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Hakone trip planning》Hakone one-day tour/two-day tour itinerary & Hakone transportation and accommodation recommendations!

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Itinerary planning for Hakone one-day tour and Hakone two-day tour

If you were to travel to Hakone, what would you think of the first time? Are you staying in a different Hakone hot spring hotel, a private bath, or a Hakone hot spring hotel with traditional characteristics?

In fact, besides being a very popular hot spring attraction, Hakone is also a holiday hotspot frequented by local Japanese, especially Kanto people. Basically, when it comes to long vacations, everyone will stay with family and friends in those traditional hot spring hotels in Hakone to relax and relieve the pressure of work.

The Hakone area is very vast. In addition to hot springs, there are also different scenic spots, art galleries, and different tourist experiences in the entire area. There are some unique attractions in Hakone, such as water torii, mountain tram, glass art museum and so on. So if you go to Hakone, you must not miss these unique experiences!

In addition, in fact, Hakone is also in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is around Mt. If you have enough time, it is very worthwhile to go to two different hot spring areas in the same vacation!

Things to do in the Hakone area

Overall, in addition to different hot spring hotels in Hakone, there are actually more than ten different attractions that are worth visiting, including some Hakone-limited transportation experiences, art galleries, Owakudani Hot Springs, pirate ships, etc.

Since different types of attractions are located in different areas of Hakone, and it takes a lot of time to travel to different attractions by different means of transportation, it is highly recommended to plan the order of visiting different attractions before departure.

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Selection of sightseeing itineraries in the Hakone area

Geographically, Hakone is located near Tokyo, about an hour away by rail. So in simple terms, there are 3 different itinerary plans to choose from when traveling to Hakone:

  • Hakone Day Trip, Day Return Tokyo – Hakone
  • Hakone 2-day tour, stay in Hakone Onsen Hotel itinerary
  • Three-day trip to Hakone, deeply experience the hot spring hotels and scenic spots in Hakone

The above three different itineraries allow you to visit different attractions in Hakone and get different hot spring experiences. And which itinerary is the most suitable for you depends on how long you plan to stay in Japan and whether there are other areas you want to visit.

To put it simply, if you arrange a one-day trip to Hakone, the attractions you can visit in one day are very limited, and you don't have much time to stay in the hot spring hotel. So if time permits, it would be better to choose a hot spring hotel in Hakone.

On the other hand, if you like shopping and visiting different attractions, it is also a good choice to arrange a three-day trip to Hakone. Because you can fully enjoy the hot springs in Hakone and also have time to visit different attractions in Hakone slowly, without having to look at flowers in a hurry for the next itinerary. Another important point is that you can go to Gotemba Outlet from Hakone, or further useFuji Hakone Tour PackageGo to the Kawaguchiko area and arrange to enjoy hot springs and visit Mt. Fuji in one itinerary!

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Preparations required before departure to Hakone

If you are planning a one-day trip to Hakone, it is recommended to learn about the transportation in Hakone, the method of luggage storage, the discount package suitable for a one-day trip in Hakone, the accommodation plan, etc. before departure. Your Hakone The journey will be smoother!

Transportation to Hakone

To start a one-day trip to Hakone, you must first start from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo! The Odakyu Electric Railway is the most convenient means of transportation to the Hakone area.

Appearance of Hakone Kotsu Romance Express
Odakyu Electric Railway trains are divided into two types, one is a more comfortable romantic express train, and the other is an ordinary train. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Generally speaking, there are two types of trains for Odakyu Electric Railway to Hakone, one is Romance Express and the other is ordinary tram. The difference between the Romance Express train and ordinary trams is that the Romance Express provides seats in the "observation car" at the front of the train, so that you can experience the same scenery as the cab!

As long as you take the romantic limited express train of Odakyu Electric Railway, you can experience a completely different scenery!

How to reserve Romancecar

Hakone Kotsu Romancecar Reservation Method

If you want to take the Romantic Limited Express "Observation Car" on your trip to Hakone, you must book a seat online before departure in order to successfully experience this special car!

In addition, it is very important that the seats of all Romantic Express trains are reserved seats, so tickets must be marked on the spot in advance or booked online.

Reserve a seat on the Romance Express, "Observation Car"

Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar Timetable

Hakone one-day tour, two-day tour luggage storage arrangements

When you usually go to other areas for sightseeing, you usually go to the hotel to check in the room first, and then leave the suitcase in the hotel before starting the whole day of sightseeing.

