Fuji Hakone one day trip sample itinerary. You can visit both Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone by day trip from Tokyo!

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

I actually do not recommend to visit Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone in one day. There are many places to see. One way is not obviously enough to visit these places. But some of you have very tight schedule. You cannot choose which one you visit. You may be wondering if you have to visit one of Lake Kawaguchi or Hakone. This sample itinerary may be suitable for you. It is very very tight schedule and you have to give up many places. But you can visit most of highlights at both side of Fuji, Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi. You may be okay to see these places in Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi.

This itinerary has been created by timetable in September, 2016. If you try to do this plan, please check the updated timetable before you go.

Purchase Fuji Hakone Pass

This deal covers both Fuji and Hakone area. It is valid for 3 days. This is one day itinerary but this deal is cheaper than total fares anyway. Please get this pass day before departure day because you will leave Shinjuku in early morning.

Fuji Hakone Pass official site

If you want to take limited express train “Romancecar” from Hakone to Shinjuku, you may book when you purchase a pass. Limited Express seat fee is extra on top of Fuji Hakone Pass. But this express train takes you to Shinjuku directly from Hakone-Yumoto. Interior is very comfy. It is highly recommended.

Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi

Fuji Kyuko Railway's Kawaguchiko station. All bus services around Mt. Fuji depart / arrive in this station.
Fuji Kyuko Railway’s Kawaguchiko station. All bus services around Mt. Fuji depart / arrive in this station.

Shinjuku 07:15 (Express bus) 09:00 Kawaguchiko station (Lake Kawaguchi)
This is the earliest bus that runs in all season. When you make a trip in weekend of summer season, you may be able to take earlier one.

Shinjuku – Fuji Express Bus timetable

After you arrive in Lake Kawaguchi, you have two options.

Option 1, Mt. KachiKachi Ropeway and Lake Kawaguchi Cruise

View from Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway (C) Ippukucho (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
View from Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway (C) Ippukucho (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Kawaguchiko station 09:00 (walk 15 minutes) 09:15 Mt. Kachikachi (Kachikachiyama) Ropeway 10:05 (walk 15 minutes) 10:20 Lake Shore boarding pier 10:30 (Lake cruise) 10:50 (walk 10 minutes) 11:00 Kawaguchiko station

This option plan includes two popular attractions around Lake Kawwaguchi. You can view Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji from the view point by Kachikachiyama Ropeway. This gondola takes you to the observation deck at the mid mountain in 3 minutes.

Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway official site

After enjoy the view from the mountain, you board the ship on Lake Kawaguchi.

Kawaguchiko Lake Cruise “En Soleil”

These two attractions are not covered by Fuji Hakone Pass. But you can purchase discount combo ticket for gondola and cruise at Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway ticket booth. It is sold at 1,300 yen.

Option 2, Chureito Pagoda

One of most famous shot in Japan is taken at Chureito pagoda. (C) Fujiyoshida City / JNTO
One of most famous shot in Japan is taken at Chureito pagoda. (C) Fujiyoshida City / JNTO

Kawaguchiko station 09:35 (Fuji Kyuko railway local train) 09:49 Shimo-Yoshida 11:07 (Fuji Kyuko railway local train) 11:21 Kawaguchiko station

You may have seen the photo of Chureito Pagoda. This is very famous spot especially in cherry blossom season. You can enjoy the view of cherry blossom, pagoda and Mt. Fuji at same time. It may be the best place to see cherry blossom in Japan.

Chureito is one of the building in the shrine. Official name of this place is Arakura Fuji Sengen shrine. This shrine is only 10 minutes away from Shimo-Yoshida station of Fuji Kyuko Railway. Unfortunately the train does not run very frequently between Kawaguchiko and Shimo-Yoshida. There is no earlier trains to get Shimo-Yoshida.

