How to access Hakone from Tokyo. Compare Japan Railway and Odakyu lines

Odakyu Railway's limited express train by 50000 series, Vault Super Express.
Odakyu Railway’s limited express train by 50000 series, Vault Super Express.

Most of travellers who stay in Tokyo think about visiting Hakone (箱根). It is only a few hours away from Tokyo. It is well known as one of the most popular hot springs resort in Japan. And also it is very close to the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji. But Hakone is not connected with Tokyo by Japan Railway. That means Japan Rail Pass cover limited part of your trip to Hakone. Odakyu Electric Railway (小田急電鉄) that is one of the major private railway companies in Tokyo and Highway bus are more convenient way to get there. Though Japan Rail Pass cover limited part of travel, some of you still think about using Japan Rail Pass as much as you can and try to minimize the extra cost.

In this post, I show you the regular fare to Hakone by Odakyu Electric Railways and the extra cost in case of using Japan Rail Pass. And also I would like to share the information about the discounted pass to Hakone.

To Hakone by Japan Rail Pass


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As you see the map above, you can go to Odawara (小田原) by Japan Railway. Shinkansen is the best way to get there from Tokyo. Odawara can be accessed from Tokyo, Shinagawa (品川) and Shin-Yokohama (新横浜) by Tokaido Shinkansen. But Shin-Yokohama station is away from downtown Yokohama. You can take limited express train Odoriko / Super View Odoriko from Yokohama. Even rapid train from Tokyo or Shinjuku can take you to Odawara. The time required to Odawara is the following:

  • Tokyo to Odawara by Tokaido Shinkansen “Kodama” (こだま) — 35 to 40 minutes
    *If you take Shinkansen from Shinagawa, the time required is 8 minutes shorter.
  • Yokohama to Odawara by limited express “Odoriko” (踊り子) — about 40 minutes.
    *If you depart from Yokohama, Odoriko is faster than Shinkansen because Shin-Yokokohama station on Shinkansen is 4 stations away from Yokohama station.

Hakone Tozan Railway is Japan’s only genuine mountain railway. ©Japan Convention Services, Inc./© JNTO

Now you need to take Hakone Tozan Railway (箱根登山鉄道) from Odawara to Hakone. Any Japan Railway’s trains go to Odawara beyond. You should expect minimum 15 minutes to change the trains at Odawara. The fare and the time required from Odawara are the following:

  • Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto (箱根湯本) — 300 yen / 14 minutes
    *When you go to further than Hakone-Yumoto, you need to change the train. There are no trains going through Hakone-Yumoto because the truck gauge is different. The time required for the following section do not include the time to change the train at Hakone-Yumoto. Usually you can catch the train within 5 minutes there. Hakone-Yumoto is a small station. A few minutes is enough to change the train.
  • Odawara to Miyanoshita (宮ノ下) — 560 yen / 39 minutes
  • Odawara to Kowakidani (小湧谷) — 600 yen / 44 minutes
  • Odawara to Chokoku no Mori (彫刻の森) — 650 yen / 47 minutes
  • Odawara to Gora (強羅) — 650 yen / 50 minutes

So if you take Japan Railway and Hakone Tozan Railway, the total expected time required is the following:
Tokyo/Yokohama to Hakone-Yumoto — about 1 hour 10 minutes / Need to transfer the trains once.
Tokyo/Yokhama to Gora — about about 1 hour and 40 minutes / Need to transfer the trains twice.

Interior of Odakyu Romancecar 50000 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Odakyu Electric Railway

Odakyu is more popular than Japan Railway to Hakone. Because Odakyu’s limited express train that is called “Romancecar” (ロマンスカー) is operated directly to Hakone-Yumoto from Shinjuku (新宿). This train has very nice accommodation. It is same level as Japan Railway’s limited express train.

