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.

If you look for the itinerary to Hakone only, please see the link below:

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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.

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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!

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

  1. Good day Takeshi-san,
    Would appreciate your review and comment for my plan trip as per below. Is a 2 days trips to Mount Fuji and Hakone. Besides that would appreciate if you could suggest the public transport I should take for my trip below.
    1st day to Mount Fuji – From Shinjuku to Lake Kawaguchi and visit Mt. KachiKachi Ropeway and Lake Kawaguchi Cruise. Proceed to Gotemba Premium Outlet and travel back to Shinjuku.
    2nd day to Hakone – Places to visit Oshino-Hakkai and Togendai
    Between I am unable to stay at Hakone as I had already booked my hotel in Shinjuku for the whole trip hence all my destination will have to be traveled from Shinjuku. Thanking you in advance for your great help.

    1. Hi Ong san,

      You have to switch Oshino Hakkai and Gotemba outlet. Oshino Hakkai is closed to Lake Kawaguchi. Gotemba outlet is closed to Hakone. You can find all info in the links below:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi can i check if i give up gotemba outlet and add in oshino hakkai, is it still possible to make it to the hakone locations ?

    1. Hi Amos,

      It’s not impossible but you have to make an adjustment. 11:30 departure bus does not stop at Oshino-Hakkai. And the bus from Oshino-Hakkai does not go to Gotemba outlet. You have to change the buses at Gotemba station.

      Please see the links below to find the bus table to make your own trip itinerary.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/route/detail/id/1
      https://www.hakonenavi.jp/wp-content/themes/hakone/common/file/tozanbus.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    Thanks for the putting up the 1-day itinerary, I’m doing the opposite direction starting from Shinjuku to ropeway using the Limited Love train. After that from Hakone we heading off to Lake Kawaguchi by bus and staying a night at kawaguchi. What I’m puzzle is the trip from Hakone Ropeway to Kawaguchiko by bus I not sure what bus to take an were to take the bus from Hakone. You help will be much appreciated thank you

  4. Hello and thank you for posting such an interesting itinerary. We are travelling to Yokohama late September and were hoping to do a two night short getaway trip before going to Tokyo. Do you have any recommendations? We would love to see some of Mt Fuji, and enjoy nature, outdoors, lakes – when trying to find a trip from Yokohama, it seemed to take a long time to get to the lakes? Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Thank you
    Lin

    1. Hi Linda,

      You can go to Hakone only and you can see Mt. Fuji from Hakone. Please see the link below to find more info:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      Kamakura is closed to Yokohama and it is recommended to visit there as easy day trip:
      https://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

  5. My trip is the Reverse – I leave Miyajima on 13 October and arrive in Tokyo on 21 October. I wish to go via Takayama, Kanazawa (via Shirakawago), Tayama, Toyama, Alpine Route via Tateyama, Kurobe, stay in Murodo, Matsumoto and finally Tokyo.

    Could I please have the best train routes – I will have a 21-day JR Rail Pass.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Brigid,

      Your route is the following:

      Miyajima (local train) Hiroshima (Shinkansen) Shin-Osaka (Shinkansen) Nagoya (Limited Express Wide View Hida) Takayama
      Takayama (bus) Shirakawago (bus) Kanazawa
      *bus is not covered by JR pass.
      Kanazawa (Shinkansen) Toyama
      Toyama (Alpine route) Murodo (Alpine route) Shinano-Omachi (local train) Matsumoto
      *Alpine route between Toyama and Shinano-Omachi is not covered by JR Pass. You have to add Tateyama Kurobe option ticket.
      http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/
      Matsumoto (Limited Express Azusa) Shinjuku

      You may find some more info the in the links below:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/local-lines/how-to-get-miyajima.html
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-takayama-by-trains-and-buses.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/trip-report-of-tateyama-kurobe-alpine-route-from-toyama-to-nagano.html
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/limited-express-azusa-super-azusa-and-kaiji.html

      You cannot get the worth of 21 days pass by these trips. Actually you cannot get the worth of even 14 days pass. If you add some more trips before Miyajima and after Tokyo, it will be okay. But if you add small trips only, such as sightseeing in Tokyo, you may use a regular fare ticket. That will be cheaper.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Thank you so much for your help. I start in Tokyo on 25 Sept. I go on side trips to Kawaguchiko and Hakone. Then I take the train from Tokyo to Kyoto on 2 October – Kyoto to Osaka – to Koyasan -to Hiroshima – to Miyajima and from there to the Japanese Alps (as per your itinerary) to Matsumoto and finally back to Japan on 21 October – Fly from Narita to London on 22 October. This is why I think I need to get a 21-day JR Pass.

        Your comments will be most welcome please.

  6. Thank you for your itinerary from Tokyo to Hiroshima via Alpine Route.

    I could not find your reverse trip? I shall be leaving Miyajima on 13 October to go to Takayama, Kanazawa, Toyama, Tateyama, Kurobe, Alpine Route, Murodo, Matsumoto and finally Tokyo on 21 October.

    I do not know which trains to take and the ORDER of stops. Would appreciate your help.

  7. Hello!

    Thank you for this itinerary. I’m looking for suggestion for travelling on Late July.
    This is my itinerary
    Tokyo – Kawagoe – Hokuto (Akeno Sunflower Garden) – Fujikawaguchiko – Hakone – Yokohama – Tokyo

    I’ll spend a night on Fujikawaguchiko and start looking around next morning then Hakone on afternoon, spend another night Yokohama. Then back to Tokyo on afternoon/evening. Is it possible?

    So about 2.5 -3 days trip. Which one better to purchase, Fuji Hakone Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass?

    1. Hi Rissa,

      Your itinerary is feasible. I recommend you to use Fuji Hakone Pass Odawara version at 5,650 yen. You can find the info at the bottom of the link below:
      https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/fujihakone/

      You don’t need Shinjuku version of Fuji Hakone Pass because you will not use Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko and Odawara to Shinjuku.

      For other segments, regular fare is your choice. If you have Tokyo Wide Pass, these other segments are covered. But you cannot get the worth. If you want convenience, you can use it. But Tokyo wide pass is slightly more expensive than total fares.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi, I would like to include 5th station, Lake Ashi and Gotemba outlets in my day trip plan from Shinjuku. How should I start off. Thanks

  9. Hi Takeshi, takes for your great post. It seems like a breeze. But I’m really confused. I’m planning a trip from Shinjuku to
    1) Mount Fuji 5th station
    2) Ashi Pirate Ship
    3) Ropeway
    4) Gotemba Outlet

    Should I start by going Mount Fuji?
    Not sure where to get the pirate ship and where to the ropeway and back?

    Your help is much appreciated!!!

    1. Hi Chua,

      Please refer the links below. You will find the location of the places where you want to visit.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html
      https://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/traffic/transportation/

      If you are thinking about day trip to these four places, it’s impossible. I don’t include 5th station because it is too much for 1 day. If you have only one day, you have to give up one of these four places. If you can spend two days, you can make 2 x day trips. If you can stay overnight there, you can find the itinerary in the link below:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/fuji-and-hakone-two-days-trip-sample-itinerary-spring-version.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your fuji hakone 1 day trip itinerary.
    Does Fuji Hakone Pass also cover Odakyu Railway’s limited express train, “Romancecar” ticket? Because I saw in the Fuji Hakone Pass website, it state “A separate Limited Express Romancecar ticket is required to use the Romancecar”.

    Kindly need your confirmation. Thank you

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