Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

Do you want to go a little outside of Tokyo and enjoy a little bit more of Japan? If you have an extra day and want to enjoy a little bit more of Japan, without having to travel very far from Tokyo, consider going to Kanagawa Prefecture. In Kanagawa Prefecture, there is a town called Hakone. Hakone is extremely popular as a tourist destination because you can see Mt. Fuji while taking a day trip from Tokyo.

 

If you are worried about how to travel to Hakone from Tokyo, or what you can do in Hakone, you don’t have to be. With so much information on the internet, including this article, it will only take a few minutes for you to get the answer to that.


In this article, I am going to introduce a little bit of Hakone to you, how to travel to Hakone from Tokyo, places to go in Hakone, day tour options for Hakone, and more recommendations. So, keep reading!


Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Hakone is located in the far west of Kanagawa prefecture. Most of the town is within the border volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Hakone is a town filled with hot springs, art museums, and other leisure facilities.

 

Its extreme popularity among tourists is also because of the incredible view of Mt. Fuji you can see from Hakone. The splendid beauty of nature is also evident from Hakone. It’s definitely recommended to squeeze a day in to travel to Hakone after you travel to Tokyo. It is located not very far from Tokyo and it’s the perfect place for a day trip away from Tokyo.



How to travel to Hakone from Tokyo?

Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

The customary route to Hakone is by using the Odakyu Romance Car from Tokyo Station via Shinjuku which takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

 

But, I’ll also list some ways to travel to Hakone from some major places in Tokyo.

 

Tokyo station to Kamakura (around 1 hour- ¥3910)
- Take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Odawara Station.

- At Odawara station, go to the Odawara Station bus stop, and get on the bus. Get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station.

*From Odawara Station, you can also take the Romancecar Hakone or the Hakonetozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station.



Shinjuku station to Kamakura (around 1 h 30 m - ¥2080)
- Take the Odakyu Romancecar to Hakone-Yumoto Station.

 

Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Kamakura (around 2 h 30 m - ¥4910)

-Get on the Narita Airport Limousine Bus, and get off at Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit)

- Walk 2 mins to Tokyo Station, and take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Odawara Station.

- At Odawara Station, go to the Odawara Station bus stop, and get on the bus. Get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station.

   *From Odawara Station, you can also take the Romancecar Hakone or the Hakonetozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station.


Haneda Airport Terminal 2 to Kamakura (around 1 h 30 m- ¥4230)
- Take the Haneda-Airport Limousine Bus to Shinyokohama station bus stop.

- From the bus stop, walk 2 mins to the Shinyokohama station, and get on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen. Get off at Odawara Station.

- At Odawara Station, go to the Odawara Station bus stop, and get on the bus. Get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station.

    *From Odawara Station, you can also take the Romancecar Hakone or the Hakonetozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station.



Akihabara Station to Kamakura (around 1h 15 m- ¥3910)
- You have two choices, you can either take the JR Yamanote Line (green colored) or the Keihintohoku line (light blue/tosca colored) to Tokyo Station.

- At Tokyo Station, get on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and get off at Odawara Station.
- At Odawara Station, go to the Odawara Station bus stop, and get on the bus. Get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station.

    *From Odawara Station, you can also take the Romancecar Hakone or the Hakonetozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station.


Shibuya station to Kamakura (around 1 h 40 m - ¥2240)

-Take the JR Yamanote Line (green colored) to Shinjuku Station.

- At Shinjuku Station, get on the Odakyu Romancecar and until you reach Hakone-Yumoto station.

 

Where to go in Hakone?

Famous for its view, you can look anywhere and it’d be a great view. But, if you want to visit the popular spots in Hakone, here’s what and where:

 

  • The Hakone Open-Air Museum

Japan's first open-air museum opened in 1969 with thousands of artworks made by Picasso, Henry Moore, Taro Okamoto, and many others. Here, you can enjoy the 120 sculpture displays outdoor, with a view of the mountains of Hakone. There are also 5 indoor exhibitions in addition to the outdoor sculpture displays. 

