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

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashi

Hakone is very popular spot. It is 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by train and bus. Many travelers want to visit there as day trip from Tokyo. Hakone is located on the way to Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya from Tokyo. You may add Hakone between Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya.

I have received many inquiries about the trip plan to Hakone. I would like to show you the various trip plans to Hakone. I hope you will find the trip plan which you need in this post.

Hakone day trip from Hakone-Yumoto to Hakone-Yumoto

Owakudani is one of most popular spots in Hakone.

First of all, I would like to show you the sample itinerary of Hakone part only. This sample itinerary is starting from Hakone-Yumoto and finish at Hakone-Yumoto. You can add on the sample itinerary of Tokyo/Yokohama to Hakone-Yumoto on this Hakone sample itinerary which I will explain later. And you will complete to build your trip plan.

Hakone Free Pass

Hakone Free Pass covers whole part of trip in Hakone. You should have this pass for sightseeing in Hakone. You can purchase Hakone Free Pass at most of stations on Odakyu Railway, such as Shinjuku, Odawara, Hakone-Yumoto. And also you can get this pass at most of information center in Hakone, such as Togendai, Motohakone. Please refer the link below to find the detailed information about Hakone Free Pass.

Hakone Free Pass official site

Minimum duration of Hakone Free Pass is 2 days. However you can get the worth of it by day trip easily.

I will tell you later which station you should purchase Hakone Free Pass.

Basic sample itinerary from Hakone-Yumoto to Hakone-Yumoto

Hakone-Yumoto is one of the biggest town in Hakone. This place is also the gateway to the core of Hakone. You start your trip in Hakone from Hakone-Yumoto if you start your trip from Tokyo or Yokohama.

Basic itinerary route (Click to view large)

Hakone-Yumoto (36 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Chokoku no Mori

Visit Hakone Open-Air Museum (1 to 1.5 hours)

Chokoku no Mori (2 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Gora (10 minutes by Hakone Tozan Cable Car) Sounzan (Trip time 8 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani

Walking in Owakudani (1 hour)

Owakudani (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Togendai

Lunch time at Togendai (1.5 hour)

Togendai port (30 minutes by Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) Motohakone port (10 minutes walk) Hakone Shrine

Visit Hakone Shrine and walk around the shore of Lake Ashi (1 hour)

Hakone Shrine (10 minutes walk) Hakone-Jinjamae bus stop (40 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Hakone-Yumoto

Total trip time of Hakone-Yumoto to Hakone-Yumoto is around 8 hours. You may shrink the trip time. The last train departure time is varied by your access from Tokyo. But most of trains run until late. I will tell you later but you can eat dinner at Hakone-Yumoto. You also have time to take Onsen bath at Hakone-Yumoto too even if you spend 8 hours for sightseeing.

You can take the reverse route, visiting Hakone shrine first. It is less crowded. However when the weather is good, Mt. Fuji show up just in front of you when you are on Hakone Ropeway. It is very dramatic and you will be amazed.

Sample itinerary including Gotemba Outlet from Hakone-Yumoto to Hakone-Yumoto

The above itinerary does not include Gotemba Outlet. If you want to shop at Gotemba Outlet, you have to give up some places. You may remove Hakone Open-Air Museum to make some extra time.

Gotemba outlet is added. You do not ride Hakone Cable Car and Hakone Ropeway between Sounzan and Owakudani. (Click to view large)

Hakone-Yumoto (38 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Gora (1 hour 10 minutes) Gotemba Outlet

Shop at Gotemba Outlet (2 hours)

Gotemba Outlet (36 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Sengoku-Annaijo (13 minutes by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus) Togendai

Lunch time at Togendai (1.5 hour)

Togendai (Trip time 16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani

Walking in Owakudani (1 hour)

Owakudani (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Togendai / Togendai port (30 minutes by Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) Motohakone port (10 minutes walk) Hakone Shrine

Visit Hakone Shrine and walk around the shore of Lake Ashi (1 hour)

Hakone Shrine (10 minutes walk) Hakone-Jinjamae bus stop (40 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Hakone-Yumoto

This plan is around 10.5 to 11 hours total trip time. It is much longer than the first base plan but it is still feasible. If you want to have lots of time to eat and take Onsen at the of the trip in Hakone-Yumoto, you may remove Hakone-Shrine too.

