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Pirate ship on Lake Ashinoko

Hakone (箱根) is a mountainous area west of Tokyo in Japan. The Hakone checkpoint on the historical Tokaido road marks the beginning of the Kanto region.

hakone Travel Guide :

Hakone

Get in

Hakone

By plane

The nearest airports to Hakone are in Tokyo. Note that if you have a reservation at a ryokan in Hakone, unless your plane lands in the morning, it is recommended that you spend your first evening in Tokyo or Yokohama, or else you might miss out on dinner at the ryokan (which might be charged to your bill anyway).

Allow about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to reach Hakone from Narita Airport by train, and about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Haneda Airport.

Hakone

By train

The fastest and most expensive method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take a Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama (???) train from Tokyo to OdawaraOdawara, then transfer to the Hakone-Tozan Line for the run to Hakone-Yumoto (some trains operated by Odakyu Railway). The one-way ride lasts one hour with a good connection, and costs ¥3430... but if you use the Japan Rail Pass, you need only to pay ¥300 for the Hakone-Tozan line.

The affordable method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take the Odakyu Odawara Line from Shinjuku station. The fastest train on the Odakyu Line is the Hakone (???) Limited Express train (?? tokky?), which runs twice an hour for most of the day. The 85-minute journey makes only two stops enroute and costs ¥2020. The slower Express train (?? ky?k?), runs twice an hour at a cost of only ¥1150, reaching Hakone in two hours.

Rail connections can be made at Odawara from Nagoya (2 1/2 hrs), Kyoto (3 hrs) and other locations throughout Japan.

Hakone

Get around

Modes of transport in the Hakone region are many and varied. Your options include:

  • The scenic Hakone-Tozan Line mountain railway from Odawara to Gora via Hakone-Yumoto
  • The Hakone-Tozan Cablecar up the mountainside from Gora to Sounzan
  • The Hakone Ropeway from Sounzan down to Togendai on Lake Ashinoko via the boiling sulphur pits of Owakudani
  • The Hakone Sightseeing Ships, decked out like Disneyland versions of pirate ships, sailing across the lake from Togendai to Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi
  • And positively dull in comparison, the Odakyu Bus back to Hakone-Yumoto or Odawara

(Bear in mind that the Hakone Ropeway closes for a short period of time every February for annual maintenance checks. Shuttle buses replace the ropeway during this time.)

Most people opt for the Odakyu Hakone Free Pass (http://www.odakyu-group.co.jp/english/freepass/hakone_01.html), which includes a return trip from Shinjuku and allows unlimited use of all of the above forms of transport for several days. In addition, pass holders can receive discounts at many hot springs, museums, restaurants, and other locations by showing their pass.

The 2-day Weekday Pass is a particularly good deal at ¥4700 from Shinjuku, ¥3410 from Odawara, allowing travel Monday through Thursday. The Weekday Pass is not sold during summer and holiday periods. The regular 3-day Free Pass is ¥5500 from Shinjuku and ¥4130 from Odawara.

If you have a Free Pass or Weekday Pass from Shinjuku Station, you can use the Hakone Limited Express train by paying a surcharge of ¥870 each way.

Hakone

See

The volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, centered around Lake Ashinoko, is a popular tourist attraction well known for its onsen hot springs and its views of Mt. Fuji.

  • The Great Boiling Valley (大涌谷 Ōwakudani) is a volcanic hot spot full of sulphurous springs. Owakudani can be reached by cablecar from Sounzan and the lake.
  • Hakone Shrine, nestled on the south shore of the lake, is a picturesque Shinto shrine with torii gates in water.
  • Lake Ashinoko offers beautiful views of Mt. Fuji on a good day. The lake is crisscrossed by cartoonishly decorated "pirate ships".
Hakone

Do

No trip to Hakone would be complete without a dip at a Japanese hot spring (onsen). If you're staying overnight, your lodgings may include bathing facilities, but if not many hotels open up their baths to visitors for around ¥500 or so.

Good listing of onsen here:- http://www.outdoorjapan.com/onsen/onsen-kanagawa.html Tenzan Onsen run a free shuttle bus from outside the bus station.

Hakone

Buy

Hakone

Eat

  • Try the sulphur-boiled eggs at Owakudani. Their shells are a mottled black due to a chemical reaction, but the inside is quite tasty.
Hakone

Drink

Hakone

Sleep

Hakone has many onsen ryokan, traditional Japanese inns featuring hot springs. Facilities vary widely, although prices are generally somewhat elevated (especially on weekends) due to the proximity of Tokyo.

  • Kappa-tengoku Minshuku (tel. 0460-56121, 2 minutes on foot from Hakone-Yumoto station) is a well-located if slightly crumbling cheap inn featuring large open-air baths on the roof. ¥6000-8000 with two meals.
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