The terminal station, Shinjuku may be more convenient than Tokyo station for some of you. Of course you don’t need to change the train at Odawara. And also some of Romancecar on weekend goes through Tokyo Metro Subway Chiyoda line (東京メトロ千代田線) to Kitasenju (北千住). You can catch the train directly to Hakone from Omotesando (表参道=near Shibuya), Kasumigaseki (霞ヶ関=near National Diet Building), Otemachi (大手町=close to JR Tokyo station) and Kitasenju. The fare and the trip time are the following:

  • Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto — 2,080 yen (basic fare 1,190 yen + limited express surcharge 890 yen) / 1 hour 25 minutes to 40 minutes

You can get a timetable and other details at Odakyu Electric Railway website.

Highway Bus

There are many Highway bus lines to Hakone. Japan Rail Pass do not cover any bus service to Hakone. But you can go to Hakone from Shinjuku, Haneda airport and Yokohama directly. Especially if you want to go to Togendai (桃源台) and Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) area, these bus services take you there directly. If you take the trains, either Japan Railway and Odakyu, you need to transfer at Hakone-Yumoto and Gora. The fare and the time required are the following:

  • Shinjuku station to Hakone-Togendai — 1950 yen / 2 hours 20 to 30 minutes
  • Haneda airport to Hakone-Togendai — 2200 yen / 2 hours and 40 to 50 minutes
  • Yokohama station to Hakone-Togendai — 1900 yen / 2 hours and 5 minutes
  • Haneda airport to Hakone-Yumoto — 1900 yen / 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • Yokohama station to Hakone-Yumoto — 1500 yen / 1 hours and 25 minutes

You can get the details at Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus PDF brochure (English/Chinese/Korean).

Discounted ticket

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

Hakone Freepass (箱根フリーパス)

If you take Odakyu train and stay in Hakone-Yumoto or Gora area, Hakone Freepass is very convenient. It includes round trip to Hakone by Odakyu train (limited express surcharge is not included), unlimited ride on Hakone Tozan Railway, bus service, cable car, ropeway and many more. If you depart from Shinjuku, the price is 5000 yen for 2 days and 5500 yen for 3 days. Please see the details here.

Day Pass Toko Toko ticket (とことこ切符)

This is a basic day pass. It gives you unlimited ride on Hakone Tozan Railway and Hakone Tozan Cablecar. You can go to Gora and Sounzan. But you need to pay when you go to Lake Ashi area.

Conclusion

In my opinion, using Hakone Freepass by Odakyu from Shinjuku is the best option. Even if you will use Japan Rail Pass, you need to think about not only the fare for Hakone Tozan Railway and also other transportation, such as cablecar, ropeway, bus, lake cruise. You will spend several thousand yen very quickly. I think 5000 yen for 2 days unlimited ride in Hakone is a great value.

513 thoughts on “How to access Hakone from Tokyo. Compare Japan Railway and Odakyu lines”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m going to Japan next year and trying to figure out whether its worth it to buy a 14 day JR pass.

    These are the big places we plan to go that I think are the most costly:
    – Narita to Tokyo Station
    – Tokyo Station to Makuhari Messe
    – Tokyo to Twin Ring Motegi (are you able to advise on the local buses from Utsunomiua Starion?)
    – Tokyo to Hakone (Gotemba Station)
    – Tokyo to Osaka
    – Osaka to various places such as Kyoto

    Is it worth it to get a 14 day pass? Or is it better to get a 7 day for the later part of the trip and a Tokyo wide pass for the first?

    Thanks in advance,
    Jo

    1. Hi Jo,

      First of all, 14 days pass is too expensive. In your trip plan, Tokyo to Osaka and round trip to Utsunomiya are most expensive trips. But total fare of these trips are still roughly 5000 yen lower than 7 days pass. You need to add other trips in 7 days period.

      Trip to Makuhari and trip to Kyoto from Osaka are not such big trips. It costs around 1000 yen to 1500 yen. But you may add these trips in 7 days period.

