Running from Sounzan Station to Togendai Station, the Hakone Ropeway connects visitors with some of Hakone’s most popular destinations including Owakudani, the Hakone Open-Air Museum and Ashinoko. Four stations make-up the ropeway – Sounzan, Owakudani, Ubako and Togendai. The base station – Sounzan – is located next to Gora Station and therefore directly accessible from the Hakone Tozan Railway.
It takes around 8 minutes to ride between each with the total journey taking around 35-minutes. In between, passengers can disembark at either Owakudani Station or Ubako Station, from where walking trails span-out through the landscape. Gondolas hold up to 18 passengers and depart every minute. On a clear day, the ropeway allows for fantastic views of Fuji.
It should be noted that poor weather, maintenance and increased volcanic activity can lead to closure of the ropeway. Hakone is an active volcano and your personal safety should be your first priority. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides real-time advice and warnings for the entire country. Prior to your visit, we recommend checking the following website. This ropeway is one of two in Hakone, along with the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway.