Fuji and Hakone 2-day trip sample itinerary

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

I have shared a day trip sample itinerary of Fuji and Hakone before.

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

But this itinerary covers both Lake Kawaguchi and Hakone areas in one day. It is very tight and many places are not covered. If you can spend two days, you can enjoy Fuji and Hakone areas one day each. You can visit many more places easily.

In this sample itinerary, I tried to put most of popular spots in these areas. And also this plan includes Fuji Shibazakura festival which is most popular event in spring. You can do this trip from Tokyo to Tokyo. You also can squeeze this trip between Tokyo and Osaka. You can drop by this area on the way to Osaka or Kyoto from Tokyo or versa.

This itinerary has been created by timetable in March, 2018. If you try to do this plan, please check the updated timetable before you go.

If you look for the itinerary to Hakone or Fuji (Lake Kawaguchi area) only, please see the link below. You may get more information about access to these places and some sample itineraries:

How to build the trip plan to Hakone. Various sample itineraries of Hakone

How to build the trip plan to Fuji area. Various sample itineraries of Fuji Five Lakes and 5th station

Purchase Fuji Hakone Pass

This deal covers both Fuji and Hakone area. It is valid for 3 days. This is two days itinerary but this deal is cheaper than total fares anyway. Please get this pass day before departure day because you will be busy on departure day.

Odakyu Railway – Fuji Hakone Pass official site

There are two types of Fuji Hakone Pass, Shinjuku departure and Odawara departure. If you intend to use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass, you may purchase Odawara departure. Because Odawara departure does not include Shinjuku to/from Kawaguchiko or Odawara. You may use your pass for this segment to save the total cost. If you squeeze this itinerary between Tokyo and Osaka (or Nagoya or Kyoto), you may use Odawara departure version anyway. You need only one way to Fuji. It does not make senses to use Shinjuku departure because it includes round trip between Shinjuku and Fuji/Hakone.

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.

Day 1 Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Lake Kawaguchi

On the first day of trip, enjoy sightseeing around Lake Kawaguchi area and stay overnight

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.

If you use Fuji Hakone Pass Shinjuku departure version, you will take the express bus from Shinjuku bus terminal.

Shinjuku 07:45 (Express bus) 09:30 Kawaguchiko station (Lake Kawaguchi)

This bus schedule is based on 2017-18 winter schedule. The schedule may be changed when you travel. Please confirm the bus timetable when you build your trip plan.

Shinjuku – Fuji Express Bus timetable

If you use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass, you may take the trains via Otsuki.

Limited Express Azusa and Kaiji runs on Chuo line to Otsuki very frequently.

Shinjuku 07:30 (Limited Express Azusa 3) 08:30 Otsuki 08:35 (Fuji Kyuko Railway) 09:31 Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi)

Most of the trains from Otsuki depart from Fuji Kyuko Railway platform. But the train in this trip schedule is JR local train which goes from JR line to Fuji Kyuko line. This train is irregular and depart from JR train platform in Otsuki station. You do not need to enter Fuji Kyuko Railway Otsuki station. Please see the link below to find more information about Otsuki station.

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

This is based on 2017-18 winter schedule. Train schedule may be changed when you travel. Please confirm the train timetable when you build your trip plan.

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

Option 1, Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival (C) Akira Okada / JNTO

This is very popular spring festival in Mt. Fuji area.

Kawaguchiko 9:40 (Shuttle bus “Fuji Shibazakura Liner”) 10:11 Shibazakura festival venue 11:30 (Shuttle bus “Fuji Shibazakura Liner”) 12:00 Kawaguchiko

This festival is very popular and very crowded. You should visit this at the beginning in your trip to minimize the congestion.

Option 2, Fuji Subaru Line 5th station

Kawaguchiko 9:50 (Fuji Kyuko route bus) 10:45 Fuji Subaru Line 5th station 11:40 (Fuji Kyuko route bus) 12:25 Kawaguchiko

In summer and autumn, you may visit 5th station at the halfway of the summit of Mt. Fuji. This is the highest point to visit without mountain climbing. You can visit 5th station in even spring season if you want.

Lunch time in Kawaguchiko and see Mt. KachiKachi Ropeway, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise and/or walk around Lake Kawaguchi

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

After Shibazakura Festival or 5th station sightseeing, you have a lunch time around Kawaguchiko station. You have two hours break at Kawaguchiko station. You can take Gondola on Mt. KachiKachi or short cruise on Lake Kawaguchi.