      Gotemna is not very accessible by train, even though you may use JR Pass.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      I don’t think you can put Narita to Tokyo in 7 days period. Please see the link below to find the info:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/narita/the-list-of-deals-for-access-to-downtown-tokyo-from-narita-airport.html

      Sorry but I don’t have any info about local bus to Twin Ring Motegi. I’m not familiar with this place.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks for the response.

        We have quite a gap inbetween the trip to Ustonomiya and Osaka, Kyoto etc.

        Our Utsunomiya trip is on day 5, while Osaka is from day 9 onwards.

        Is there a regional pass that could be used around Osaka, Kyoto and surrounding areas? Or is it cheaper just to pay the fair as we go once we get there?

        Thanks,
        Jo

        1. Hi Jo,

          As long as JR pass covers Utsunomiya trip and trip from Tokyo to Osaka, JR pass will work. So you may start using JR Pass 7 days on day 5 and it will cover until day 11. I think JR Pass covers part of the trip when you are in Osaka.

          JR pass does not cover Non JR trains. That means you need to pay for taking subway and city bus. Especially in Kyoto, you have to take city bus lots. Please see the link2 below to find the coverage in Osaka, Kyoto and other area surrounding Osaka. You may get the info about local deals in these links too.
          https://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
          https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
          https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
          https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kobe-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    I noticed from the site there is a new pass Hakone Kowaki-en Yunessun Hot Springs Coupon .Is this pass cover the Limited Express “Romancecar” as my day trip to Hakone only for Yunessun Hot Springs.

    Regards,
    Amy

  3. Hi takeshi,
    I am planning to visit japan on march 2017,
    I will be arriving at haneda airport and would like to go to miyanoshita station. However i wont be having a jr pass as after staying 1 night here, i will be staying at shinjuku area.
    Could you please tell me the fastest way to get to miyanoshita station?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Erick,

      If you take an express bus in the link below, you can get Hakone directly.
      http://hnd-bus.com/route/hakoneyumoto.html

      You can catch Hakone Tozan Railway train at Hakone Yumoto. It takes another 25 minutes to get Miyanoshita from Hakone Yumoto.

      If you cannot take this, you have to go to Shinagawa first. And then take Shinkansen to get Odawara. Please see the link below to find the route.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-get-hakone-from-tokyo-compare-japan-railway-and-odakyu-lines.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I am staying at Shinagawa and will go to Hakone. I do not have any JR pass. Is it better to travel to Shinjuku and take romance car + hakone pass combo or take Shinkansen to Odawara then buy the Hakone free pass there?

    Thanks/Regards
    Elynn

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        How about taking JR Tokaido Line from Shinagawa to Odawara? Cheaper than Shinkansen but i’m still unsure about the Hakone pass. Cos if i buy from Odawara the 3D pass is JPY4500

        1. Hi Elynn,

          I don’t recommend to take ordinary train to Odawara. Because one way fare to Odawara from Shinagawa is around 1300 yen. So round trip fare is around 2600 yen. And this ordinary train is commute train. Shinjuku departure Hakone free pass is only 1140 yen higher than Odawara departure. Even if you pay single fare for Shinagawa-Shinjuku, Hakone free pass from Shinjuku is way cheaper.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            Thanks for your prompt reply. My concern is that we are a group of 6 adults with 2 children and with luggages, i thought i wanted a straight-forward way from Shinagawa to Hakone. Not sure how easy is it to move from JR station.

          2. Hi Elynn,

            So you have to change the trains at least once at either Shinjuku or Odawara. Actually Odawara is easier than Shinjuku, but Shijuku route is cheaper. If you don’t mind the cost and want the convenience, Shinkansen (Shinagawa-Odawara) and Hakone Free Pass (from Odawara) is better choice. But the cost is much higher. One way fare from Shinagawa to Odawara by Shinkansen is around 3000 yen.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPrail

          3. Hi Elynn,

            Transfer time is usually 10 minutes. But Shinjuku station is most complicated station in Japan. Please see the link below to find the map. If you feel overwhelmed, you will have a hard time there.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          4. Hi Takeshi,

            Is Odakyu railway station within the Shinjuku JR station? Or i need to get out of station in order to take Odakyu romance car? And I’m trying to book romance car to Hakone. Do i need to book to and fro separately for romance car?