Lake Kawaguchi to Gotemba Premium Outlet

Kawaguchiko station 11:30 (Fuji Kyuko bus) 13:05 Gotemba Premium Outlet

Gotemba Premium Outlet is very popular spot for shopping spree. Even if you are not interesting in outlet, this is a transfer point of the bus to Hakone. As you probably notice, you cannot have enough time to eat lunch before you get. You can get something to eat before boarding bus at Kawaguchiko station. If you eat in the bus, you can save your time. You have only one hour at Gotemba Premium Outlet. If you want to shop there, eat something in the bus or before you leave Kawaguchiko station. Otherwise you can eat something at Outlet mall.

Fuji Kyuko Bus between Kawaguchiko and Gotemba timetable

By the way, there is no bus departure until 14:00. You cannot proceed even if you want to go early.

Gotemba Premium Outlet to Owakudani via Togendai

Hakone Ropeway is one of the best way to see the mountains surrounding Hakone. (C) Odakyu Electric Railway / JNTO
Hakone Ropeway is one of the best way to see the mountains surrounding Hakone. (C) Odakyu Electric Railway / JNTO

Gotemba Premium Outlet 14:00 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 14:22 Sengoku 14:35 (Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus) 14:48 Togendai (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani

There are lots of routes of the bus in Hakone. It is sometimes very hard to find the best route. You can check the route and schedule in the link below.

Hakone Tozan Bus official site, Route search

Owakudani cannot be missed in Hakone. This is an active volcanic area. You can experience lots of steam and bubbling hot springs along the short trail. Boiled egg that is cooked in this hot water is very famous food at Owakudani. You may try to eat this local food.

Owakudani is one of Must-See spots in Hakone.  ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO
Owakudani is one of Must-See spots in Hakone. ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO

You can access there by gondola from Togendai where is located at the shore of Lake Ashi. Hakone Ropeway is operated until 16:00 so far. You have to leave Owakudani around 15:40. Your actual time to stay in Owakudani is approximately 30 minutes. Most of you spend usually 20 minutes to walk the trail. The operation time may be extended to 17:00 in next summer.

Hakone Ropeway official site

Owakudani to Hakone-machi Port via Togendai

Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO
Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji (C) Odakyu Electric Railway / JNTO

Owakudani 15:30-40 (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) 16:00 Togendai 16:20 (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) 17:00

You will take the sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi that is most famous lake in Hakone. You will enjoy one way trip from Togendai to Hakone-machi.

Hakone Checkpoint historical site is one of famous spots in Hakone and that is located near Hakone-machi port. But it is open until 17:00 (16:30 in winter time). You have to enter 30 minutes before closing. If you want to visit there, you have to give up Owakudani.

If you travel there between December and February, cruise ship leave at 16:10.

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise official site

Hakone-machi port to Hakone-Yumoto

Hakone-machi 17:38 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 18:00 Hakone-Yumoto

There are many more bus services available to Hakone-Yumoto. You can find some more route at Hakone Tozan Bus route finder.

Hakone Tozan Bus official site, Route search

Hakone-Yumoto is the biggest Onsen town in Hakone. You can take just an Onsen bath without overnight stay. I have two recommended Onsen facilities. I put the links but these are unfortunately in Japanese. These two Onsen facilities are located within 5 minutes from Hakone-Yumoto station by walk.

Kappa Tengoku
It is located just behind Hakone-Yumoto station. It is open until 22:00. You can eat some light meals and drinks there too.

Yajikita no Yu
It is located in Hakone-Yumoto ryokan area. It is open until 21:00. This facility does not have a dining.

Hakone-Yumoto to Shinjuku

Interior of Odakyu Romancecar 50000 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Interior of Odakyu Romancecar 50000 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Hakone-Yumoto (Odakyu Railway 1.5 hours by Romancecar without transit, 2 hours with transit at Odawara) Shinjuku

Odakyu railway train runs until late night. I recommend you to take Odakyu Railway’s limited express train, “Romancecar”. It connects Hakone-Yumoto and Shinjuku directly and it offers very comfy accommodation. You have to pay extra 890 yen for seat fee but it is worth paying. Please see the timetable of Romancecar in the link below:

Odakyu Railway Romancecar timetable

If you do not want to pay any extra, you can take local train to Odawara from Hakone-Yumoto. And you can take a regular commute train to Shinjuku.