If you take the gondola to go up to Mt. Kachikachi, you may take the following schedule.

Kawaguchiko station 13:00 (walk 15 minutes) 13:15 Mt. Kachikachi (Kachikachiyama) Ropeway (3 minutes by godola) Observation spot (3 minutes by gondola) 14:05 (walk 15 minutes) 14:20 Kawaguchiko station

Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway official site

If you take the lake cruise, you may take the following route:

Kawaguchiko station 13:10 (walke 10 minutes) Lakeshore boarding pier 13:30 (20 minutes Lake cruise) 13:50 (walk 10 minutes) 14:00 Kawaguchiko station

Kawaguchiko Lake Cruise “En Soleil”

In this lunch break, you cannot do both. And also if you travel in summer time, you come back to Lake Kawaguchi around 16:30. You still have a time to take lake cruise if you like. Please remember that you will take ropeway and lake cruise in Hakone too. So you can skip these attractions and just walk around Lake Kawaguchi.

These two attractions are not covered by Fuji Hakone Pass. If you intend to take both, you can purchase discount combo ticket for gondola and cruise at Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway ticket booth. It is sold at 1,300 yen. You will take ropeway and sightseeing cruise in Hakone too. Especially sightseeing cruise is much longer and ship is much bigger in Hakone. You may consider which attraction you really want to take and compare with Hakone’s.

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Visit 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 14:29 (Fuji Kyuko railway local train) 14:43 Shimo-Yoshida 15:58 (Fuji Kyuko railway local train) 16:12 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 entrance of the shrine is only 10 minutes away from Shimo-Yoshida station of Fuji Kyuko Railway. But the pagoda is located about 15 to 20 minutes away from the station.

Unfortunately the train does not run very frequently between Kawaguchiko and Shimo-Yoshida. There is no earlier trains to get Shimo-Yoshida.

Day 2 Lake Kawaguchi – Gotemba – Hakone – Odawara – Shinjuku (or Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka)

Leaving from Lake Kawaguchi and proceed to Hakone area. You can drop by Oshino Hakkai or Gotemba Premium Outlet on the way.

Lake Kawaguchi to Oshino Hakkai

Oshino Hakkai (C) JNTO

Kawaguchiko station 09:00 (Fuji Kyuko bus) 09:23 Oshino-Hakkai

Enjoy 1 hour walk in Oshino Hakkai.

Oshino Hakkai to Hakone Venetian Glass Museum via Gotemba and Sengoku

Oshino Hakkari 10:23 (Fuji Kyuko bus) 11:15 Gotemba station 11:45 (Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus) 12:05 Sengoku

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum is 1km away from Sengoku bus stop.

Actually you may take one earlier bus because the bus to Sengoku from Gotemba station at 11:15. It is exactly same time as arrival time in Gotemba. If you can catch this earlier bus, the bus stop at the museum. 1km walk is not required and you have extra 30 minutes at Sengoku

Anyway you have two hours at Sengoku. You can visit the museum and eat lunch. You can eat in the museum or around Sengoku bus stop.

How to put Gotemba outlet in the trip plan

Gotemba Premium Outlet is very popular spot for shopping spree. If you give up Oshino Hakkai, you can drop by outlet easily.

Kawaguchiko station 08:30 (Fuji Kyuko bus) 10:05 Gotemba Premium Outlet 11:40 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 12:02

You have 1.5 hours at outlet and catch up with the original schedule at Sengoku. However you have to leave Kawaguchiko 30 minutes earlier. And also you may carry lots of shopping bags while sightseeing. Even if you can find the lockers at each places, it may bother you.

Sengoku to Togendai and Lake Cruise

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

Sengoku 13:56 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 14:13 Togendai 14:20 (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) 15:25 Togendai

Take a bus to get Togendai. Togendai is the hub of Hakone. This place is the departure point of lake cruise, ropeway, express bus and local bus.

After arrival at Togendai, hop on Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and enjoy the scenery around the lake.

Togendai to Owakudani

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

Togendai (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani

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 spring water is very famous food at Owakudani. Just try to eat it.

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

Hakone Ropeway is operated until 16:15 in winter season. Please make sure how much you can stay in Owakudani. You take ropeway again to get Sounzan. Usually it takes 20 minutes to walk the trail. The operation time is extended to 17:00 in summer season (March to November).