          5. Hi Elynn,

            It’s same place. As you saw the map, there is “Transfer Gate” between JR and Odakyu. If you purchase Hakone Free Pass in advance, you can go through this gate. If you don’t, I recommend you to go to Odakyu service center to purchase it.
            http://www.odakyu.jp/english/center/

            You will travel as group and intend to take romancecar to get Hakone. I recommend you to purchase Hakone Free Pass and book seats on romancecar in advance. If you book it before taking train, you may not be able to book seats together.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          6. Hi Takeshi,

            Thanks again. I already booked the romance car tickets, will buy the train ticket + Hakone free pass when i reach Japan. By the way, will there be chance the tickets will be sold out? I only intend to go Shinjuku and buy the day before I’m heading Hakone. Sidetrack, on my last day in Hakone, i intend to go to Gotemba Premium outlets, suppose i have a return train from Hakone-Yumoto to Shinjuku, but is there any way i can take it from Gotemba?

          7. Hi Elynn,

            Romancecar ticket may be sold out but base fare ticket and Hakone Free Pass never be sold out. As long as you have romancecar ticket, you will be fine.
            There is a bus to Shinjuku from Gotemba. (only bus to Shinjuku is applied. Other bus to Tokyo, Yokohama are not covered at all)
            http://www.odakyu-hakonehighway.co.jp/common/pdf/english.pdf

            You can take this bus by Hakone Free Pass + 870 yen extra. It’s not covered by Hakone Free Pass fully and this does not depart from Outlet. There is a bus to Shinjuku from outlet directly but this bus is not covered at all by Hakone Free Pass.
            http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/bus/

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          8. Hi Takeshi,

            What other options do I have to utilize the return train since I have the freepass? But my last destination would be ending at Gotemba outlets. Must the train be taken from Odawara? I read that from Gotemba to hakone-yumoto is 2hrs? So it doesn’t make sense I go take way

          9. Hi Elynn,

            You have to go back to Hakone-Yumoto if you want to use Hakone Free Pass only. Unfortunately there is no way to go back to Shinjuku from Gotemba directly.
            If you want to go back from Gotemba directly, you have to pay extra to take a bus as I mentioned in the previous reply. In this case, you can pay one way fare from Shinjuku to Odawara and purchase Hakone Free Pass (Odawara version). It’s 1140 yen cheaper than Shinjuku version. One way fare is 880 yen to Odawara and you can take a direct bus from outlet by regular fare. There is no other better options for you.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          10. Hi Takeshi,

            Suppos I purchase one way and I have romance ticket so I need to exchange my ticket at Odakyu service center before I take the train? For regular fare can I use suica card?

          11. Hi Elynn,

            If you book romancecar ticket online, you have to receive it at Odakyu service center.

            You can use Suica but if you use Suica, you have to tap when you exit the station. So you need to tap when you exit Hakone Yumoto. You need to pay for Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto even if you use Hakone Free Pass Odawara version. Otherwise you have to get off the train at Odawara and tap to exit and reenter Odawara station.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          12. Hi Takeshi,

            The transportation mode is getting more and more complicated for me to understand. -_-” But thank you a lot for answering all my questions.

            When u say ” you need to tap when you exit Hakone Yumoto. You need to pay for Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto even if you use Hakone Free Pass Odawara version”
            > Does it mean that i have to pay additional? By right with Hakone Free pass Odawara version i don’t need to pay?