Some of you are looking for overnight stay in Hakone. I would like to show you 2 days sample itinerary too.

Extend to two days trip in Hakone

I showed day trip itinerary. But if you can stay overnight in Hakone, your trip is much slower and easier to manage. And also you can visit many more places in Hakone. In my sample itinerary, I combine these above two day trip itinerary and add some more spots.

Day 1 schedule (left) / Day 2 schedule (right) (Click to view large)

Day 1

Hakone-Yumoto (38 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Gora (10 minutes by Hakone Tozan Cable Car) Sounzan (Trip time 8 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Owakudani

Walking in Owakudani (1 hour)

Owakudani (16 minutes by Hakone Ropeway) Togendai

Lunch time at Togendai (1.5 hour)

Togendai port (35 minutes by Hakone Sightseeing Cruise) Hakonemachi port (5 minutes by walk) Hakone Check Point

Visit Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Check Point) (30 minutes)

Hakone Check Point (10 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Hakone-Jinja-Iriguchi bus stop (10 minutes walk) Hakone Shrine

Visit Hakone Shrine and walk around the shore of Lake Ashi (1 hour)

Hakone Shrine (10 minutes walk) Hakone-Jinja-Iriguchi bus stop (40 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Hakone-Yumoto

Day 2

Hakone-Yumoto (36 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Chokoku no Mori

Visit Hakone Open-Air Museum (1 to 1.5 hours)

Chokoku no Mori (2 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Gora

Visit Gora Park (30 minutes)

Gora (20 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Hakone Glass no Mori

Visit Hakone Glass no Mori Museum (1 to 1.5 hours)

Hakone Glass no Mori (50 minutes) Gotemba Outlet

Shop and Lunch at Gotemba Outlet (As much as you want)

Gotemba Outlet (1 hour 20 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus) Gora (38 minutes by Hakone Tozan Railway) Hakone-Yumoto
*Some express bus services are available between Outlet and Hakone-Yumoto. If you can catch it, it takes one hour and no change train/bus at Gora.

This is just a sample. You can arrange whatever you want. Of course you can switch day 1 and 2.

You can stay overnight anywhere in Hakone. But Hakone-Yumoto is most recommended. You can leave your luggage until you leave Hakone on day 2. Hakone-Yumoto is connected with Shinjuku by Odakyu Railway Romancecar. It is a few stations away from Odawara. It is most convenient place in Hakone.

Now I would like to talk about the access to Hakone.

Access to Hakone-Yumoto from Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Haneda airport

Access route to Hakone-Yumoto from Tokyo and Yokohama area. (Click to view large)

You may get Hakone from many stations in Tokyo area. There are several routes to get Hakone. Before choosing the route, you have to make sure which pass you use or do not intend to use any passes. The route is varied by the pass. I would like to show you the best and most cost effective way.

Access to Hakone from Tokyo by JR Pass

Tokaido Shinkansen
Shinkansen is as known as Bullet train.

If you have JR pass, you can take Shinkansen from Tokyo or Shinagawa to Odawara. This Shinkansen ride is covered by JR pass.

Japan Rail Pass user guide. How to use JR Pass to its maximum

Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Most popular train to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata from Tokyo

If you stay in other than Tokyo or Shinagawa stations, you can use JR pass to take JR local train, such as Yamanote line to get these stations.

Guide to take trains in Tokyo. How to choose the best deal and the best route by train to get the major spots?

In this trip, you purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara station and change trains at Odawara.

Both Odakyu Railway and JR Odawara stations are located side by side.

JR pass does not help any rides after Odawara. Please see the link below to find more information about Odawara station.

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

Tokyo or Shinagawa (About 40 minutes by Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari or Kodama) Odawara

Purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara station. Two days pass is 4,000 yen. One day pass is not available. Even if you have one day trip, two days pass is still cheaper than regular fare.