Hakone Ropeway official site

Owakudani to Hakone-Yumoto via Sounzan and Gora

Owakudani 16:00 (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) 16:08 Sounzan 16:17 (Hakone Cable Car) 16:27 Gora 16:38 (Hakone Tozan Railway) 17:20 Hakone-Yumoto

There are many more bus services available to Hakone-Yumoto. But many buses take old road. In this sample, I picked the bus which takes new road. Trip time is 25 minutes to get Hakone-Yumoto. If you take a bus which run on old road, trip time is 45 minutes. Please make sure which bus you will take.

Hakone Tozan Bus official site, Route search

Hakone-Yumoto is the biggest hot springs town in Hakone. There are lots of restaurants and shops. You can eat and/or shop there. 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.

But if you move to Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya, you do not have time to drop by Hakone-Yumoto.

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 change to a regular commute train to Shinjuku. There is no direct trains from Hakone-Yumoto to Shinjuku other than Romancecar.

Hakone-Yumoto to Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya

Hakone-Yumoto 17:33 (Odakyu Railway local train) 17:51 Odawara 18:08 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 523) 19:19 Nagoya, 20:13 Kyoto, 20:26 Shin-Osaka

You can get Odawara by Odakyu railway local train and catch Shinkansen at Odawara. This Shinkansen “Hikari 523” is the last train which you can get Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka from Odawara without changing trains. If you do not mind to change trains, there are some more trains later than 18:08 departure.

Other later train connections

Hakone-Yumoto 18:44 (Odakyu Railway local train) 18:59 Odawara 19:13 (Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama 803) 19:28 Mishima 19:47 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 523) 21:08 Nagoya, 22:00 Kyoto, 22:13 Shin-Osaka

Hakone-Yumoto 19:33 (Odakyu Railway local train) 19:48 Odawara 20:05 (Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama 68) 20:56 Shizuoka 21:10 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 533) 22:09 Nagoya, 23:02 Kyoto, 23:16 Shin-Osaka

If you want more time in Hakone, you may use one of these above train connections.

Sample trip plan from Osaka, Kyoto, or Nagoya to Tokyo

If you want to squeeze this trip plan on the way to Tokyo from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya, you may reverse this trip plan. But the location to stay overnight is different. It is hard to reach Lake Kawaguchi on day 1. In this case, your overnight place is Hakone. That means the time in Lake Kawaguchi is a bit shorter than the original plan above. If you skip Oshino Hakkai, you can have one more hour in Lake Kawaguchi area.

Day 1
Shin-Osaka 08:16, Kyoto 08:32, Nagoya 09:26 (Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 512) 10:36 Odawara
*Purchase Fuji Hakone Pass at Odawara station
Odawara 11:04 (Odakyu Railway) 11:19 Hakone-Yumoto 11:22 (Hakone Tozan Railway) 12:04 Gora
*Lunch time in Gora
Gora 13:17 (Hakone Cable Car) 13:27 Sounzan (8 Minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani
*Walk at Owakudani
Owakudani (16 minutes ride by Hakone Ropeway) Togendai 14:20 (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) 15:05 Togendai 15:15 (Hakone Tozan Bus) 15:29 Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
Stay overnight in Sengoku (or Togendai)

Day 2
Sengoku 08:40 (Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus) 09:05 Gotemba 09:40 (Fuji Kyuko route bus) 10:31 Oshino Hakkai
*Walk at Oshino Hakkai
Oshino Hakkai 11:31 (Fuji Kyuko route bus) 11:55 Kawaguchiko
*Lunch at Kawaguchiko
Kawaguchiko 13:00 (Shuttle bus Fuji Shibazakura Liner) 13:35 Fuji Shibazakura venue 15:30 (Shuttle bus Fuji Shibazakura Liner) 16:05 Kawaguchiko
or Kawaguchiko 13:00 (FujiKyu bus) 13:55 Fuji 5th station 14:50 (Fujikyu bus) 15:35 Kawaguchiko

If you travel in summer time and visit 5th station, you still can drop by Chureito Pagoda

Kawaguchiko 15:54 (Fuji Kyuko Railway local train) 16:10 Shimo-Yoshida
*Visit Chureito Pagoda
Shimo-Yoshida 17:46 (Fuji Kyuko Railway local train) 18:29 Otsuki 19:05 (Limited Express Azusa 30) 20:09 Shinjuku