            > Does the romance car stop at both Odawara and Hakone-Yumoto? Bcos i need to buy free pass at Odawara, so i alight and buy the pass instead of straight to Hakone-Yumoto. Is there no way to buy Odawara version free pass in Shinjuku?

          13. Hi Elynn,

            I have purchase Odawara version Hakone Free Pass at Shinjuku. I think you can purchase it. This Hakone Free Pass covers after Odawara.

            Regarding using Suica, you have to tap to enter the station and tap to exit. So if you use Suica, you have to exit station at Odawara even if you can purchase Hakone Free Pass Odawara version. But in this case, you have to give up direct train to Hakone Yumoto. It’s inconvenient but you need to do if you want to Suica. If you want to get Hakone Yumoto directly, you have to pay even Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto.

            But if you don’t use Suica and purchase regular ticket to Odawara, you can go to Hakone Yumoto directly and you don’t need to exit at Odawara.

            When you use Suica, you have to tap when you enter and exit station. This is a basic condition of Suica. Keep it in your mind.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          14. Hi Takeshi,

            As I’m traveling from Shinagawa to Shinjuku using suica, in this case I still need to exit and re-enter right? But if I purchase a regular one way ticket beforehand, I can take romance car and alight at Hakone-Yumoto? The benefit of using suica vs buying separate regular ticket is it’s cheaper?

          15. Hi Elynn,

            That’s right. So don’t use Suica to take Odakyu to avoid pay more or exit at Odawara. Just use it for Shinagawa to Shinjuku. And exit Shinjuku station and reenter Odakyu Shinjuku station by regular ticket and Romancecar ticket.

            Don’t think about it too much. Just do this and this is the easiest and most cost effective way.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          16. Hi Takeshi,

            Thank you very much for answering all my questions. This is so helpful and i will follow your recommendations. 🙂

            Regards,
            Elynn

  5. Dear Takeshi
    What I mean is that if there are no time tables available, then how does one select which trains to ride on not just from Odawara but other cities too
    Syed

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    I will be visiting tokyo next week with my family and we will go to Mt. Fuji on the 29th of October. We will be getting a tour that includes the transportation via van to and from our hotel but my younger brother would like to ride a shinkansen. Is there a skinkansen going to tokyo from hakone or any tourist site near Mt. Fuji? Maybe we can take that instead of riding the van going back to our hotel in tokyo.

    Thanks!

      1. Dear Takeshi
        There is some error I did not send this question to you. Someone else must have
        I am writing to you so that you can answer the right person
        Regards
        Syed

  7. Dear Sir
    Seeing your post as being helpful, I am taking this liberty to seeking your guidance
    My wife and I are retired Canadians, and are coming to Japan for sight seeing, on 16th January 2017 and will land at Haneda airport. We would appreciate if you can advice us the following:
    We would spend nights of 16th and 17th January in Tokyo, hich area in Tokyo should we book our hotel– we dont want to spend more than US$130 per night. Is hop on hop off bus a good way to do sight seeing Tokyo
    From Tokyo we would like to go to Hakone on 18th January morning using Japan Railway Pass travelling on bullet train and then see Mt Fuji on a day trip. (we will have our luggage with us (can we leave it at left luggage store at Odawara or Hakone railway station?)
    Later in the evening of 18th January we would like to go to Koyto using Japan Railway Pass and travelling on bullet train, spend the nights of 18th and 19th January in Koyto and do sight seeing there; is a hop on hop off bus a good way to do sight seeing Kyoto
    From Koyto we would go by bullet train on 20th January morning using Japan Railway Pass to Osaka, for sight seeing, and spend 20th January night there, again is Hop on Hop off bus a good way to sight see Osaka
    From Osaka we go by bullet train on 21st morning using Japan Railway Pass to Hiroshima , and spend 21st January night there. Do homage at the peace memorial and then the on 22nd January morning to Tokyo by bullet train using Japan Railway Pass
    Arrive in Toyko in the afternoon of 22nd January and do sight seeing , spend the night of 22nd in Tokyo; do sight seenig on 23rd morning in Tokyo and then in the afternoon leave for Haneda airport to catch our flight for Toronto
    Is it better to book hotels near railway stations of all these cities?
    Please respond by e-mail only

    1. Hi Syed,

      First of all, I don’t communicate with readers by email directly. Because in my site, I share all information with all readers. Please understand it.