Odawara (15 minutes by Odakyu Railway) Hakone-Yumoto

After arriving at Hakone-Yumoto, follow the sample itinerary of Hakone above.

The last Shinkansen train to Tokyo depart from Odawara at 22:51. Actually there is one more local train from Odawara later than this train which is departing from Odawara at 23:10. So you can stay Hakone-Yumoto until late night. Please see the links below to find Odakyu railway and Shinkansen timetable:

Odakyu Railway / Hakone Tozan Railway (Gora – Hakone Yumoto – Odawara)
Shinkansen timetable (from Tokyo / Shinagawa)
Shinkansen timetable (to Tokyo / Shinagawa)

Access to Hakone from Yokohama by JR Pass

If you have JR pass, Shinkansen ride is covered as I mentioned above. But Shinkansen station in Yokohama is Shin-Yokohama. It is about 20 minutes away from Yokohama by JR local train. It takes 10 minutes by Yokohama city subway but subway is not covered by JR pass. And also you spend at least 10 minutes to transfer at Shin-Yokohama. Shinkansen is not the best way from Yokohama to Odawara even though JR pass covers it. I recommend you to take Limited Express Odoriko from Yokohama to Odawara. Limited Express Super View Odoriko runs on same route and has nice interior, but this train does not stop at Odawara. Limited Express Odoriko is covered by JR pass and you can get Odawara directly. Access to Shin-Yokohama is not required.

Access to Izu and Atami from Tokyo/Yokohama. Limited Express Odoriko / Super View Odoriko

In this trip, you purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara station. JR pass does not help any rides after Odawara.

Yokohama (About 40 minutes by Limited Express Odoriko) Odawara

Purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara station. Two days pass is 4,000 yen. One day pass is not available. Even if you have one day trip, two days pass is still cheaper than regular fare.

Odawara (Trip time 15 minutes by Odakyu Railway) Hakone-Yumoto

After arriving at Hakone-Yumoto, follow the sample itinerary of Hakone above.

It is hard to catch Odoriko on the way back. Because the last scheduled Odoriko leave from Odawara before 17:00. There are some more seasonal operation’s Odoriko running after 17:00. You may catch one of those trains. Please find the timetable in the links below:

Odakyu Railway / Hakone Tozan Railway (Gora – Hakone Yumoto – Odawara)
Odoriko / Super View Odoriko (to Odawara)
Odoriko / Super View Odoriko (from Odawara)

If you cannot take any Odoriko, you can catch an ordinary train. These trains are called Tokyo-Ueno line.

Train to Shonan, Odawara and Atami with no surcharge from Tokyo. Rapid train on Tokaido line

This is a sort of commute trains. Do not expect a nice comfort seat. It has a long bench seat. You may have to stand up. This train runs very frequently until 23:00. It depart from Odawara station every 10 to 20 minutes. You do not need to check the timetable. Just go to Odawara station and check the departure information board.

Most of ordinary train have green seat. If you use JR Pass Green, it is covered. The seat is much better than regular seat.

Green seat is quieter, more specious and more comfortable.
Ordinary seat is just for commuters. It is empty in the photo but in most of times, it is busy. You may need to stand up.

Even if you do not use Green pass, you can pay some extra to take this seat. The extra fee is starting from 570 yen. It is varied by the day (weekday or weekend) and the distance.

If you do not want to take an ordinary train, you can take Shinkansen. But you need to change trains at Shin-Yokohama station. Trip time may be longer.

Access to Hakone from Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama by JR East Pass or Tokyo Wide Pass

You may think using Tokyo Wide Pass or JR East Pass.

Tokyo Wide Pass is newer version of Kanto Area Pass. Nikko, Fuji, Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba are covered by this pass

JR East Pass Niigata and Nagano. Flex 5 days pass in 14 days period to cover Kanto region, Nagano and Niigata

JR East Pass Tohoku. Flex 5 days pass in 14 days period to cover Tokyo, surrounding area of Tokyo and Tohoku region

These passes are issued by JR East. Shinkansen between Tokyo and Odawara belongs to JR Central. It is same JR group but it is technically different company from JR East. That is why these passes do not cover Shinkansen between Tokyo and Odawara. The choice for these passes is same as above which is Limited Express Odoriko. You can catch Odoriko at Tokyo or Shinagawa.

