Discover Hakone

Hakone is a perfect nature get-away from Tokyo. Known mostly for some of the best hot springs in the country, as well as its beautiful views of Mount Fuji reflected on Lake Ashi, Hakone is truly a sight to behold. Jump on the Tozan Railway and make your way through dazzling forests and cliff-sides, to find yourself on top of an active volcano... 

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Getting around in Hakone

The easiest way to get around in Hakone is a combination of sightseeing trains, cable cars, ropeways and ferries that bring you around the entire Hakone area. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or public bus might be necessary. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:
 

  • Hakone Kamakura Pass

    • Coverage:

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • all Enoden and Odakyu stations within the Kamakura / Enoshima area

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

      • Tokai Bus Between Hakone and Mishima

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 7000 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Hakone 2-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage:  

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

    • Duration: 2 days

    • Price: 5700 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Hakone 3-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: 

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 6100 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Fuji Hakone Pass

    • Coverage:

      • One-way ticket from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone by Odakayu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

      • All Fujikyu train lines and buses within the Five Lakes Area

      • One-Way ticket from the Five Lakes Area to Tokyo (Shinjuku) by Fujikyu Highway Bus

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 9780 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station (only available to foreign tourists)

Getting to Hakone

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by bullet-train have to transfer at Odawara station and take a local train to Hakone-Yumoto station, which is also the station for travelers who come by local or express trains, to get off. 



Valid rail passes:

  • Hakone Kamakura Pass

    • Coverage:

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • all Enoden and Odakyu stations within the Kamakura / Enoshima area

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

      • Tokai Bus Between Hakone and Mishima

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 7000 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Hakone 2-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage:  

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

    • Duration: 2 days

    • Price: 5700 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Hakone 3-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: 

      • Round trip from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone on Odakyu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 6100 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station

 

  • Fuji Hakone Pass

    • Coverage:

      • One-way ticket from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Hakone by Odakayu Railways (except for the Romance Car Train)

      • All Odakyu trains, boats, cable cars and ropeways within the Hakone Area

      • All Fujikyu train lines and buses within the Five Lakes Area

      • One-Way ticket from the Five Lakes Area to Tokyo (Shinjuku) by Fujikyu Highway Bus

    • Duration: 3 days

    • Price: 9780 Yen

    • Where to buy: Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku Station (only available to foreign tourists)

 

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes

  • by bullet-train: approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes

 

Rental Cars:

How long to stay in Hakone

We recommend staying in Hakone for about two days.
 

Hotels in Hakone

Flights to Hakone

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes

  • by bullet-train: approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes

Seasonal information

Hiking:
The hiking season typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

 

Cherry blossoms:
The best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan is usually between late March and early April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 

 

Scenic rides:

  • Hakone ropeway: click here to go the official website

  • Komagatake ropeway: click here to go the official website

  • Hakone Sightseeing Cruise: click here to go the official website

  • Lake Ashi Cruise: click here to go the official website

 

Festivals in Hakone

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Lake Ashi New Year Celebration Fireworks Festival

    • Date: January 1st

    • Time: 00:00 - 00:15

 

  • Lake Ashi Setsubun Celebration Fireworks Festival

    • Date: February 2nd

    • Time: 19:30 - 19:50

 

  • Hakone Tozan Railway Hydrangea Illumination

    • Date: June 14th until July 7th

    • Time: 18:30 - 22:00

 

  • Lake Ashi Summer Festival

    • Date: July 31st

    • Time: 20:00 - 20:30

 

  • Hakone-en Summer Night Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 2nd and 3rd

    • Time: 20:00 - 20:30

 

  • Taiko Gourd Festival

    • Date: August 3rd

    • Time: 16:30 - 20:30

 

  • Lake Ashi Kojiri Ryujinsai Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 4th

    • Time: 19:30 - 20:00

 

  • Hakone Gora Summer Festival

    • Date: August 16th

    • Time: 19:30 - 20:10

 

  • Sengokuhara Susuki Festival

    • Date: September 24th

    • Time: 15:00 - 20:00 (Fireworks: 19:30 - 20:00)

 

  • Odakyu Hakone Parent-Child Railway Exhibition

    • Date: September 28th

    • Time: 10:00 - 15:00

 

  • Hakone Ropeway Fureai Festival

    • Date: September 29th

    • Time: 10:00 - 15:00

 

  • Lake Ashi Christmas Twilight Fireworks

    • Date: December 24th and 25th

    • Time: 17:15 - 17:30

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