Fuji Hakone access guide by train and bus from both Tokyo and Osaka / Kyoto / Nagoya.

View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
View of Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi

Mt. Fuji is obviously one of most popular spots in Japan. There are many place to visit around Mt. Fuji. And there are many ways to get there. And also there are several deals to explore Mt. Fuji. In this post, I show you the location to visit surrounding Mt. Fuji and how to visit access these places from major cities. And also I show you how to use the deals to visit Mt. Fuji area.

Find the location where you want to visit

First of all, you have to decide which area you want to go. Please see the map below:

Click to enlarge. *The map shows you major stations and spots only.
Click to enlarge. *The map shows you major stations and spots only.

There are many places around Mt. Fuji. But most of tourists visit Lake Kawaguchi (north side) and/or Hakone (south side), And some of tourists want to go to only Gotemba. As long as weather is good, you can see Mt. Fuji from these locations. You can visit one of those places from Tokyo as day trip. But if you want to visit several spots, I recommend you to stay at least one night around Mt. Fuji area.

Let’s see access and route by location.

Access to Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko)

Fuji Kyuko Railway's Kawaguchiko station
Fuji Kyuko Railway’s Kawaguchiko station

If you go to Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo by train, Otsuki is the gateway. You can reach there by Limited Express Azusa or Kaiji from Shinjuku. And then transfer to Fuji Kyuko Railway to get Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) station. You can find more information about Otsuki station at the link below:

Otsuki station guide. How to transfer from JR train to Fuji Kyuko train.

If you use JR Pass or JR East Pass, you have to pay extra for Fuji Kyuko Railway. But Tokyo Wide Pass covers Fuji Kyuko Railway base fare.

You also find some more information about Fuji Kyuko Railway at the link below:
Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 6, round trip to Kawaguchiko from Shinjuku by Azusa and Fuji Kyuko

You can get Lake Kawaguchi by highway bus service. If you don’t use any train passes, highway bus is the best option.
Highway bus timetable and fare table at Mt. Fuji and Fuji-Goko Navi

Mishima station south exit. The bus to Lake Kawaguchi departs from this exit side.
Mishima station south exit. The bus to Lake Kawaguchi departs from this exit side.

If you have a plan to go to Lake Kawaguchi from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya, you can access there from either Mishima or Shin-Fuji. But Mishima is better gateway. Both station can be accessed by Shinkansen from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya. But some “Hikari” that is second fastest train on Shinkansen line stops at Mishima. And there is an express bus service between Mishima and Lake Kawaguchi. This route is much faster and more convenient than Shin-Fuji route. Please check both timetable of Shinkansen and bus from Mishima to Lake Kawaguchi.

Tokaido Shinkansen timetable Eastbound (from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya) | Westbound (to Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya)
Fuji Kyuko bus Mishima – Lake Kawaguchi Express Bus

You can access there from Shin-Fuji station too. But there is no Hikari that stops at Shin-Fuji. It takes much longer time to get Shin-Fuji than Mishima. Mishima route is much more accessible.

But if you intend to drop by Lake Kawaguchi on the way to Tokyo, you might visit Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo as day trip. You can visit there by Mishima-Kawaguchiko bus service. But you will have luggages, probably many and big. If you get Tokyo first and visit Mt. Fuji as day trip, you will have luggage-free trip. Both of your hands will be empty. The trip will be much easier. Especially if you use JR pass, extra fare will be cheaper than Mishima route.

Access to 5th station

Mt. Fuji 5th station is very popular spot to visit. I show only one 5th station in the map above. But actually there are another three 5th stations around Mt. Fuji. The 5th station that is shown in the map above is called Fuji-Subaru line 5th station. This is most accessible station from Lake Kawaguchi. And it is most popular in all 5th stations too. Please find more information about access to other 5th stations at the link below:

Fuji Kyuko Bus webstie, Mt. Fuji climbing bus service

Day trip to Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is very popular side trip destination from Tokyo. You can get there as day trip.

It is not realistic to visit Mt. Fuji from Osaka or Kyoto as day trip. It is not impossible. But you have to spend 2.5 hours to get Mishima by Shinkansen for one way. And then it takes another 1.5 hours to get Lake Kawaguchi from Mishima. I think it is too tight to see Mt. Fuji. You can drop by there on the way to Tokyo easily.