Tokyo, Shinagawa, Yokohama (About 40 to 60 minutes by Limited Express Odoriko) Odawara

Purchase Hakone Free Pass at Odawara station. Two days pass is 4,000 yen. One day pass is not available. Even if you have one day trip, two days pass is still cheaper than regular fare.

Odawara (Trip time 15 minutes by Odakyu Railway) Hakone-Yumoto

After arriving at Hakone-Yumoto, follow the sample itinerary of Hakone above.

On the way back to Tokyo, you can use same way as the chapter above, “Access to Hakone from Yokohama by JR Pass”.

Access to Hakone from Shinjuku by Odakyu Railway

Platform in Hakone-Yumoto station. It is small station. You can find the track where you need to go to easily.

If you do not use JR Pass, JR East Pass, Tokyo Wide Pass or any other JR deals, you can simply start to use Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku. Odakyu Railway connects Shinjuku and Hakone-Yumoto. If you pay extra on top of Hakone Free Pass to take limited express train, “Romancecar”, you can get Hakone-Yumoto directly. Transfer at Odawara station is not required. You can find how much limited express surcharge is in the link below:

Odakyu Railway – Romancecar surcharge

Ticket fare is included in Hakone Free Pass. You just requires limited express surcharge on top of Hakone Free Pass. If you take Romancecar from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto, extra cost is 890 yen for one way.

If you want to save your budget, you can take ordinary train. Odakyu Railway operates a few kinds of ordinary trains. Rapid Express is the fastest train in all ordinary trains. You can take this train by Hakone Free Pass without any extra. However you need to change trains at Odawara station. You cannot get Hakone-Yumoto directly. In Odawara station, you just need to change to a local train to Hakone-Yumoto. You do not need to exit the station because you already have Hakone Free Pass.

Trip time is also different between Romancecar and Rapid train.

By Romancecar
Shinjuku (Trip time 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes) Hakone-Yumoto

By ordinary trains (rapid Express and local train)
Shinjuku (Trip time 1.5 hours) Odawara (Trip time 15 minutes) + transfer time in Odawara station

Train connection is very smooth at Odawara station. You usually spend around 10 minutes. You do not spend many minutes to transfer at Odawara station. Roughly speaking, the trip time difference between Romancecar and ordinary trains is around 30 minutes.

Accommodation is very different. Rapid Express is a sort of commute trains. You may need to stand up.

Interior of ordinary train. Train may be more crowded when you are on board.

Romancecar offers nice comfortable seat. All seats are reserved.

Interior of Romancecar

Romancecar is the best way to get Hakone in my opinion.

Access to Hakone from Tokyo, Yokohama and Haneda airport by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus

If you do not use any passes, express bus is your choice too. This bus takes you to many places in Hakone directly. Please see the link below to find the information:

Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus

Especially if you arrive in Haneda and access to Hakone right after arrival, this express bus is most convenient way. You can get Hakone-Yumoto directly.

Most routes of this express bus is NOT covered by Hakone Free Pass. Hakone Free Pass covers only the route in Hakone, such as Gotemba to Togendai segment.

Hakone Free Pass is sold at many places in Hakone, such as Hakone-Yumoto station, Hakone Tozan Bus Togendai info booth, Motohakone info both.

How to add Hakone between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya

The gateway to Odawara is located between Tokyo and Nagoya. You can drop by Hakone on the way or way back. You also can access to Hakone from Mishima too. I would like to show several ways to get Hakone between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya.

Tokyo to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka with stop at Odawara or Mishima by JR pass

As I wrote above, you can access to Odawara by Shinkansen. Shinkansen connects Tokyo, Odawara, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka. It is quite easy to squeeze. Actually you can access to Hakone from Mishima.

