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

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Odawara is the gateway to the one of most well known Onsen resort, Hakone. If you take JR trains, you have to change the trains to Hakone at this station, Odawara. Odawara station is not a mega terminal station. But there is JR Tokaido line, Shinkansen and Odakyu/Hakone Tozan Railway. It may make you be confused.

In this post, I show you many images of all transfer exit, ticket gates and platforms. You will find how to transfer the train at this station, Odawara.

Station structure, tracks and platforms

Please see the map below.

Odawara station map (click to enlarge)
Odawara station map (click to view large)

You also can get a map at JR East official site (English).

At Odawara station, there are four railway companies, Izu-Hakone Railway Daiyuzan line, JR Tokaido line, Odakyu / Hakone Tozan Railway, and JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Most of you do not need to take Izu-Hakone Railway Daiyuzan line. This railway actually does not go either Hakone and Izu. I explain for other three railways in this post because Izu-Hakone Railway is a commute line for locals.

* Strictly speaking, Odakyu Railway and Hakone Tozan Railway are the different railway companies. However Odakyu Railway is the parent company of Hakone Tozan Railway. And the segment between Odawara and Hakone-Yumoto belongs to Hakone Tozan Raliway. However all trains are operated by Odakyu Railway’s fleets. So you can think Odakyu and Hakone Tozan Railway are the same company.

On the ground floor, there are Tokaido line platforms, Odakyu / Hakone Tozan Railway platforms and Shinkansen exit/ticket gate. Both JR Tokaido line and Odakyu exits/ticket gates are located at the overpass. All exits/ticket gates are connected the overpass. You can find the overpass to be shown by white shade in the station map above.

Only Shinkansen’s platform is located at overhead.

All platforms and tracks of Odawara station are the following:

Track#Lines/TrainsDestination
1,2Izu-Hakone Railway Daiyuzan lineDaiyuzan
3,4JR Tokaido lineAtami, Ito, Numazu
5,6JR Tokaido line
Shonan-Shinjku line
Tokyo, Yokohama, Shinjuku
7,11Odakyu
Hakone Tozan Railway
Hakone-Yumoto, Gora
9,10OdakyuShinjuku
13The Tokaido ShinkansenNagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka
14The Tokaido ShinkansenTokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama

Ticket gate/Exit

As you saw the map above, all railways have one ticket gate/exit. And there is Shinkansen transfer gate between Shinkansen and JR Tokaido line. If you transfer between JR trains and Shinkansen, you can go through this gate. You do not have to exit the gate. Because you can use one same base fare ticket for both JR trains and Shinkansen. If you use JR Pass, you can show your pass to the staff at the gate.

However if you go to Hakone, you have to get on Odakyu/Hakone Tozan Railway. In this case, you have to exit and then enter Odakyu railway platform.

I explain you how to change the trains at Odawara station.

How to transfer from the Shinkansen to Odakyu Railway / Hakone Tozan Railway

I show you several photos and explain step by step. It is not far and very easy to transfer.

First of all, when you get off Shinkansen just follow the sign to exit and go down the stairs, escalators or elevators.

(C) Odawara Staton JR Tokaido Shinkansen - photo by Araishohei
(C) Odawara Staton JR Tokaido Shinkansen – photo by Araishohei

You will see Shinkansen exit.

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When you exit Shinkansen gate, you will see the concourse.

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You will find the stairs and escalators on your right hand side.

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The view from the downstairs to upstairs.
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The view from the upstairs to downstairs.

Proceed to upstairs and you will find Odakyu and Hakone Tozan Railway’s ticket gate right after you get upstairs.

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How to transfer from JR Tokaido and Shonan Shinjuku line to Odakyu / Hakone Tozan Railway

Go upstairs from the platform and you will find ticket gate. There is a big lentern above.

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Proceed to the left on the concourse.

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And you will get Odakyu / Hakone Tozan Railway’s ticket gate soon.

Odakyu / Hakone Tozan Railway’s Odawara station

Some of you want to purchase the Odakyu Railway’s ticket or Hakone Free Pass. There is Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center just beside Odakyu Railway’s ticket gate. You can purchase these tickets/passes. You can book Odakyu’s limited express “Romancecar” here.