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

76 thoughts on “Fuji and Hakone 2-day trip sample itinerary”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san,

    I will be travelling to Japan end of May for 11 days. I’m planning to do the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, visit Hirayu Onsen, Kamikochi, ShinHotaka Ropeway, Kawaguchiko, Hakone and Izu Peninsula. Not sure whether my itinerary is too tight. Also not sure what kind of passes I should purchase. Hope u can comment.
    Below is my itinerary:
    Day 1 – Reach Tokyo midnight. Spend the night in airport.
    Day 2 – From Haneda airport, go to Hirayu Onsen, check in hotel, move on to Shin Hotaka Ropeway
    Day 3 – spend the day in Kamikochi, stay another night in Hirayu Onsen
    Day 4 – Check out hotel and go to Nagano and Spend a day in Nagano
    Day 5 – check out hotel in Nagano early morning, do the Tateyama Alpine Route. Take Shinkansen back to Tokyo.
    Day 6 – check out from Tokyo hotel and proceed to explore Hakone and Kawaguchiko. Spend the night in Kawaguchiko
    Day 7 – Going to Fuji safari park and Shiraito falls. Back to Kawaguchiko
    Day 8 – check out hotel and proceed to Izu Peninsular. I plan to visit shimoda and Kawazu Nanadaru waterfalls. Spend a night in Izu
    Day 9 – Back to Tokyo
    Day 10 – Go to Round One amusement park, this one requeste by my child
    Day 11 – explore Tokyo , night plane back to home country

    I actually wanted to go to Shibazakura but since the day I reached is the last day of Shibazakura festivals, I figure I won’t be seeing the beautiful flowers hence will skip this round. My itinerary is not fixed and can be change but my main highlights will be the Tateyama Alpine Route. Hope u can advise.

    1. Hi CL san,

      Your itinerary is okay. I don’t think you need to change it.

      There is no deals to cover whole part of your trip. I recommend you to use JR East Pass Nagano Niigata as your primary option:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/jr-east-pass-niigata-and-nagano-flex-5-days-pass-in-14-days-period-to-cover-kanto-region-nagano-and-niigata.html

      This pass covers JR train trip only. When you take a bus or non JR railway trains, you have to pay. I recommend you to use 5-day coverage for day 2 (Haneda to Matsumoto), 4 (Matsumoto to Nagano), 5 (Joetsumyoko to Tokyo), 6 (Tokyo to Odawara) and 8 (Izu to Tokyo).

      When you do Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route trip, you will add Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket:
      http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/

      You will finish it at Toyama. But Toyama is outside coverage area of JR East Pass. You have to add the fare for Toyama to Joetsumyoko. Joetsumyoko is the border station of the coverage area. The extra fare is around 5,000 yen for Hokuriku Shinkansen seat fee and base fare. If you are okay to drop by Nagano from Toyama to Tokyo, you can leave your luggage at Nagano station and you can enjoy luggage free trip on Alpine route.

      You also can add Fuji Hakone Pass at Odawara:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html
      https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/fujihakone/

      For the rest of your trip, just add a regular fare ticket as you need.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,
        Thank you for your advise. However, I hv some further questions. One of your suggested date to use the
        JR East Pass Nagano Niigata is on day 8 (Izu to Tokyo) but day 8 is actually from Kawaguchiko to Izu. Do you actually mean to use it on day 9?
        Im also thinking whether I should rent a car on day 7 as I read it’s easier to go to Fuji Safari Park by car than bus. If I rent a car, would it better for me to buy the Hakone Free pass than Fuji Hakone pass? Also, if I’m planning to take the romancecar from Shinjuku by paying the surcharge on top of the Hakone Free pass, is the JR East Pass Nagano Niigata still worthwhile?
        I’m planning to stay in Shimoda and would like to seek your advise whether I should rent a car there or just take the public transport?
        Hope you don’t mind all these questions as I’m still not quite sure the better way to move around the various places that I hv planned.

        1. Hi CL san,

          That was my mistake. I meant to use it on day 9 from Izu to Tokyo.

          You may use rent-a-car to get Fuji. But as far as I know, if you use a car, you will rent it at Hakone-Yumoto. You will go through Hakone when you go to Fuji area. That means you can stop by many places in Hakone. Hakone Free Pass may not be required. But I haven’t driven in Japan for more than 20 years. I do not have any updated info about driving now.