Mishima or Odawara is the gateway to Hakone. (Click to view large)

It is two stations closer to Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka than Odawara. If you intend to stay overnight around Lake Ashi, Mishima is more convenient than Odawara. You can get Hakone Free Pass at Mishima. Tokai Bus connects Mishima, Motohakone and Hakonemachi. Tokai Bus is fully covered by Hakone Free Pass too.

You can find some “Hikari” which is the faster train on Shinkansen line to stop at Odawara. You may get Odawara or Mishima from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka by this Hikari directly. Hikari is covered by JR pass fully. You take this type of Hikari from Tokyo or Shinagawa. But trip time is not much different by the slowest Shinkansen train “Kodama”.

Please see the link below to find Shinkansen timetable:
Eastbound (To Tokyo, Shinagawa and Shin-Yokohama)
Westbound (To Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka)

Yokohama to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka with stop at Odawara or Mishima by JR Pass

Ordinary train may be faster than Shinkansen route to Yokohama. (Click to view large)

As I mentioned above, trains on the ordinary line, like Limited Express Odoriko, Tokyo-Ueno line are faster and more convenient in most of cases. You can take Shinkansen between Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka and Mishima or Odawara. But I recommend you take Limited Express Odoriko or Tokyo-Ueno line. Of course, if you want, you can take Shinkansen between Odawara and Shin-Yokohama, and then take Yokohama line local or rapid train from Shin-Yokohama to Yokohama.

Tokyo to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka with stop at Odawara or Mishima by regular ticket

If you do not use JR pass, you can take any trains. Odakyu Railway is most convenient if you stay in west side of downtown, such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro. You can take Odakyu railway between Shinjuku and Hakone-Yumoto.

Odakyu Railway Romancecar offers direct service between Tokyo and Hakone-Yumoto. (Click to view large)

You may take Shinkansen anyway between Odawara (or Mishima) and Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka. You need the following tickets and deal:

Odakyu Railway base fare ticket for Shinjuku to/from Odawara (and Romancecar surcharge if you want to take Romancecar)
Hakone Free Pass (Odawara departure)
JR base fare ticket and Shinkansen seat fee ticket for Odawara (or Mishima) to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka

All fares and train timetables can be found at Hyperdia:

Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

If you stay in east side of downtown Tokyo, such as Ueno, Tokyo, Shinagawa, you may take same route as JR pass. You can take Shinkansen from Tokyo or Shinagawa to Odawara. In this case, you can use same base fare ticket for Tokyo to Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka. You can make a stopover at Odawara. But you need Shinkansen seat fee ticket for each segment, Tokyo to Odawara and Odawara to Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka. You can find more information in the link below:

For non JR pass travellers. Guide to use JR single ticket, basic rules, validity and stopover

I hope this post helps you to build your trip plan to Hakone.

26 thoughts on “How to build the trip plan to Hakone. Various sample itineraries of Hakone”

  1. Hi, Takeshi-san,

    I am planning to go Japan on 10-24 Dec 2018.

    I will be staying at Shinjuku for 1 night and on 11 Dec to collect the Hakone free pass at Shinjuku station.
    From Shinjuku station, I will be travelling as the following itnerary :
    10 Dec – Shinjuku
    11 Dec – 14 Dec staying at Maihama station area (Disneyland & Sea)
    14 Dec – Depart from Maihama station and go to Hakone (day 1), stay 1 night at Hakone
    15 Dec : Hakone Day 2 and visit Gotemba and back to Tokyo
    16 Dec : Mt Takao day trip
    17-18 Dec : Tokyo Town area (Shinjuku/Shibuya/Tokyo stn)
    19 Dec : Yokohama (Day trip), stay Shinjuku
    20 Dec – Tokyo town area
    21 Dec – Jogashima (1 day trip)
    22 Dec – Odaiba
    23 Dec – Ueno
    24 Dec – Depart Japan

    1. Do I need to buy any JR pass/Tokyo wide pass?
    2. Or is it better to buy Seishun 18 Kippu?
    2. Is the itinerary viable or any amendment or change needed?

    Thank you in adv for your help.
    Jane

    1. Hi Jane san,

      Your itinerary looks good. You may keep this.