      Regarding hotel, there are so many hotels and rate is not fixed because of demand. As long as you use JR pass, please try to book near JR station. JR pass does not cover subway, city bus and other NON JR trains.

      Your itinerary looks good and ready to go. You can use JR pass even in cities. Please find more info at 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
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/trip-report/2016-winter-tohoku-chubu-chugoku/trip-to-tohoku-chubu-and-chugoku-in-2016-winter-part-1-quick-trip-to-hiroshima-from-osaka.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hello Takeshi
            Thank you for your previous help
            Can I bother you again please:
            Can you please advice what will be the best way to get to from Haneda airport Tokyo to our hotel in Shinjuku area in Tokyo. Similarly what will be the best way to get to Haneda airport from our hotel in Shinjuku
            We will also be travelling to Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima for sight seeing using the Japan Railway Pass and hoping to use the famous bullet trains, can you please advice if we should book our hotels near railway stations in these cities, if so in which areas/locations and which railway stations in these cities– I ask because I believe there are more than one railway stations in these cities
            We will be most grateful for your advice
            Thanking you in anticipation
            Syed

          2. Hi Syed,

            You can take Keihin Kyuko to Shinagawa and transfer to JR Yamanote line. It costs about 610 yen and this is most affordable and the easiest way.

            Please see the links below to find the coverage in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
            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
            https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
            https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

            You can find the coverage map in the links above. As long as you stay near JR station, you will catch the trains by JR pass. If you stay near Shinkansen stations, such as Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, you can catch Shinkansen to move other cities easily.

            In Hiroshima, Hiroshima station is your choice. There is only one JR station in Hiroshima. If you need to access to other spots, you need to take a bus or streetcar. The bus service, “Meipuru-pu” is covered by JR pass. You can access to most of places in downtown Hiroshima by this bus.
            https://www.chugoku-jrbus.co.jp/teikan/meipurupu/en/

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Hello Takeshi
            thank you for your help once again
            You mention that as long as I stay near JR station, I will be able catch the trains by JR pass. I want to ask: can I use Shinkansen trains (Bullet trains) with a JR pass in order to travel from Tokyo to Hakone, and from Hakone to Kyoto, ( use regular slower train from Kyoto to Osaka) and from Osaka to Hiroshima , and then from Hiroshima to Tokyo– all these journeys on JR pass—I want to use bullet trains mostly in order to less journey time
            If I am to use the bullet trains of JR pass then what train stations are best to book hotels–intent being to stay near the stations in all these cities
            Syed

          4. Hi Syed,

            You just can stay near Shinkansen stations. Those are Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima. Odawara is shinkansen station but it’s not convenient to see Hakone. You may stay wherever in Hakone.
            If you want to stay near Shinkansen station even in Tokyo, you can stay near Tokyo or Shinagawa. Please see the link below:
            https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JRPail.com

          5. Thank you Takeshi
            If we stay near Shinkansen station ie Shinigawa, in Tokyo will we be able to catch JR Pass bullet train for Hakone or Odawara from this station ; also when we return from Hiroshima using JR Pass bullet train will train arrive at this Shinigawa station?
            I presume from your previous advice that Shinigawa is where the Keihin Kyuko bus service from Haneda will also arrive at, so it will be a more convenient to book hotel near Shinigawa.
            Is Shinigawa as nice a place to stay as Shinjuku
            Thank you once again
            Syed

          6. Hi Syed,

            Shinagawa is more convenient for transportation. But Shinjuku is much better than Shinagawa for entertainment. Shinjuku is the biggest downtown core in Tokyo.