However, because many hot spring hotels in Hakone are far away from the main station, if you have to arrive at the hotel first to store your luggage, and then start a full-day sightseeing trip, you will waste a lot of time. Therefore, Odakyu Electric Railway cooperates with local hot spring hotels. As long as you stay at the designated hot spring hotel on the day, you can use the "hot spring hotel luggage delivery service" and let them deliver your luggage to the designated hot spring hotel in advance.

The entire process of storing luggage is very simple. As long as you pay the specified shipping fee according to the size of the luggage you need to store, the shipping company will send your luggage to the hot spring hotel you want to stay in. Basically, when you check in in the afternoon, your suitcase will arrive at the hot spring hotel you are staying in earlier than you.

Hakone Yumoto Suitcase Delivery Service

Generally speaking, as long as you register before 12:30 noon, your luggage will be delivered to your designated hot spring hotel around 15:00 pm. That is, just after you have visited different scenery, you can check in the room to enjoy the hot spring time, so that you can save more time to visit different attractions.

The same is true when you leave a hot spring hotel. You can use the luggage delivery service to send your suitcase from the hotel to Hakone Yumoto Station. As long as you register before 10:00 in the morning, you can pick up your suitcase at Hakone Yumoto Station at 13:30 in the afternoon!

Charges for checked luggage service

In Hakone Yumoto, the charge for "Hot Spring Hotel Luggage Checking Service" is about ¥800-¥1500, and the charge is calculated according to the volume of the luggage. Although simply looking at the shipping cost, the shipping cost of ¥800 seems a bit too high. However, if you calculate the transportation time to the hot spring hotel in advance, the charge is actually very worthwhile.

In addition, when you use the luggage delivery service, one thing to note is that the shipping service companies have signed contracts with different hot spring hotels, so the luggage delivery service can only deliver luggage to designated hot spring hotels, and It is not an address other than the designated hot spring hotel. If your friend also lives in Hakone, they cannot send your luggage to your friend's residence.

Details: Hakone-Yumoto Station Facilities Hakone "Onsen Ryokan Baggage Delivery Service"

Choose a suitable transportation package

If you are traveling to Hakone for the first time, you may find that there are many package tickets that are suitable for you to use in the itinerary of Hakone one-day tour and Hakone two-day tour.

Among the many packages, "Hakone Freepass","Hakone Kamakura Freepass","Fuji Hakone Pass", these three are commonly used preferential transportation packages. And to choose which discounted transportation package, it depends on how your Hakone itinerary is planned, and the ticket will depart to Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji, or arrange a day trip to Kamakura.

To put it simply, if you plan to only go sightseeing in the Hakone area, and not depart to Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji, and Kamakura at the same time, buy "Hakone Freepass" will be the most suitable transportation package choice for you.

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Tips for sightseeing in the Hakone area

Hakone is a large area, and there are different types of transportation and different attractions at the same time. If you want to arrange the smoothest itinerary, you must agree with the characteristics of the entire Hakone area before departure!

Characteristics of the Hakone area

After introducing the transportation methods to Hakone and the special methods of luggage storage, it is time to understand the characteristics of the Hakone area.

Simply put, the entire Hakone can be divided into 3 parts.

The first part is Hakone-Yumoto Station on the right side of the Hakone area, the second part is Gora Station in the middle of the Hakone area, and the third part is the part of "Motohakone, Togendai, and Owakudani" on the left side of the Hakone area.

The main attractions of Hakone are scattered throughout the Hakone area, and it takes a lot of time to reach different attractions. Therefore, when planning the itinerary, it is highly recommended to arrange the scenic spots in the same direction to visit together, so as to save the traffic time the most. Otherwise, it will happen that you go to the left first, then go to the right, and then waste a lot of time in different means of transportation, and the attractions that can be visited are very limited.

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Hakone Yumoto, Owakudani, and Lake Ashi are the main scenic spots in Hakone. (Click to enlarge the picture)

The time required to visit various places in Hakone

It is also because the main scenic spots in Hakone are scattered in different areas, and there are many scenic spots. Therefore, when planning a one-day or two-day trip to Hakone, you must pay attention to the number of scenic spots arranged every day and the required visiting time.

Generally speaking, each attraction in Hakone will take you about 1 hour - 1.5 hours to visit, plus half an hour of traffic time.

Simple calculation, if it is a one-day trip to Hakone, it is probably to visit one attraction in the morning, and then visit another attraction in the afternoon. If you add the time of waiting for transportation in the middle, for example, if you just can’t get on the Hakone Pirate Sightseeing Boat, it will take you an extra hour just to wait for the next sightseeing boat.