      I don’t think you can get the worth of any passes. JR Pass is too expensive. You cannot get the worth of even Tokyo Wide Pass or Seishun 18 kippu. You may use Tokyo Subway Ticket for staying in Tokyo.
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/travel/index.html

      If you arrive in Haneda or Narita, combo deal (access airport and subway ticket) is available:
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

      For trip to Yokohama, please check the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/yokohama-and-kamakura-access-guide-find-the-right-deal-and-route-from-your-place-to-stay.html

      For trip to Jogashima, if you are interested in Maguro (tuna) meal, you can use Misaki Maguro Day Trip Ticket.
      http://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/info/discountticket.html

      Otherwise you may use Suica or Pasmo instead of using a regular ticket:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/what-is-ic-card-suica-icoca-pasmo-how-to-use-these-cards.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi-San,

        Thank you so much for your advice.

        What is your opinion on combining Yokohama and Jogashima to 2 days trip and stay at Yokohama or back and forth Shinkuju for these 2 areas?

        Thanks again for your help.

        Regards,
        Jane

        1. Hi Jane,

          You can do it. But Yokohama is only 30 minutes away from Shinjuku or Tokyo by JR train rapid train. If you want to stay in same place as much as you want and avoid to take trains with luggage, you may stay in Tokyo and make two day trip. If you want to stay in different place, you can stay in Yokohama too. It’s totally up to you.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello Takeshi

    My family of 8 members will be arriving Japan for 14 days trip –

    13 Dec – Arrive Narita airport in the morning 7.30am, staying at the area of Ohara, Setagaya for 4 nights

    17 Dec – Leaving for Hakone for 3 days 2 nights, staying near Hakone Yumoto Station. We opt for Romancecar from Shinjuku. We will be leaving for Nagoya on 19 Dec at 3.33pm, not sure should I buy 2 or 3 days Hakone Free Pass. Please advise

    19 Dec – Nagoya for 4 nights and staying near the area of Nakamura Koen Station. Places to visit Nara, Kiso Valley etc…..and may be Kyoto (or we will do it when we are in Osaka)

    23 Dec – Arriving Osaka for 3 nights and staying around the area of Daikoku, Naniwa-Ku area

    26 Dec – Morning flight at 9.55am to Kansai Int Airport to fly home

    For the above itineraries, is it worth to get a 7 days JR Pass and if so, which day to start? Or any Pass that you can recommend for my itineraries?

    Grateful for your advice.

    1. Hi Amy,

      First of all, trip to Nara from Nagoya is not a good idea. It’s 45 minutes away from Kyoto or Osaka. Trip to Kyoto from Osaka is easier than from Nagoya too. You should visit these places from Osaka. And then shorten staying in Nagoya and extend staying in Osaka because if you have two days trip from Osaka to Kyoto/Nara, you don’t have enough time to see Osaka.

      If you cannot extend staying in Osaka and you really need to visit Kyoto and Nara from Nagoya, JR Pass is your option. Because you will take Shinkansen between Nagoya and Kyoto twice. You can get the worth of it. If you use JR pass, you can start using on December 19th. You can take subway and Nankai railway deal from Daikokucho to KIX.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      If you visit somewhere in Hakone on 19th, 3 days Hakone free pass is recommended. If you use 2 days pass, you have to pay a regular fare for Hakone-Yumoto to Odawara which is 310 yen. If you have Hakone Free Pass, it’s covered. And the difference between 2 days pass and 3 days pass is only 500 yen. 3 days is better choice.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi

            Refer to earlier enquiry on 5 Aug, would like to find out further for my stay in Tokyo and moving around Tokyo before leaving for Hakone/Nagoya/Osaka, should I buy Tokyo Subway Ticket only or I should have both Tokyo Subway Ticket and Suica? In your post you have mentioned ICOCA can add on other passes in Nagoya and Osaka… I am still blur about it whether Suica can do the same like ICOCA. Kindly advise.
            Regards
            Amy

            1. Hi Amy,

              Subway covers most part of downtown Tokyo. Please see the link below:
              https://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

              If you need to ride other than subway lots, such as travel to Odaiba, Suica may help your trip. If you have Suica, you don’t need ICOCA. You can use Suica in Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and other major cities. Please see the link below:
              https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/what-is-ic-card-suica-icoca-pasmo-how-to-use-these-cards.html

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. HI Takeshi,

    we plan to spend 6 days in tokyo end of june, we want to visit mt fuji, Gotemba premium outlet, and disneysea. Should i get tokyo wide pass?