Access to Hakone

Odakyu Railway operates many limited express train service that is called Romancecar.
Odakyu Railway operates many limited express train service that is called Romancecar.

Odawara is the primary gateway station to get Hakone. Odawara can be accessed by Shinkansen from both side, Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya. Some of Hikari on Tokaido Shinkansen stops at Odawara mostly every two hours Let’s see Tokaido Shinkansen timetable again.

Tokaido Shinkansen timetable Eastbound (from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya) | Westbound (to Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya)

I think you have found some “H” trains in timetable stop at Odawara. That is Hikari that stops at Odawara. If you access to Odawara from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, you should take this train. This is the fastest way to get Odawara. You can get some more information about Odawara station at the following link:

Odawara station guide. How to transfer to the train to Hakone.

On the other hand, if you access to Hakone from Tokyo, Shinkansen is not best way to get Hakone. Especially if you do not intend to use JR deals, you can take Odakyu Railway trains from Shinjuku. Odakyu Railway operates many “Romancecar” limited express trains to Hakone-Yumoto directly from Shinjuku. Romancecar is highly recommended to get Hakone from Shinjuku.

Odakyu Railways Romanccar website

If you intend to use JR deals, such as JR Pass, JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass, Odakyu Railway is not covered by the passes. I will tell you later about access to Odawara by JR deals.

Hekona Free Pass

If you want to visit most of places in Hakone, Hakone Free Pass is the best chocie.

fuji-hakone-access-map-hakonepass

This pass covers Hakone area between Odawara and Gotemba. If you purchase this pass in Shinjuku, Shinjuku – Odawara round trip fare is included too. Romancecar surcharge is not included in the deal. You have to add on. You can take Hakone Tozan Raiwlay, Cablecar, Gondola, Cruise ship on Lake Ashi, most of bus services in Hakone area by this pass. You also can purchase this pass at Odawara. If you need the coverage for only Hakone area, Hakone Free Pass Odawara departure version is your option. This deal covers many things in Hakone. I could not show everything in the map above. Please find more information about Hakone Free Pass at the link below:

Odakyu Railway’s Hakone Free Pass website

Visit both Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone by Fuji Hakone Pass

If you want to enjoy both places, Fuji Hakone Pass gives you everything. Please see the map below.

fuji-hakone-access-map-fujihakonepass

It includes Shinjuku – Lake Kawaguchi highway bus and Odakyu Railway train service between Hakone and Shinjuku. You can enjoy Shinjuku – Fuji/Hakone – Shinjuku circle tour by this deal. It is valid for 3 days. Please find more information at the link below:

Odakyu Railway’s Fuji Hakone Pass website

Access to Gotemba

Gotemba can be accessed from Hakone. But some of you want to visit Gotemba only. Gotemba has a huge outlet shopping complex, Gotemba Premium Outlet. And also you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from Gotemba.

There are lots of direct bus service from many places in Tokyo area. Please see the official site of Premium Outlet:
Gotemba Premium Outlet website

Bus service is the best option to get Gotemba. But as you see the map at the top of this post, Gotemba can be accessed by train. Especially if you use JR pass, you can get there without any extra fare. Now I would like to explain about using JR deals in Mt. Fuji area. Please see next chapter.

How to use JR Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass or JR East Pass?

Some of you intend to use JR deals, like Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass), Tokyo Wide Pass or JR East Pass. But actually JR deals do not cover this area very much. Because there is no JR lines in the heart of Mt. Fuji area. Most of transportation in Hakone belong to Odakyu Railway group. That is reason why Odakyu Railway sells Hakone Free Pass. On the other hand, Fuji Kyuko Railway connects Otsuki and Lake Kawaguchi. This is not JR lines either.

Before I explain about each JR deals, I would like to introduce two posts. I have written about Mt Fuji and Hakone for JR Pass user before. If you intend to use JR Pass, please refer the following posts as well.

How to access Hakone from Tokyo. Compare Japan Railway and Odakyu lines
Japan Railways is the best way to access Mt. Fuji? How much can we use Japan Rail Pass to go to Mt. Fuji?

Let’s see the coverage of each JR deals.

Japan Rail Pass, a.k.a. JR Pass

Please see the following map. it show you the coverage of JR Pass.

fuji-hakone-access-map-jrpass

You cannot reach either Hakone or Lake Kawaguchi without any extra. But Otsuki, Mishima and Odawara can be accessed by JR pass to use Shinkansen with no extra charge. Even though it is not convenient, you can get Gotemba without any extra.