            As I shared the link previously, you can catch JR local train by JR pass. If you really want to take Shinkansnen directly, you can stay near Shinkansen stations. The choice is yours.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          7. Dear Takeshi
            Sorry to bother you again
            Since my wife and I will be buying a Japan Railway Pass, and we want to visit Hakone from Tokyo and later on proceed to Kyoto, travelling by Japan Railway.
            Please advice how to proceed.
            Do we catch Japan Railway from Shinjuku or Shinagawa stations in Tokyo using the Japan Railway pass and come to Odawara station? At Odawara station can we purchase ticket to go around Hakone by using :
            Hakone Tozan train
            Hakone Tozan cable car
            Hakone Tozan ropeway
            Hakone sight seeing cruise
            Hakone Tozan bus

            Where do we buy the tickets for the above note services, and how much would it cost us
            Will we be able to catch fast train (semi bullet train) of Japan Railway pass for Kyoto from Odawara or Hakone Yumoto station
            We will have our bags with us, is it advisable to put them in a locker, if so where will be the best place to put them in a locker so that we can pick them up on our return and then proceeding on to Koyto
            Syed

          8. Hi Syed,

            You can get Odawara by Shinkansen Hikari or Kodama. Please see the link below to find the timetable. In the timetable, Hikari and Kodama are shown by “H” and “K”.
            http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf

            You can purchase Hakone Free Pass that covers all transportation in Hakone at Odawara station.
            http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/
            https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/odawara-station-guide-how-to-transfer-to-the-train-to-hakone.html

            You may find the lockers in Odawara station too. If it’s full, you can find lockers at Hakone Yumoto station too.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          9. Dear Takeshi
            thank you once again
            You had earlier advised that we can use Meipuru-pu bus service for sight seeing in Hiroshima using our Japan Railway Pass
            Are there Japan Raliway Pass bus services for sight seeing in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka too?
            Syed

          10. Dear Takeshi
            I am bothering you once again
            Where can I get a hard copy of Japan Railway train schedule from, will any Japan Railway station enquiry office specially at Shinagawa be able to give
            Can you also tell me bullet train schedule from Odawara to Kyoto from 4pm onwards
            Thank you
            Syed

          11. Hi Syed,

            I have heard JR timetable in English but I have never seen it. I think it’s available for only travel agent. In Japan, JR timetable is sold in book store but it’s in Japanese and very very complicated. Even some of Japanese cannot understand it.

            But Shinkansen timetable is available online. Please see the link below:
            http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf
            http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          12. Hi Syed,

            Sorry but I don’t understand wha you mean. I think all you have to do is picking up the train that stop at Odawara. You can find it easily at the timetable that I gave you.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi san,

    It’s our first time to visit Japan and Would you kindly give us some advice about the best way to travel from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji to Hakone then back to Tokyo. May I know which free pass we should buy. Thanks in advance.

  9. Hi! I will be traveling to Japan in two weeks. Arriving at Narita and will be staying for 6 days in Tokyo near Shinjuku station. I also plan to go to Hakone during one of those days to see Mt Fuji and visit the outlet stores at Gotemba. I just plan to stay at Hakone-Gotemba for a few hours only.

    Is it the right choice to get a round trip Nex-Tokyo for my trip to and from Natita-Shinjuku. Buy a Suica card to use around Tokyo and buy round trip tickets of Odakyu+romancecar from Shinjuku to Hakone and back.

    1. Hi Vince,

      NEX Tokyo round trip is okay. But you can purchase Limousine bus and subway pass combo deal:
      http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/airport_bus/index.html#anc02

      Subway pass gives you unlimited ride and gives you more flexibility as well.

      Hakone Free Pass is better if you go through Hakone to Gotemba.
      http://www.odakyu.jp/english/deels/freepass/hakone/

      You can add surcharge on top of Hakone Free Pass to take romancecar.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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