Can we squeeze Mt. Fuji 5th station in this plan?

Actually I tried to put this but I could not make it. The earliest schedule to 5th station is the following:

Kawaguchiko station 09:50 (Fuji Hiking Bus) 10:45 5th station 11:40 (Fuji Hiking Bus) 12:25 Kawaguchiko station

There is the bus to Gotemba Outlet at 12:30 from Kawaguchiko station. But it is only 5 minutes transit time. Even if you get on 12:30 bus, it is one hour behind the original schedule. You cannot make Owakudani as a result.

If you are okay to give up Owakudani, you can add this place. You will see 5th station, Gotemba Outlet, Lake Ashi cruise and Hakone-Yumoto only. But if you miss 12:30 bus at Kawaguchiko station, you have to give up Lake Ashi cruise too. Please keep it in your mind if you try this 5th station plan. But I do not recommend because it is too risky.

Hope this itinerary gives you some idea to make your trip plan!

64 thoughts on “Fuji Hakone one day trip sample itinerary. You can visit both Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone by day trip from Tokyo!”

  1. Dear Takeshi,
    Could you please let me know whether “Fuji Hakone Pass” will cover up to “Mt. Fuji 5th Station”? does the “Chuo Highway Bus” will go up to the 5th station ?
    Regards,
    Nuwan

  2. Hi,
    We want to check both Fuji-san and Hakone but after seeing your schedule it seems very tight. We can either choose a tour or go by ourselves and we rather go at a more leisure pace. If we want to visit both in two different days, do you think the fuji-hakone freepass is a good option? We don’t want to stay there, but we would love to see fuji-san and visit hakone. I am teying to find the best option to see both.

    1. Hi Elle,

      If you visit Hakone and Fuji (Lake Kawaguchi area) separately, you should have different deals/tickets instead of Fuji Hakone Pass. Fuji Hakone Pass is not a right choice.

      You can use Hakone Free Pass for day trip to Hakone. Even for day trip, 2 days pass is your choice.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/

      You can use single fare to take Express bus to Lake Kawaguchi.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/detail/id/1

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi, thanks for the reply.

        My aim is to go to Owakudani and also take the Hakone Ropeway.

        So is my route correct?

        Kawguchiko station to Gotemba Premium Outlet by Hakone Tozan Bus.

        Where do I alight to take hakone ropeway to Owakudani?

        Thank you!

        Leann

        1. Hi Leann,

          You will take Fuji Kyuko bus from Lake Kawaguchi to Gotemba outlet. It’s not operated by Hakone Tozan bus.
          After Gotemba outlet, you can follow same way in my sample above. You will get Togendai and then take ropeway to Owakudani. But usually you need to change the bus some point between outlet and Togendai. It’s varied by trip date and trip time. You can find it by the link which I gave you in previous reply.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi all,

    We are planning to spend 2D1N to enjoy Kawaguchiko and Hakone. Below are our list of interests….could you suggest the best itinerary and transportation (which pass that best support our need):

    – Kawaguchiko en-soleil excursion ship

    – Kachikachi Ropeway

    – Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    – Kawaguchiko Hall of Herbs & Fragrance or KAwaguchiko Natural Living Center (which one is more interesting to see?)

