From relaxing hot springs to lush nature spots to traditional ryokans, Hakone, Japan, is a popular spot for tourists who want to explore the outdoors or experience the rich culture that Japan has to offer. This town in Kanagawa Prefecture is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is a mere 1.5 hours away from Tokyo.
Hakone is a popular tourist spot for those looking for a break away from the hustle and bustle of the big city of Tokyo. You can opt to do a day trip to Hakone, but it’s worth it staying two or three full days or more. Tourists who find themselves exploring this town will be delighted by the sights and sounds that are unique to this place. The best time to visit Hakone is from October to November for their magnificent fall colors. Those who wish to see the hydrangeas in full bloom may choose to come in June.
If this sounds like paradise for you, check out the Hakone Tour Itinerary package below. This is designed to help you avoid the hassle of planning transportation and booking hotels while getting free days to explore Hakone on your own.
This package includes the following:
・ Round-trip international flight ticket
・ Two nights stay at a hotel in Tokyo
・ Two nights stay at Hotel de Yama (inclusive of breakfast and dinner)
・ Round-trip ticket for Limited Express Romancecar from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station
・ Hakone Free Pass with access to eight different transportation systems
・ Baggage service to deliver your luggage from Hakone-Yumoto Station to the hotel
Day 1: Depart to Tokyo
Departure to Tokyo from your country. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll most likely have to spend the night on the plane.
Day 2: Arrive in Tokyo
Once you land and get your belongings, you can check-in at the hotel (please check with the hotel regarding their check-in time). You can opt to get some rest and catch up on sleep after your long flight or have a short exploration of Tokyo.
Day 3: Travel to Hakone via Romancecar
You will now begin your exploration of Hakone. Travel to Shinjuku Station and from there, take the Romancecar to Hakone. While there are other modes of transportation (such as bullet trains, local trains, and buses), the Romancecar is the most popular. The ride lasts about 85 minutes, but the trip is comfortable with spacious bathrooms and a cafe. Passengers can also buy snacks and drinks to enjoy while gazing out at the scenery.
When you arrive in Hakone, you’ll find that there are many things you can do. You can take the Hakone Tozan Cable Car to Gora, one of Hakone’s hot springs resorts. After that, you can ride the Hakone Ropeway starting from Sounzan and check out the spectacular views as you travel to Owakudani, an active volcano zone with a lot of sulfurous fumes, hot springs, and hot rivers. You can take their short walking trail and check out their steam vents and bubbling pools and try out their eggs that have been cooked in the naturally hot water.
At the end of the Hakone Railway is Togendai Port which rests on the banks of Lake Ashi. There you can take the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, a pirate ship cruise that runs between the three ports of Hakone-machi, Moto Hakone, and Togendai. As you sail the lake, you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji and the red torii gate of Hakone Shrine.
From Motohakone, you can take the shuttle to Hotel de Yama, where you will be staying the entire time you are in Hakone. Hotel de Yama is a classical resort hotel by the shores of Lake Ashi. You can relax in their historic hotel rooms, enjoy delicious gourmet traditional cuisine, or take a dip in their in-house hot springs. A walk around their 130,000-square meter garden by the lakeside enchants you with its scenic view of Mt. Fuji, especially on a sunny day.
With its proximity to famous locations and tourist spots around Hakone, Hotel de Yama ensures a trip that is both relaxing and extraordinary so you can enjoy Hakone to the fullest.
Day 4: Explore Hakone
After a delicious breakfast at Hotel de Yama, you can continue your tour of Hakone. You can check out more hot spring resorts and spend the morning taking a relaxing dip. If you are an art enthusiast, you can check out several of the museums in Hakone. If you love nature and the outdoors, you might want to explore the Pampas Grass Field, the Botanical Garden, or even take a trek or hike up to Mt. Taikanzan or Mt. Komagatake.
Tip: The Hakone Freepass gives you unlimited rides throughout the Hakone area for two to three days. You’ll get to visit different tourist spots via the eight different transportation systems in the area. This allows you to explore freely and to be able to see and enjoy as much of your trip as you can.
Day 5: Travel back to Tokyo
It’s your last day in Hakone. Have breakfast in Hotel de Yama and check out. You can do a little bit of sightseeing around Hakone or some last-minute shopping. You can also opt to leave Hakone to go back to Tokyo by Romancecar.
Once you arrive in Tokyo, you can explore the city, taste some local delicacies, go shopping for souvenirs, and more. You’ll end the night in a hotel in Tokyo.
Day 6: Explore more of Japan
On your last day in Japan, you can do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing before checking out of the hotel for your flight back home.
Please make sure to be at the airport with enough time to check in your luggage and get your boarding pass. Thank you for visiting. We hope you had a pleasant stay and will come back to explore more of Japan.
There is much to see and do in Hakone. Whether you like venturing outdoors or would rather relax in onsens, whether you are drawn to historical sites or artistic spots, you will find that Hakone caters to everyone.
There are hundreds of onsen spas (hot springs) spread throughout Japan. Hakone itself is one of the most popular places, known especially for the diversity and quality of its hot spring waters. This hot spring paradise has a history of 1200 years as a hot spring hot pot, with towns forming here and there all over the Hakone Volcano. There are as high as 20 hot spring spots in Hakone with great views and varying mineral compositions.
Some hot springs are within a theme park where visitors can enjoy the open-air bath and view (such as the Kowaki-en Yunessun), while others accommodate smaller groups in exclusive rooms for tourists who prefer quiet places and more privacy.
Hakone Open Air Museum
Among the various popular tourist attractions in Hakone are temples and shrines, various historical spots, and fine arts and crafts museums. The Hakone Open Air Museum is one such museum that is popular among tourists. The museum creates a balance of art and nature by exhibiting several sculptures on its grounds. Works by Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, and other renowned artists are displayed for art enthusiasts to see and enjoy.
Mount Fuji viewing
Part of what makes Hakone so charming is its beautiful nature spots. Places like Lake Ashi offer a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, while you can view the mountain from other sites as well. You can drive to Mt. Taikanzan or Mt. Komagatake, which are full of hiking and trekking options, or Hell Valley in Owakudani, which allows you to observe volcanic activity from up close.
Travelers often compare Hakone to Kawaguchiko, which is another tourist spot that gives the best views of Mt. Fuji. Nevertheless, transportation to and from Kawaguchiko is limited. Hakone, on the other hand, is easier to get to and offers a lot more options for things to do.
Hakone is a mixture of culture and nature, art and history, beautiful spots, and relaxing places. If you’re looking for a quiet place where you can spend a few days or somewhere that isn’t too far from the city but will bring you closer to nature, Hakone is the place worth visiting.
Experience paradise in Hakone today!