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.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

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!

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

  1. Hi Takeshi-san 🙂

    If we dont get the romancecAr, will there be any train transfer to/from shinjuku/odawara?

    From odawara station, how do we get to gotemba outlet?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Patty san,

      There are commute express trains running between Odawara and Shinjuku. In most of case, you can get Odawara from Shinjuku directly. Train has only long bench seat and you may have to stand up.

      It’s very hard to get Gotemba from Odawara. There is no direct routes. You may take JR local train to Kouzu from Odawara, and then take another local train on JR Gotemba line to Gotemba. And then change the bus to outlet. Otherwise you have to go through Hakone.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi-san

    I am going Tokyo in mid April but would like to do a day trip to Hakone to have a glimpse of Mount Fuji. I intend to take the Shinkansen from Shinagawa Station and to Odawara Station. Is this correct? From Odawara Station, how do I get to Lake Ashi? Can I take the romancecar from Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto?

    1. Hi Sarah san,

      You can take an ordinary train from Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto. You don’t need to ride romancecar because it’s a short ride.

      There are two ways to get Lake Ashi. One is taking Hakone Tozan Railway, Hakone Cablecar and Hakone Ropeway. The other one is taking Hakone Tozan Bus. Please see the link below to find more info:
      http://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi, first of all thanks for the wonderful itinerary. May I ask for suggestion if it’s possible if I come early in the morning to kawaguchiko for lake ashi and chureito pagoda and go to hakone just for the tori and odawara castle? and if I go to odawara castle, is there a way to go back tokyo aside from romancecar from hakone yumoto? thanks!

  4. hello Mr. Takeshi,
    We’re going to Japan this April 2. We’ll be staying in Tsurumi, Yokohama until Apr. 5. Then we’re proceeding to Osaka. We have the JRPass. Would it be feasible to visit Fuji on the last day, leaving early in the morning, then afterward head for Osaka in the afternoon or early evening? Can we leave our luggage in lockers in Odawara Station? Also, how cold is it around that time of year?
    Domo Arigato.
    Jose

  5. Hi there! 🙂 Good day! My family are planning to visit Japan on April.
    may I know how much is the fare from Kawaguchiko station to Shimo-Yoshida station (roundtrip)? 🙂

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your sample itinerary.

    By referring your itinerary, do you think it is possible to skip the outlet after Lake Kawaguchi? As we will be travelling with our boys (3yo and 6yo) guess we can skip the shopping 🙂

    Do you think the following draft itinerary works for us?

    Shinjuku 07:15 (Express bus) 09:00 Kawaguchiko station (Lake Kawaguchi)

    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

    Lake Kawaguchi to Owakudani <== possible? How can we get to Owakudani from Lake Kawaguchi?

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

    Hakone-machi 17:38 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 18:00 Hakone-Yumoto to Shinjuku by “Romancecar”.

    Many thanks!
    *we will be going on mid april 🙂

    1. Hi Karen,

      You can skip outlet. But even if you skip it, your route is same. There is no direct routes from Lake Kawaguchi to Hakone. You need to Gotemba outlet and then need to take a bus to Togendai. And you can take ropeway to Owakudani.

      Even if you remove Gotemba, the schedule is tight. I recommend you to visit Hakone only. I think it’s way more comfortable for kids. Especially if you access to Owakudani from Hakone side, you will take train (Hakone Tozan railway), Cable car and then take ropeway. Most of boys like these transportation. It’s much more fun than long ride on the bus.
      http://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/traffic/transportation/

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Thanks Takeshi!

      Included Kawaguchiko station –> Mt. Kachikachi (Kachikachiyama) Ropeway as i thought it will have better view of Mt Fuji, as compared to Hakone Ropeway.

      What do you think? Appreciate your advice. Thanks again 🙂

  7. Hi Takeshi ,

    if I like to stay Three days in Hakone, do I get hakone free pass for three days? How do I travel down to Kawaguchi from hakone? how many days are best? Is the time of mid November for good view of my Fuji?

    1. Hi Hazel,

      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

      When you get Lake Kawaguchi, you have to get Gotemba first. You can access to Gotemba by bus from most places in Hakone. And then you need to take a bus again. Hakone Free Pass does not cover bus between Gotemba and Lake Kawaguchi.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/route/detail/id/1

      If you visit Lake Kawaguchi on the last day and go back to Shinjuku from Lake Kawaguchi, you can use Fuji Hakone Pass.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/fujihakone/

      It’s hard to say to see the view of Fuji. But if you stay there for 3 days, you can see Fuji in one of three days.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hello Takeshi!
    I will be traveling to Japan on April 4-10 with my 8 year old daughter.
    I am planning to go to Kawaguchi to see mount Fuji and also the Chureito Pagoda.
    Can we do day trip for these two sites?
    I dont want to go to Gotemba anymore.
    Thank you!

  9. Hi Takeshi San,
    We will go to Tokyo this coming April and will be staying at Tokyo Plaza Hotel. We purchased 7 days JR Pass. We will go to Osaka on the 4th day. Which station should we take in going to Shin Osaka – is it Tokyo Station or Shinagawa? Also, are JR Chuo Line, JR Sobu Line and JR Keikyu Line included in JR Pass?

    Thank you.

    Mai

    1. Hi Mai,

      Shinagawa is better because you can get there by Yamanote line without any train changes. All JR local lines, like Yamanote line, Chuo line, Sobu line, Keihin Tohoku line are covered.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. hi, thanks for info its very helpful
    we’re planning to go to osaka then tokyo in december.
    if i buy the fuji hakone 2 day pass while staying in tokyo, can i go to hakone for one day, then back to tokyo in the evening; and then go to fuji lake kawaguchi the next day then back again to tokyo in the evening?

    is it too much going back and forth? because we will go from shinjuku and back every day for 2 days. (I’ll make both days daily trips)

    and does the fuji hakone 2 days pass allow that?

    thank you for your info

    1. Hi imelda,

      You cannot go back to Tokyo because this pass includes one way to/from Fuji and one way to/from Hakone. So if you go to Hakone by this pass, you have to stay in Hakone or Fuji and go back to Tokyo from Lake Kawaguchi area.

      If you want to have day trips to each places, you have to pay separately. Hakone Free Pass is your choice for Hakone and express bus is your choice for Lake Kawaguchi.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      You can have two day trips. Many travelers do it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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