In other words, although the one-day tour has about 9 hours of travel time, within the actual Hakone one-day tour, it will limit what you can visit in a whole day because you need to wait for different means of transportation. Number of attractions.

Therefore, when planning a one-day or two-day trip to Hakone, it is recommended not to arrange a very tight itinerary. Generally speaking, it is enough to arrange 2-3 attractions. And some people have said that Hakone is a place suitable for enjoying the scenery slowly, not a place where you need to constantly catch up with the itinerary.

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Travel itinerary planning for the Hakone area

If you are visiting the Hakone area for the first time, you can refer to the following one-day, two-day, and three-day itinerary plans to arrange a Hakone travel itinerary that suits you best!

Hakone one-day tour, one-day round-trip hot spring experience sightseeing itinerary

If you are starting a day trip to Hakone this time, the whole day's itinerary can be arranged like this:

Morning itinerary of Hakone day trip

First, take the JR train and Tokyo Metro from the hotel in Tokyo to Shinjuku Station, then transfer to the Odakyu Electric Railway, and take the train to Hakone Yumoto Station. It is recommended to depart from Shinjuku around 07:00 in the morning, so that you can arrive at Hakone Yumoto Station before 09:00 in the morning, and strive for the most time for sightseeing in the Hakone area.

After arriving at Hakone Yumoto Station, you can go to Lake Ashi to visit the Hakone Shrine and Hakone Water Torii. And I chose to take the Hakone Pirate Boat for sightseeing in Lake Ashi in the morning because the chances of seeing Mount Fuji on a clear day are relatively high.

If you depart from Hakone Yumoto Station at 09:00 in the morning, you will arrive at Hakone-machi Port where you can take the Hakone Pirate Ship at around 10:00. If you just make it in time to board the Hakone Pirate Ship, you can arrive at Togendai Station at about 11:00. Otherwise, it is possible to arrive at Taoyuantai Station at 12:00, which will affect the subsequent itinerary.

Hakone Shrine Torii Hakone Attractions
It is easier to take beautiful photos when you start to visit Lake Ashi in the morning. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Afternoon itinerary of Hakone day trip

After arriving at Togendai Station by Hakone Pirate Ship, you can have lunch at a restaurant near Togendai Station. Then take the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, enjoy the hot spring environment of Owakudani, and try the unique Hakone hot spring eggs.

Stay in Owakudani for about 30 minutes, then continue to take the Hakone Ropeway to Sounzan Station. After arriving at Sounzan Station, transfer to the Hakone Tozan Ropeway to Gora. If you want to buy some Hakone specialties, or plan to sit down and have a rest, there are also many shops and restaurants near Gora Station. However, because the crowds of people visiting Jon Lot are very strong, basically if you see that there are vacancies in that restaurant, you can just walk in and order food.

If you depart from Togendai Station at 12:00 noon, you can complete your visit to Owakudani and arrive at Gora Station at about 14:00. You can choose to spend a few more laps at the restaurants and shops near Gora Station, or consider going earlierHakone YumotoAt the station, try to visit the shops in Hakone Yumoto's shopping street before closing.

And it takes about 30 minutes to take the transportation between Gora-Hakone Yumoto. If you depart from Gora Station at 15:00, you can have enough time to go shopping in Hakone Yumoto’s shopping street, or you can take the earlier Odakyu Electric Railway train to avoid the crowds returning to Tokyo from Hakone on holidays.

In addition, because it takes about 2 hours to take the Odakyu Electric Railway from Hakone Yumoto Station to Shinjuku, Tokyo. If you choose to leave Hakone Yumoto at 18:00 in the afternoon, you will not miss the dinner hours of most Tokyo restaurants when you arrive in Shinjuku, Tokyo. You still have the opportunity to dine in the restaurant before returning to your hotel room.

At 22:00 in the evening, the one-day trip to Hakone was officially completed.

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Hakone Owakudani, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Hot Spring Egg. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Hakone two-day tour, a sightseeing itinerary that matches the Hakone hot spring experience

Itinerary for the first day of the Hakone 2-day tour

If you can arrange a two-day trip to Hakone this time, you can also refer to the one-day itinerary for the first day's itinerary.

For example, you can set off to Lake Ashi in the morning to take the Hakone pirate ship, and enjoy the view of Mount Fuji on Lake Ashi along the way. Then in the afternoon, depart from Togendai Station, take the Hakone Tozan Cable Car to visit Owakudani, and go to Gora for lunch. The last is to check in at the hot spring hotel around 15:00 in the afternoon, so that you can buy time to enjoy the hot spring.

