this is the best course for a day when visiting Hakone for the first time.
However, different people want to go to different places, so please decide where you want to go by yourself.
The Hakone Free Pass is for 2 or 3 days, so I'm not sure if it's worth it.
https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/discount_passes
Tell them where you want to go at the tourist information center at Odawara Station or Hakone-Yumoto Station, and ask them which pass you should buy.
https://tic.jnto.go.jp/eng/detail.php?id=1100
https://tic.jnto.go.jp/eng/detail.php?id=1102
You can also check information about Hakone here.
https://www.hakonenavi.jp/international/en/
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