          If you go for Hakone Free Pass and take romancecar, you still can use JR East Pass. As long as you will visit Nagano area, JR East pass is recommended.

          Rent-a-car is easier to get Shimoda from Kawaguchiko. So you may think about using rent-a-car from Hakone-Kawaguchiko-Shimoda.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Hope you’re doing great. Thanks for providing an informative itinerary for Mt Fuji and Hakone.

    I’m planning to visit Tokyo with my brother and my elderly parents (70+ years old). We’ll arrive at Narita Airport on 26th April @ 06:45, and our plan is to go to Mt Fuji and Hakone straight away for 3 days and 2 nights.

    Day 1: arrive in Fuji around noon time; cover option 2 and Chureito Pagoda
    Day 2: Fuji Shibazakura Festival in the morning; go to Hakone.
    Day 3: travel back to Shinjuku by Romancecar

    My questions:

    1. Does this plan seems feasible or is it recommended for us to purchase our Fuji Hakone pass first and travel to Fuji the next day?

    2. Does this pass covers the latest Fuji Kaiyu train? Or do we need to purchase the Fuji Kaiyu train ticket separately?

    3. Do you think we should stay in Fujikawaguchiko or Gotemba or Hakone? Should we spend both nights in one place or should we stay in different places? My concern is that we’ll bring our luggages there, so I’m not sure if there is any luggage storage area at the train station or do we have to carry the luggages everywhere if we were to change hotels.

    4. Is there any express pass that could reduce our waiting time queueing for the ropeway/gondola? (given that my parents are already 70+ years old and my mom has difficulty standing/walking for too long. And our visit will be during the Golden week if I’m not mistaken and the place will be crowded).

    Thanks in advance for your kind help 😉

    1. Hi Nina san,

      Fuji Hakone Pass is the best deal and highly recommended. However you have to keep the following things in your mind.

      1. Your plan is basically okay but day 1 may be a bit tight. Because you have to take an express bus from Shinjuku if you use Fuji Hakone Pass. You cannot take train option from Shinjuku. So you have to get Shinjuku from Narita first. You can take either Narita Express or Limousine bus.

      Both Limousine bus and express bus to Kawaguchiko arrive and depart at Shinjuku express bus terminal. Limousine bus is better option from Narita than train. However you have to get Fuji Hakone Pass at Odakyu railway Shinjuku station. The best option is that one of your group go to Shinjuku station and purchase Fuji Hakone Pass. The rest of your group stay in Shinjuku bus terminal. The bus terminal and the station are basically same location but Shinjuku station is quite big. Both Odakyu station and bus terminal is located near south exit.

      It takes about 2 hours from Narita to Shinjuku. And you may spend extra one hour at Shinjuku to purchase a pass. And you will spend 1.5 hour to get Kawaguchiko. You may not get there by noon. This is a reason why day 1 may be tight. I estimate you will spend 6 hours from the arrival time of Narita to arrival time at Kawaguchiko. I recommend you to visit only Chureito on day 1. Especially you will travel with elderly person.

      2. As I mentioned, you cannot get a train by Fuji Hakone Pass. It covers Fuji Kyuko railway local train in Kawaguchiko and surrounding area only.

      3. I recommend you to stay both Kawaguchiko and Hakone. Because Fuji Hakone Pass covers one way each of Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko and Shinjuku to Hakone. If you enter from Kawaguchiko, you have to leave from Hakone. If you exter from Hakone, you have to leave from Kawaguchiko.

      I don’t think that you cannot get even Gotemba from Kawaguchiko on day 1. So you have to stay in Kawaguchiko anyway on day 1. On day 2, you will visit the rest of places in Kawaguchiko. You can leave your luggage at your hotel. You can pick up it when you leave from Kawaguchiko. On day 2, you don’t have any time to see Hakone. So just move your luggage from Kawaguchiko to the hotel in Hakone. You don’t need to visit many places with luggage.

      On day 3, leave your luggage at the hotel in Hakone and you can visit the places in Hakone. You can pick up it when you leave Hakone.

      4. There is no express passes. Anyone have to wait for the line up. As you guess, it will be super busy. By the way, did you book a hotel? The hotel availability may be tight too and quite expensive.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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