Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo

by TripleLights travel specialist

A day trip from Tokyo to Hakone is one of the most popular itinerary options when visiting Japan. Hakone is just about 1.5 hours away and easy to get to, so it’s very popular among foreign tourists as well as local Japanese tourists. It’s a rural area where there are many hot springs and sightseeing spots surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. It’s especially popular and crowded during the season of cherry blossoms in the spring and the autumn colors.

 

Access using the Romance Car 

Using the train called “Romance Car” on the Odakyu line is the easiest way to get to Hakone. The train starts from Shinjuku station and takes you directly to Hakone Yumoto station. Some trains go beyond Hakone Yumoto so make sure to get off at this station.

The train fare for the Romance Car is about 2,300 yen one way (1,190 yen for the train fee plus 1,090 yen as a limited express ticket to board the Romance Car). But there’s another option. Rather than buying tickets for just the train, you can buy a Hakone Freepass. This pass includes one round trip ticket on the Odakyu line and unlimited rides on the Odakyu train and bus network in Hakone. If you’re going to be sightseeing all over Hakone, this is something worth buying. It will save you some money.

 

Hakone Freepass 

The Hakone Freepass is 5,140 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children (age 6 - 11) for a two day pass. As I said above, it includes unlimited rides on the Odakyu train/bus network in Hakone and a round trip ticket from Tokyo to Hakone on the Odakyu line. However, this covers only the regular train fee, so in order to use the Romance Car to get to Hakone, you also have to buy a limited express ticket. This is 1,090 yen each way. So it's a total of 7,320 yen for all transportation fees. 

You can use 8 types of train/bus lines in the Hakone area. They are the following; Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan Cable Car, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Hakone Tozan Bus, Kanko-Shosetsu-Meguri Bus, Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus, Tokai Bus Orange Shuttle. But please be aware that if you ride the bus outside the designated areas, you will be charged for the extra section.

More information about the Hakone Free Pass here.

 

Hakone Onsen

Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo

Hakone Onsen is a general name for the hot springs in the Hakone area. If you break it down into more specific areas, there are many many more, from the bottom to the middle area of the volcanic mountain of Hakone. For example, Hakone Yumoto Onsen, Miyanoshita Onsen, Gora Onsen, just to name a few of the famous ones. In order to visit an onsen on your day trip, it’s best if it’s close to Hakone Yumoto Station, the access point to the Hakone area from Tokyo. Below are some hot springs facilities you might want to visit.

 

Yu no Sato Okada

This is a traditional hot springs facility using water from 5 different hot springs sources, so you’ll be able to enjoy different types of hot springs at this one facility. They also have a restaurant where you can eat and a relaxation room where you can take a break after your bath.

  •  Opening Hours:

Their regular hot springs hours are from 11 am to 11 pm (entry is permitted only until 10 pm). They also have a limited early morning option from 6 am to 9 am. And their restaurant is open from noon to 10 pm (last orders are until 9:30 pm).

  •  Fees:

Regular hours:  1,450 yen for adults / 600 yen for children (from 3,300 yen with a set meal)

Early morning hours:  1,000 yen for adults / 500 yen for children

  • Access 

Take the Yumoto Ryokan Shuttle Bus  (Route A)  from Hakone Yumoto Station to Hotel Okada. It’s about a 5 minute bus ride and 100 yen one way. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 9 am to 6:45 pm from the station. After getting to the hotel, take the elevator to the 8th floor and follow the signs to the hot springs facility. 

The shuttle bus stop is across the street from Hakone Yumoto station to the left. The small buses are orange and white colored so you should be able to find them quite easily.

  • Address: 191 Yumotochaya, Hakone-machi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa
  •  More information here.

 

Tenseien

This is a facility nestled in the mountains of Hakone. You’ll have a great view of the surrounding nature from the spacious outdoor baths, with nothing between you and the big blue sky. There’s a restaurant and a room where you can take a nap, so you can spend a whole day here doing nothing but relaxing.