JR Gotemba line local train
JR Gotemba line local train

If you take a train to Gotemba, please keep your mind that Gotemba line is not a primary line. Trains runs every an hour in daytime and mostly every 30 minutes in morning/evening peak hours. On this line, Odakyu Railway operates Limited Express Asagiri between Shinjuku and Gotemba on both Odakyu line and JR Gotemba line. This train is not covered by JR Pass fully because it runs on non JR line, Odakyu Railway line mostly.

When you take Gotemba line train, you have to access to Kozu or Numazu. Both stations are not Shinkansen stations. And also any limited express trains do not stop at these stations. So you have to take local train and transfer to Gotemba line local train.

Tokyo Wide Pass

You can access both Otsuki and Odawara by this pass. But the conditions are a bit different from JR Pass. Please see the map below:

Map of JR Kanto Area Pass coverage around Mt. Fuji. Click to enlarge.
Map of Tokyo Wide Pass coverage around Mt. Fuji. Click to view large.
Super View Odoriko is serviced by newer car 251 series.
Super View Odoriko connects Tokyo and Izu. But you may use this train to get Odawara.

Tokyo Wide Pass does not cover Shinkansen and Gotemba line. When you go to Odawara for access to Hakone, you have to take Limited Express Odoriko or Tokaido line rapid/local train.

If you want to go to Gotemba by this pass, you can take Tokaido line local train to Kozu. But after Kozu, you have to pay extra to Gotemba that is 670 yen one wya. It is not in the coverage area of this pass. Actually this pass is not recommended to get Gotemba because of extra fare and train does not run very frequent on Gotemba line.

On the other hand, this deal covers Fuji Kyuko Railway. You can get Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) without any extra. But this deal includes limited express surcharge (even reserved seat fee). But it does not cover limited express surcharge on Fuji Kyuko. Fuji Kyuko operates several kinds of express train. If you take these trains, you have to pay extra on top of JR Pass. Please find some more information about Fuji Kyuko Railway at the post, Japan Railways is the best way to access Mt. Fuji? How much can we use Japan Rail Pass to go to Mt. Fuji?

JR East Pass

Actually Kanto Area Pass has better coverage than JR East Pass. Please see the map below to check the coverage by JR East Pass.

Map of JR East Pass coverage around Mt. Fuji. Click to enlarge.
Map of JR East Pass coverage around Mt. Fuji. Click to enlarge.

This deal does not cover Shinkansen and Gotemba line. And even Fuji Kyuko Railway is not covered by JR East Pass either.

Assessment

Both Hakone Free Pass and Fuji Hakone Pass are well designed pass. But you will use JR Pass or other JR deals. Please check your itinerary before/after trip to Mt. Fuji/Hakone area. If you have other trip for using JR deals, use Hakone Free Pass or Fuji Hakone Pass. JR deals do not cover any local transportation in Mt. Fuji area except Fuji Kyuko by Kanto Area Pass.

I hope this post will help you to build your plan.

194 thoughts on “Fuji Hakone access guide by train and bus from both Tokyo and Osaka / Kyoto / Nagoya.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    I’ll be travelling to Japan in April 2017. My itinerary is as followed:
    4-6th April: Tokyo
    6-9th Osaka
    9-10th Hakone/Gotemba
    10-15th Tokyo

    I will be getting the JR PASS during my stay in Japan. I plan to get to Hakone/Gotemba from Osaka, spending a night there and then back to Tokyo. What are the options I have and what would be the best way of travel?

    Thanks for your guidance

    1. Hi Geno,

      You can use 7 days JR pass for the first 7 days. You can purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/

      After Hakone, proceed to Tokyo by Shinkansen from Odawara to Tokyo. JR pass still covers on the way to Tokyo on 10th Apr.

      In Tokyo from 11th, you may use Tokyo Subway Ticket.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Single fare is required to get back to the airport.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,
        Thanks for your prompt reply. What about getting to Hakone/Gotemba from Osaka? Since I’ll be getting the JR pass, is it worthwhile using it for this trip? or are there any other better or faster way of travel

        Cheers,
        Geno

  2. Hi Mr Takeshi,

    I would like some advise from you.