    – Oishi Park to see the herb festival (we read that it’s held between June-July)

    – Saiko Iyashi no Sato

    – Mt. Fuji 5th trail station

    – Hakone Open Air Museum

    – Gotemba (2nd priority)

    thank you for your kind attention

    1. Hi Christina,

      If you start your trip from Tokyo, Fuji Hakone Pass is the best choice for your trip. And you can use my sample itinerary mostly and add a few things.
      You may stay in Lake Kawaguchi area. And you can make day trips other than Hakone open air museum and Gotemba. Please see the link below:
      http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

      On 2nd day, you can proceed to Gotemba. After that, go to Hakone open air museum. You can go back to Tokyo from Hakone-Yumoto. Otherwise, you can catch the train at Odaawra to other destinations.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    i will be going to Osaka with my boyfriend in sept 17 for 10 days. Hope you can clarify my below inquiries?

    Plan:
    Arriving at Kansai Airport Osaka – to Tokyo for (4 Days)
    Tokyo – to Osaka for ( 5 Days)
    Departing from Kansai Airport Osaka

    1. i will be arriving at kansai Airport Osaka at 930pm, i have already planned to purchase 7 Days JR pass. i am wondering will i be able to catch any last shinkansen train to Tokyo by JR pass on that day? if not, i am planning to stay one night near to the Kansai airport and take the next day morning earliest train.
    2. i will need to store my big luggage somewhere before i leave for Tokyo. where would you recommend?
    3. i will spend one night at Mt Fuji area on the way back from Tokyo to Osaka. is the JR pass convenient for use in the Mt fuji area? what is the JR station that i need to take off from Tokyo and take on to Osaka?
    4. i will only spend 5D 4N at Osaka before my departure, inclusive of 1 day trip to Kyoto and 1 day trip to Nara. do you think i could cover those most popular places?

    Please feel free to comment on my schedule and your kind recommendation is very much appreciated.

    1. Hi Valerie,

      1. No, you can’t. Too late to catch the train and you should stay in Osaka on arrival day.

      2. Your hotel in Osaka may be able to hold your luggage until you get there. Please ask them. If they can, you can ship it from Kansai airport. It costs around 2,000 yen per luggage. If they don’t, please see the link below:
      http://translate.osakastationcity.com/LUCOSC/ns/tl.cgi/http%3a//osakastationcity.com/annai/baggage/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=UTF-8&XJSID=0

      3. JR Pass is not very helpful in Fuji area. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html
      Hakone is more accessible than other area, like Lake Kawawaguchi when you move to Osaka from Tokyo.

      4. One day each in Kyoto and Nara is okay.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    Thanks so much with your previous feedback. Still dilemma with my schedule as we really wanted see Mt Fuji >. Lake Kawaguchi > there is a ‘Shiba-sakura festival’ around that area > have lunch

    then do you still possible to go Hakone? I actually only interested with Owakudani, but i guess i still need go through the Gotemba > ropeway etc only then i can reach Owakudani right?

    or it is best for me to spend my entire day around Lake Kawaguchi then head back to Shinjuku?

    Thanks again,
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen,

      As you think, you need to go through Gotemba and Togendai (Gondola station). It takes 2.5 to 3 hours to get Togendai from Lake Kawaguchi. So it’s still possible to get Owakudani even if you have “early” lunch time in Lake Kawaguchi.

      Gondola operation hours 9:00 to 17:00. It takes 16 minutes from Togendai to Owakudabi. So you must be Togendai by 16:00.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thanks Takeshi for your prompt response 🙂

        Can i just confirm with you that
        1. From Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi, take the express bus?
        2. takes bout 2 hours to reach Lake Kawaguchi
        3. Walk around Lake kawaguchi, take photos, Shiba-sakura festival, have lunch
        4. At what time do you recommend best to leave from Lake Kawaguchi? we will need to take the bus from Kawaguchi station to Gotemba then to Togendai (that will be 2-3hours ride). This will be covered by Hakone Pass if we purchase at Shinjuku – but since i’m not sure if my this itinerary workable or not, should i still buy it at Shinjuku OR i can buy at Kawaguchi station?

        Thanks again for assisting me on this. Appreciate your advice.

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