Address

1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0493, Kanagawa Prefecture (map)

Phone

+81 460-82-1161

Business hours

9:00 am-5:00 pm (last entrance 4:30 pm)

Open all year round

Price

¥1600 for adults / ¥1200 for university and high school students/ ¥900 for middle and elementary school students

Website

http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/

 

  • Pola Museum of Art

This museum built within the Hakone National Park Hakone houses over 9,500 works, including Japan’s largest collection of French Impressionism art such as Monet, Renoir, and Picasso. 

Address

1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi,

Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631 Japan (map)

Phone

+81 460-84-2111

Business hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm (No admission after 4:30 pm)

Open daily (closed occasionally for display renewal)

Price

¥1800 for adults / ¥1300 for university and high school students/ ¥700 for middle and elementary school students/ ¥1600 for seniors (above 65) / ¥1000 for persons with disabilities and companion or caretaker

Website

http://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/

 

  • Lake Ashi

Here, there are ships operated by Hakone Sightseeing Cruises that connect the three ports on the lake. You can experience many different activities and attractions. 10 minutes away from the Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone ports, there is Onshi Hakone Park, from where you can enjoy the incredible scenery of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji. At Togendai Port, you can enjoy meals while viewing the lake. There are also onsen for day visits and a small road where you can walk along the shore.

Address

Lake Ashi, Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0522 (map)

Website

http://www.lakeashinoko.com/

 

  • Hakone Shrine

A shrine located at the shore of Lake Ashi with a history more than 1200 years. It is popular as a power spot and as a marriage shrine where many women come to pray. It also has a small museum, which includes 5 items regarded as national Important Cultural Property.

Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do 

Address

Hakone jinja, 80-1 Motohakone Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa (map)

Phone

0460-83-7123

Business hours

March-September

8:00 am- 5:00 pm

October-February

8:00am- 4:30 pm

Price

Free

 

  • Owakudani

 Created when the Hakone volcano exploded about 3000 years ago, it is now a popular tourist spot for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and especially, Kuro-Tamago -meaning “black egg" — a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. Here, powerful outbursts of smoke and sulfur can be seen up-close.

 Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

Address

Owakudani Hot Spring, 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa (map)

Phone

0460-84-9605

Business hours

Everyday ( 08:30 AM-05:00 PM )

Price

Free

Website

http://www.owakudani.com/

 

Day tours to Hakone from Tokyo

Hakone is the perfect place for travel, but there are ways to make your travel in Hakone more interesting, If you want an enhanced and deeper experience while traveling to Hakone, here’s how. Go with day tours!

 

There are many great day tour options to in Hakone. It’s way more convenient as you don’t have to plan your itinerary yourself and you are even guided by a qualified tour guide. You can visit the popular places and enjoy the view without hassle.

 

Look, the thing is…

There are many places on the web that offer day tours to Hakone, but you never know whether they are a trustworthy and good website or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights. The website is trustworthy, offering many different day trip options to Hakone. You can also customize the tour itinerary according to your preferences.You also don't have to figure out the transport from Tokyo to Hakone because your guide will help you with that.

 

Not only the website offers day tours to Hakone, it also offers many different qualified tour guides you can hire to make your trip more interesting and meaningful.

 

Recommended day tours

Day tour to Hakone from Tokyo - How to go and what to do

My recommendation for a great day tour to Hakone from Tokyo is the One day trip to Hakone tour, the Hakone Unforgettable one-day tour, and also the Best Memories of Hakone tour

 

With these day tours, not only you can have a better experience in Hakone by visiting beautiful and popular spots, you can also learn with the insights given by your private guide. You can also have an easier travel to and from Hakone. This allows you to have an enhanced yet hassle-free experience!

 

There are still many more day tour to Hakone from Tokyo options, if you want to check them out, click here.