    1. From Kyoto to Odawara which is the cheapest and best train that we can take? we need to get to Odawara to buy Fuji Hakone Pass.

    2. We plan to go Yokohama after sightseeing for 2d1n Hakone and Kawaguchiko area. Which area do you recommend us to visit first?We have big backpacks with us.We havent booked our accommodation and it will be based on your recommendation which area to go first.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Nick,

      1. Basically Shinkansen is the choice. It’s not cheap but there is no other realistic way. The cost is around 12000 yen.

      2. Shinjuku (in Tokyo) is the best. When you go to Yokohama from Kawaguchiko, you will go through Tokyo anyway. You can get an accommodation in Tokyo and leave your baggage, and then go to Yokohama. It takes about 30 minutes by train from Tokyo to Yokohama.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/yokohama-and-kamakura-access-guide-find-the-right-deal-and-route-from-your-place-to-stay.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. hi takeshi. my sister and i will be in nagoya. it is our first time in japan. we would like to go mt fuji. how can we get there

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for such an amazing information about the transportation. However I have a few question wondering if you could guide me.

    My family and I will be travelling to Tokyo coming December for 4 nights 23/12 until 27/12
    1. May I know is it worth it to buy the JR wide pass 3 days (10,000 yen) for travelling from Narita to city area and so on. we will be staying in Shinjuku area.
    2. We wish to visit Mt Fuji to have a view of it. Also, we wish to cover gotemba outlet. May I know which way is better? I am nt sure which one is better since we are not planning to stay in Hakone.
    – JR wide pass to Kawaguchiko then pay extra to gotemba or
    – Odakyu line
    – express Bus

    thank you very much in advance 🙂

    1. Hi XinYi,

      If you just want to see Mt. Fuji, you can see it from Gotemba. In this case, you can take express bus to outlet. You don’t need to use the pass.
      http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/bus/

      If you also want to visit Lake Kawaguchi, it’s not impossible. The following sample includes Fuji and Hakone but you can remove Hakone portion and spend more time in outlet.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1-day/fuji-hakone-one-day-trip-sample-itinerary-you-can-visit-both-lake-kawaguchi-and-hakone-by-day-trip-from-tokyo.html

      In this sample, Fuji Hakone Pass is recommended but you need to take direct express bus from Gotemba outlet. Fuji Hakone Pass does not cover it. Even if use Tokyo Wide Pass, you can use it for one way only. In this case, you will use the pass for Narita to Shinjuku and Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi one way. It’s not enough to use the pass. Technically you can go back to Lake Kawaguchi from Gotemba outlet and take the train back to Shinjuku. But you will spend more time and not recommended. You also have to pay extra for taking bus to go back to Lake Kawaguchi from Gotemba.

      As a result, I don’t recommend Tokyo Wide Pass for your trip. If you intend to visit other area outside Tokyo, you can use this pass. But if you use express bus to Gotemba, NEX Tokyo round trip ticket is better deal for your trip.
      http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html

      You may use subway pass for staying in Tokyo.
      http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/index.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi San,

    Thank you so much for having your written so intensively about Japan. Your info is so comprehensive and I have been visiting your site everyday ever since I booked a trip to Tokyo on 25th Nov 2016. There are just so many information for me to digest.

    My flight will reach Haneada Airport at 6.30am and I think it is just waste of time waiting to check-in at 3p.m so I plan to go Mt. Fuji and Hakone on my 1st day and will be staying there for 2 nights.

    I will be using Fuji Hakone 3 day pass.

    The Fuji Hakone pass says that I have to travel in such a way
    Shinjuku ==> Odawara (Odayaku Line)
    Kawaguchiko Station ==> Shinjuku ( Keio or Fujikyu highway bus).

    Now the problem is I will be travelling with quite large luggage (2 huge + 2 smaller for 3 of us).

    1) When I reached Odawara can I bring my luggage with be on board those train/buses to the hotel at Gora?

    2) On the last day, can I bring in my 4 big luggage into the bus/train to go to Kawaguchicho station (I believe I need to transfer at Gotemba).

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks
    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      You can take your luggage on any trains and buses. But most of trains and buses in Hakone and Fuji are local transportation. Those do not have any luggage space. You have to keep your luggage in your space. You may need to stand in the bus or train. It may be stressful.