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After you go through ticket gate, you will the signage above.

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And also there are lots of sign of “To Hakone” and “Hakone Tozan Railway”. All you have to do is just following these sign.

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You will find the train that goes to Hakone-Yumoto.

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If you take Romancecar from Odakyu Shinjuku, the train goes to Hakone-Yumoto directly. You don’t need to transfer at Odawara. But if you take local train, you have to transfer to Hakone-Yumoto. There is no direct trains from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto other than Romancecar.

How to transfer from Shinkansen to JR Tokaido and Shonan Shinjuku line

In this case, you don’t need to exit. You may proceed Shinkansen transfer gate.

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And you will go through connection path and get in the station of Tokaido / Shonan-Shijuku line station.

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It’s shown by Orange shade in the station map above.

Connection time

If you just transfer the trains, you can make it in 10 minutes. However if you need to purchase a ticket or pass, you have to add 10 more minutes at least. In the peak season, Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center is busy. It may take 15 minutes there. So give yourself a plenty of time.

142 thoughts on “Odawara station guide. How to transfer to the train to Hakone.”

  1. Hi Takeshi san,

    Is the Hakone Tozan Railway to Gora Stn is currently out of service? Do you have any advice on how to get to Gora?

    Also I plan to travel to Kyoto from Odawara Stn, is there a way to buy the ticket in advance and reserve the seat?

    Thanks you in advance!

    Cheers,

    Alvin

    1. Hi Alvin san,

      You can take a substitute bus. Please find more info in the link below:
      https://www.hakonenavi.jp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2dd659a9faf4064358ed174f633c3b0b.pdf

      If you don’t use any railway pass, such as JR pass for Kyoto to Odawara, you may be able to use Smart EX app to book a ticket online:
      https://smart-ex.jp/en/index.html

      Otherwise book a seat at most of JR stations. You can book it anytime after you arrive in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. I have a Jr rail pass. If I purchase a 2 day hakone free pass will it be easier and more savings to get from Shinjuku to hakone? Or is the jr rail pass sufficient and just buy ticket from odawara to hakone. Currently I think the hakone ropeway is closed and some buses closed so us it worth it to get hakone free pass.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Alysa,

      If you use Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku and add the limited express fee to take Romance car, you can get Hakone-Yumoto directly. This is the fastest and easiest way to get Hakone. But you cannot use JR pass at all to save the cost.

      If you use JR Pass, you have to go to Tokyo station from Shinjuku by Chuo line local train and take the Shinkansen to get Odawara. This is covered by JR pass, but you have to change the trains at Tokyo and Odawara.

      The price difference between Hakone Free Pass (Shinjuku) and Hakone Free Pass (Odawara) is 1,100 yen. But this does not include the limited express fee to take Romance car. It is 1,110 yen for one way. If you don’t add this, you can get Odawara by the ordinary express train. It is covered by Hakone Free Pass fully. But the train is a commute train and need to change trains at Odawara. There is no direct trains to get Hakone-Yumoto other than Romance car.

      So please think about the cost and the convenience. If you really care about the cost, try to JR pass to get Odawara. If you care about the convenience, you can use Hakone Free Pass + romance car seat fee. I don’t recommend you to use Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku without Romance car ride.

      You may find some more info about Hakone in the link below:
      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

  3. Hi,

    We are arriving at Odawara station from Hakone and then need to transfer to a Shinkansen Kodama train. Our train from Hakone gets in at 7:55pm, and our train to Osaka departs at 8:05pm.

    We will have tickets already. Is 10 minutes between trains enough time?

  4. Hello! Is it possible to store your luggage at Odawara Station while you visit Hakone? I am thinking of a rather large backpack and suitcase, so a locker will probably be too small. Thank you very much.

  5. Hi there, for the train ride on the Hakone Tozan line between hakone-yumoto station & Odawara station, can I pre-buy/reserve tickets? I am not planning to get the pass as I will only be staying locally around hakone-yumoto station.

    Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Alvo

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