 

From the tours mentioned above, they also provide set itinerary suggestions which you can follow or customize according to your preferences.

  

Wait, there's more:

If you are not looking for private tours but for private guides in Hakone, you can click here. For tours or private guide options for other areas in Japan, you can click here.

 

I hope this article helps provide useful information for your trip to Hakone, including how to go to Hakone from some major places in Tokyo,  where are the must-visit spots in Hakone, options for day tours to Hakone from Tokyo, and more recommendation for a great Hakone trip. I hope you have a great time in Hakone!

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Recent Tour Reviews in Hakone

“ Tomoko, our pass to Tokyo and Hakone! ”

Excellent
20 hours ago Traveler: Katherine -   Tour Guide: Tomoko

We had two amazing days with Tomoko. We are a group of 8 range from 6 yo to 77 yo. It was the best decision ever to have Tomoko to meet us at the airport on early morning. She helped to send our luggages to Kyoto and Tokyo hotels, activated our JR pass, SUICA cards and sort out our light snacks at 7-11- and not forgetting to teach us how to unwrap the rice balls. We spent the first day at Asak...
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“ Very kind and helpful man. ”

Very Good
1 day ago Traveler: David -   Tour Guide: Junichiro

Despite the problems after the typhoon he tried his best to help us see as much as possible in the short time we had.
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“ Great Hakone experience ”

Excellent
4 days ago Traveler: Susan -   Tour Guide: Junichiro

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with "Kochi". He was very good at navigating the day in a smoothe an efficient manner. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a good and interesting historical perspective of the area.
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“ Tomoko is the ticket to a GREAT trip ”

Excellent
1 week ago Traveler: Laura -   Tour Guide: Tomoko

Once acquainted with Tomoko, my husband and I knew we were in great hands. She toured us around the Asakusa area of Tokyo, the Ueno gardens and Sensoji Temple, and Tomoko’s insight was as wonderful as her company. On day two, Tomoko led us on a fantastic adventure to Hakone that included time at a beautiful onsen. We had such a good time (Tomoko included), and it felt like my husband and I were on...
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“ Terrific tour of Hakone ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Jerry -   Tour Guide: Yumiko

Yumiko was knowledgeable, warm, friendly and we had a great time. All of our expectations were met, and more. you can’t go wrong with Yumiko
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“ Lovely day out! ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Yasmine -   Tour Guide: Kaori

Had a great day with Karoo-san! She was super flexible and very knowledgeable about the history. She also answered everything we asked, even questions that had nothing relating to the tour!
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“ Thank you, Eiko! ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Sovannarith -   Tour Guide: Eiko

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time in Hakone thanks to having Eiko-san as our guide. Since the popular Owakudani Valley and ropeway were off limits to tourists during our stay, Eiko emailed us ahead of time to plan an alternate itinerary that would still allow us to experience all of the great things Hakone had to offer. It was a very tight schedule, but she remained flexible throughout the ...
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“ Visiting Hakone with Confidence ”

Excellent
3 weeks ago Traveler: M -   Tour Guide: Hideaki

Hideaki San is indeed very professional, prompt with correspondence, detailed in his itineraries, and accurate in his estimate of out of pocket expenses, just like what others said. He is gentle, caring, and knows how to lead us well. Among the nine of us, some wanted to linger around taking photos while others could not wait to move on. Hideaki San managed that. Ours was a one day tour in Hakone....
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“ Day trip in Hakone ”

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4 weeks ago Traveler: Jackie -   Tour Guide: YUKIKO

We had a great day with Yukiko. She planned a great day for us. We hiked a few kilometres of the old Tokyo to Kyoto path after visiting the old tea room. Saw everything on our list. She is very friendly and easy to work with. Two of our party were nurses in Australia so it was great to learn about the Japanese health system from her.
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“ Wonderful tour guide ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Candice -   Tour Guide: Kimiko

Kimiko was very knowledgeable and gave us history of all the things she showed us.
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