For the dinner arrangement on the first day, you can choose the restaurant meal plan in the hot spring hotel. Especially in Hakone, there are many traditional Japanese hot spring hotels to choose from, all of them can prepare the most luxurious traditional Japanese cuisine for you.

Itinerary for the second day of the Hakone 2-day tour

If you plan to visit some Hakone art museums, such as the Hakone Glass Forest Art Museum and Gora Park, it would be more appropriate to arrange the itinerary on the second day.

Since the business hours of these art museum attractions are relatively short, if you choose to visit the next morning, you can have more time to visit slowly and take pictures. Especially in the days when the sunshine time is relatively short in winter, you can arrange some scenic spots that you are particularly interested in visiting in the morning of the next day, so that it is easier for you to take beautiful photos.

Of course, you can also consider staying in the hot spring hotel until 11:00 in the morning before checking out, so that you can enjoy the hot spring until the last moment.

So for a two-day trip to Hakone, how to arrange the next day's itinerary mainly depends on whether you are more interested in which kind of activity you are interested in between enjoying hot springs and visiting different attractions in Hakone.

And in the itinerary of the next afternoon, you can spend a little time in theHakone Yumoto StationVisit the nearby shopping street and buy Hakone's special products, and then take the Odakyu Electric Railway from Hakone Yumoto Station to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

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existHakone Lake Ashino Hanori, you can enjoy the hot springs while enjoying the scenery of Lake Ashi. (Click on the picture to learn more)
Hakone Yumoto Hakone Yumoto Shopping Street
There are many specialty shops in Hakone Yumoto, which are great for arranging to spend a little time shopping. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Hakone three-day tour, experience Hakone hot springs and Hakone scenic spots at the same time

If you have three days of travel time and want to visit different attractions in Hakone, visit the natural scenery of Hakone, and appreciate Mount Fuji, a three-day trip to Hakone will be the most suitable.

Hakone three-day itinerary focusing on Hakone attractions

Because during this three-day trip to Hakone, you can have the opportunity to stay in two different hot spring hotels and get two completely different accommodation experiences. For example, arrange check-in on the first day combined with modern hotel designHotel Indigo Hakone Gora, and then stay in the traditional hot spring hotel design on the second dayTen Yu Inn Hakone Kowakien, so that you can get two different hot spring experiences in one go within a few days.

In addition, arranging a three-day trip to Hakone can also allow you to slowly visit every art museum in Hakone.

Since it takes a lot of traffic time to go to different attractions in Hakone, and some art galleries are relatively large, it takes about 2 hours on average to complete the visit. Basically, you can only visit 2-3 attractions in a day. So arrange a three-day trip to Hakone, and you can concentrate on visiting different art galleries on the second and third days.

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A three-day itinerary in Hakone focusing on admiring Mount Fuji

Of course, in addition to arranging a sightseeing itinerary in the Hakone area, you can also buy aMt. Fuji – Hakone Area 3-Day Tour Pass, and then use this package ticket to take unlimited transportation in the Hakone area and Mt. Fuji area, and enjoy Mount Fuji from different angles and experience different hot spring hotels within 3 days.

In this three-day trip to Mt. Fuji and Hakone, you can split the three-day itinerary into a one-day trip to Lake Kawaguchi on the first day and a one-day trip to Hakone on the third day. The itinerary for the second day, you can choose to enjoy it in the morningLake Kawaguchi's hot springsUntil the moment of check-out at 11:00, it takes about 3 hours to take a bus from Kawaguchiko Station to Hakone.

At about 15:00 in the afternoon, you can arrive at Hakone Station and go directly to theHakone Onsen Hotelsprocedures. And such an itinerary allows you to enjoy the hot springs every minute and every second of the three-day tour itinerary.

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Take the Kawaguchiko sightseeing boat, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji from the lake. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Glass Forest Museum Hakone Attractions
Hakone Glass Forest MuseumIt is one of the must-see attractions in Hakone. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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If you have never been to Hakone, we would recommend you to arrange a two-day, one-night trip to Hakone. Because the hot spring hotels in Hakone are very worthy of your stay, and it is also a rare experience that can bring you good memories. Of course, you can also refer to the three-day tour itinerary of Mt. Within a short trip, you can experience hot spring hotels in two different regions.

In addition, we put all the travel information related to Hakone, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi inMt. Fuji - HakoneClassification allows you to study the attractions in the two regions first, and then decide how to plan your itinerary this time, focusing on hot springs and visiting Mount Fuji. If you are planning to travel to these two regions, you must not miss the useful articles in it!

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