  • Opening Hours:

They’re open from 10am to 9 am the next morning. And since you can rent towels and a “yukata” or light kimono to wear inside the facility you can visit without bringing anything. Fees 

Regular fees:  2,300 yen for adults / 1,200 yen for elementary students / 900 yen for children over 3

Additional late night fees: (12 am to 5:59 am): 1,500 yen for adults / 900 yen for elementary students and children over 3

Early morning fees (6 am to 9 am, entrance allowed until 8 am):  1,500 yen for adults / 750 yen for elementary students / 550 yen for children over 3

  • Access:

Take the Yumoto Ryokan Shuttle Bus (A Route) from Hakone Yumoto Station and tell the driver you want to get off at Tenseien. It’s about a 5 minute bus ride and 100 yen one way. The bus leaves every 30 minutes from 10:45 am to 6:45 pm and at a shorter 10 to 30 minute interval from 7:45 am to 10:45 am. It’s also only a 12 minute walk from the station, so you don’t have to take the bus to get there.

The shuttle bus stop is across the street from the station to the left. The small buses are orange and white colored so you should be able to find them quite easily.

  • Address: 682 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • More information here.

 

YUNESSAN

This is a hot spring theme park in Hakone. The outdoor baths are enjoyed in swimsuits like a pool so both men and women can enjoy the experience together. So, it’s a great place to go with friends or family. It’s also good for people who are not ready to go stark naked in front of other people. It’s also lots of fun because they have very unique baths like a wine bath or a Japanese “sake” bath. They also have a more traditional hot springs area called “Mori no Yu”, where you need to remove all your clothing.

This theme park is a place you should go on weekdays, as it gets really crowded on weekends and you may have to wait over an hour just to get in.

  • Opening Hours: YUNESSAN is open from 9 am to 7 pm, and Mori no Yu is open from 11 am to 8 pm.
  • Fees:

YUNESSAN and Mori no Yu:  4,100 yen for adults / 2,100 yen for children

YUNESSAN only:  2,900 yen for adults / 1,600 yen for children

Mori no Yu only:  1,900 yen for adults / 1,200 yen for children 

  • Access:

From Hakone Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan Bus or the Izu-Hakone Bus for about 20 minutes and get off at Kowaki-en Bus stop. The entrance is just up the hill from the bus stop.

  • Address: 1297 Ninohira, Hakone-machi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • More information here.

 

Tenzan Tohjikyo

This facility is very unique and quite essential for some foreign tourists as it is a place where they allow people with tattoos to enter. In Japan, tattoos are associated with the “yakuza” or the Japanese mob, so most places do not allow people with tattoos inside their facility, even if they are foreigners. So if you do have a tattoo, this is one of the few places you can experience an authentic hot spring.

There are two facilities here. One is Tenzan and the other is Ikkyu. But Tenzan is the one with restaurants, a cafe, and an inner and outdoor bath, so I recommend visiting that one.

  • Opening Hours: They are open from 9 am to 10 pm. And they are closed for about 5 days in the middle of December every year.
  • Fees: 1,300 yen for adults / 650 yen for children 
  • Access: 

Take the Yumoto Ryokan Shuttle Bus (Route B) from Hakone Yumoto Station to Tenzan Tohjikyo. It’s about a 10 minute ride and the fare is 100 yen one way. The bus leaves from the station every 30 minutes from 10:45 am to 18:45 pm.

The shuttle bus stop is across the street from Hakone Yumoto station to the left. The small buses are orange and white colored so you should be able to find them quite easily.

  • Address: 208 Yumotochaya, Hakone-machi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • More information here.



Things to do in Hakone 

There are so many things to do in Hakone. You can visit hot springs like the ones mentioned above, or you can go see some sightseeing spots. Below are some of the most popular sightseeing spots among tourists. See what you like and try to make an itinerary for your day trip. If you need some help doing this, see this website.

 

Lake Ashi Cruise 

This is a relaxing cruise on Lake Ashi. You can see the Torii gate of Hakone Shrine from the boat, and if it’s a clear sunny day, you may even be able to see Mount Fuji. Lake Ashi is in an elongated shape with two ports (Hakonemachi-ko and Motohakone-ko) on one end and a third (Togendai-ko) on the other end. It takes about 25 minutes from one to the other, and about 1 hour round trip. 