    We arrived in the evening in Narita, is it recommended to use the pass next morning (Day2), or should i use it immediately from airport to my hotel in higashi shinjuku?

    Let say if i use the tokyo wide pass from day1 to 3, what should i use for day4-6 if we just travel around tokyo and finally back to narita?

    thanks for your advice

  4. Hello, it is my first time in Japan with 3 young children and I am thinking of taking the Romance Car to Hakone. I wish to take the Hakone Ropeway for sightseeing only and then go to Gotemba outlet. We will then return to Shinjuku from Gotemba. May I know if this is possible?

  5. Dear Takeshi San.
    We have some question for you:
    1. If we buy JR Pass for one week while we arrive Narita and
    We will arrive Narita 4th July.
    Leave Narita 13rd July.
    Is it possible use JR Pass on 6th July until 13rd July?
    2. Can we use JR Pass from Tokyo to Osaka by Shinkansen for 4 trips?
    3. If we have 2 days to go to Mount Fuji and Hakone, would you show us how to manage this.
    And sich better place for us to atau over night? according to budget?
    Your guidance will help us.
    Best regards…

  6. Hi Takeshi San,

    I need some some advice and guidance from you. It will be our first visit to Japan from 21-31 Jul 2018. 2 adults and 1 infant. We will reach Haneda Airport at 4pm. My intention was to visit Mount Fuji to spend 2-3 nights then spend rest of nights in Tokyo.

    1. As we are reaching at 4pm, is the last Odakyu direct bus from Haneda to Hakone at 4.20pm? Do you think we can make it?

    2. If we are unable to catch that last direct bus, what other fast and cheap way we should use?

  7. Hello Takeshi-san,

    I am planning a trip to Mt Fuji from Osama. Below is my itinerary:

    31 Mar – Travel from Osaka to Kawaguchiko
    Visit Lake Kawaguchi and Chureito Pagoda
    01 Apr – Visit Hakone
    02 Apr – Travel from Kawaguchiko to Ikebukuro, Tokyo

    What pass should i get and where can i buy the shinkansen ticket?

    Thank you.

  8. Hello, Mr Takeshi,

    I am JL. Sorry to bother you again. I would like to ask you 2 questions. I am going on a day trip to Hakone.

    1) I’ll be using my JR Pass from Shinjuku to Odawara on 3rd Mar 2018, and would like to take the 8.04am Shinjuku JR to Odawara station via Shinagawa station. May I know the tranfer at Shinagawa staion @ 08:23 to SHINKANSEN KODAMA 639 @ 08:34, is the walking to the train far apart from each other? Do I have to reserve the seats? From Odawara station, I shall purchase the Hakone Free Pass @ 4000yen, am I right?

    2) My friends do not have JR Pass. They will buy Hakone Free Pass directly from Shinjuku Station. My question is, should I follow them to purchase from Shinjuku instead and not using my JR Pass. Is it worth for me or am I paying even more? If for the case that I use JR Pass to Odawara station, and they purchase directly from Shinjuku, will we be able to explore Hakone together once we get there?

    Hope my question won’t confuse you. Thank you for your kind help.

    Best Regards
    JL

    1. Hi JL,

      1. You can make it in 11 minutes.
      REservation is not required to take Kodama because it has lots of non reserved seat. Of course you can book if you want. If you want to book a seat, you may book it in advance at Shinjuku or other stations.

      2. If you want to travel with your friend from the beginning to the end, you should purchase Hakone free pass. If you add some more fares to take Romancecar, you can get Hakone-Yumoto directly from Shinjuku. It’s more convenient.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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