      I recommend you to pack small for Fuji Hakone 2 nights trip and send huge luggage to your hotel in Tokyo. Most of hotels accept the luggage even if you arrive a few days later. Try to ask your hotel they can do or not. Delivery service is very popular in Japan. You can find the delivery service on arrival floor in Haneda airport.
      http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/premises/service/delivery.html

      It costs usually 2000 to 3000 yen per baggage. But it depends on size and weight.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. i need advice as i am not familiar and going by our own without any guide.
    Basically we intent to stay in Gora for 2 nights and 3 days and coming from Shinjuku and will be back to Shinjuku later.
    wanted to cover Hakone area and Mt Fuji area and also go to Gotemba outlet to shop. how should my iternary be? Since i am coming from Shinjuki, should my 1st day start from Hakone than back to Gora where our hotel is. than on 2nd day cover Mt Fuji area and the last day check out go to Gotemba outlet. Is this a proper way to travel?
    To and fro Shinjuku should i travel via Hakone Yumoto station back to Shinjuku? or Gotemba back to Shinjuku?
    I should be staying either Hakone Lake Hotel or Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka. Which is better and convenient to the area im covering.

    Thank you

    1. Hi swister,

      You can do your plan, day 1 Hakone, day 2, Lake Kawaguchi (Fuji) and day 3 Gotemba. You can use Fuji Hakone Pass Odawara departure.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/fujihakone/pdf/renewal-pamphlet.pdf

      You may use Shinjuku departure if you don’t want to stop at Odawara to purchase Odawara departure Fuji Hakone Pass. But one way fare to Odawara (base fare 880 yen) + Odawara departure Fuji Hakone Pass is cheaper. You will take express bus from Gotemba to Shinjuku and this bus is not covered by Fuji Hakone Pass anyway.
      http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/bus/

      Both places are convenient location. You can choose whichever you like, mountain area or lake side. I have never stayed in these hotels. So I cannot compare actually.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Please help, I will be going to gotemba outlets from tokyo.

    1. Is the best way really by bus?
    2. What would be the fastest way to the outlets?
    3. Will i spend more if i get the hakone pass instead?
    4. Do i use a suica from shinjuku to odawara?
    5. How do i get to the nearest 5th station from gotemba outlet?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Vince,

      1,2. Yes. If you visit only Gotemba, express bus is the best way. This is only direct service.

      3. Yes. If you want to visit some places, like Owakudani, Hakone-machi, Lake Ashi, Hakone free pass is the best choice.

      4. You can, but you can use Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku and this is cheaper.

      5. You have to go to Lake Kawaguchi area. You need to take another bus from Gotemba to Fujisan station or Kawaguchiko station.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi

    I’m planning to go to fujikyu highland via hakone area. As far as i read, you suggest going via kouzu to gotenba then change to bus to go to fujikyu highland, but kouzu is outside hakone area. Can you give me some advice to go to gotenba via hakone area? I’m coming drom Kyoto, so i stop at Odawara station.

    Thank you

      1. I just wanna sightseeing at hakone. Sorry, i forgot to mention, i wanna go to hakone machi and lake ashi. And after that going to fujikyu highland

        1. Hi Arief,

          So you can take the route, Odakyu railway, Hakone Tozan Railway, Hakone Cablecar, and Hakone Ropeway to Togendai at Lake Ashi from Odawara. Togendai is located at the shore of Lake Ashi. You can access to both Hakone-machi and Gotemba from there.

          You also can take a bus from Hakone-Yumoto to Hakone-machi. But the view from ropeway is recommended. I recommend Odakyu, Hakone-Tozan, Cablecar and ropeway rote.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

    1. Hi Joseph,

      You need to take a train from Fujinomiya to Fuji, and Fuji to Odawara or Mishima. If you want to go to Lake Ashi, Gotemba or surrounding area, you can take a bus from Mishima. Otherwise Odawara is a gateway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi-
    I wonder if you could help guide me.
    I would like to go from hakone to MT fuji ( 5th station) and then to kyoto in one day. How would i do this most efficiently. I wanted to visit the 5th station and experience being on the mountain. perhaps climb for 1-2 hours but not to the summit.

    Thank you for your guidance.

    1. Hi Joseph,

      You need to go to Lake Kawaguchi first. You can get there from Hakone via Gotemba. The bus to 5th station departs there.
      When you go to Kyoto, take bus from Lake Kawaguchi to Mishima. And you can catch Shinkansen to Kyoto.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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