  • Fees: One way trip:  1,000 yen for adults / 500 yen for children
  • Round trip:  1,840 yen for adults / 910 yen for children (*you must get on and off at the same port)
  • Access 

From Hakone Yumoto station, you can get to the closest port, Hakonemachi-ko, by getting on the Hakone Tozan Bus or the Tokai Bus Orange Shuttle bound for Moto-Hakone/Hakone/machi. It takes about 40 to 50 minutes and costs 960 yen one way. 

  • More information about the cruise timetable here.

 

Hakone Shrine 

Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo

This shrine is popular as a spiritual power spot. You can see it’s red “torii” gate built of the shore of Lake Ashi. It’s a mysterious shrine standing in the middle of a forest.

  • Address: Hakone jinja, 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • Opening Hours: Open anytime, but you should go while it’s light
  • Access: 

From Hakone Yumoto station, take the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Moto Hakone/Hakone Machi, and get off at Moto-Hakone-ko bus stop. It takes about 40 minutes and costs 960 yen. It’s a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.

  • More information about Hakone Shrine here.

 

Hakone Open Air Museum 

Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo

This museum has many exhibits outdoors as you can guess from its name. It’s not conventional in the sense that it’s not a quiet atmosphere where you just gaze at various works of art. There are exhibits that children can play in as well, so it’s a fun place for the whole family to visit. Just make sure it’s not raining on the day of your visit.

  • Address: Ninotaira 1121, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
  • Fees: 1,600 yen for adults / 1,200 yen for high school & university students / 800 yen for elementary & middle school students
  • Access

By bus from Hakone Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan or Izu-Hakone Bus to Ninotaira Iriguchi bus stop. It’s a 5 minute walk to the museum from the bus stop. By train, take the Hakone Tozan Railway from Hakone Yumoto Station to Chokoku-no-Mori Station. It’s a 2 minute walk from the station.

  • More information about Hakone Open Air Museum here.

 

Owakudani

Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo

This valley is full of steam vents pumping out hot steam from the volcanic Mount Hakone. It’s an amazing place where you can see the geothermal energy for yourself. The eggs cooked black in the steam from the vents are a famous delicacy. Why don’t you try one? It’s pretty tasty despite the color.

  • Address: Owakudani Hot Spring, 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • Opening Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
  • Access: Hakone ropeway, Owakudani Station.

From Hakone Yumoto Station, get on theHakone Tozan Railway to Gora Station (40 minutes, 400 yen). Then get on the Hakone Tozan Cable Car from Gora Station to Sounzan Station (10 minutes, 420 yen). Finally, get on the Hakone Ropeway from Souzan Station to Owakudani Station (8 minutes, 900 yen). From Togendai station (near Togendai port) to Owakudani Station on the Hakone ropeway, it’s a 16 minute ride and costs 1,120 yen.

 

Hotels in Hakone

Tokyo to Hakone: Day Trip from Tokyo 

If you have time, you should definitely stay overnight in Hakone. There are many hotels you can stay in at Hakone, but there are two main types. One would be a regular western style hotel. And the other is a traditional Japanese hotel called a “Ryokan”. Which one you prefer depends on if you want to stay at a kind of place you’re used to or if you want to try a real Japanese experience. Both types usually have a large hot springs facility where you can bathe. Some places have rooms with a private bath.

Below are some examples of popular luxurious accommodations in Hakone. Of course, there are many other smaller or more reasonable accommodations, but Hakone is a place you should treat yourself, if you can, to a nice hotel with a hot spring to relax in.

 Hakone Hotel

  • Address: 65 Hakone, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa
  • Website here.

 The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko

  • Address: 144 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa
  • Website here.

 Hotel Kowakien Tenyu

  • Address: 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • Website here.

 Gora Kadan

  • Address: 1300 Goura, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
  • Website here

 

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Taking a side trip to Hakone while staying in Tokyo is a really amazing experience. You’ll need to navigate the many trains and buses, but if you’re used to traveling around foreign countries, it shouldn’t be a problem. Hakone is a very popular sightseeing area among foreign tourists, so you’ll find there are many signs in English which should help you get around.

If you think this will be a bit much for you, you can always hire a tour guide to take you around Hakone. Below are some tours to consider.

Best Memories of Hakone tour by Local Guide Yuki 

One Day Trip to Hakone tour by Local Guide Kumiko 

Exciting Hakone - One day tour by Local Guide Hideaki

If you want to check the full list of Hakone Tours by Local Guides, click here

 

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