How to Get to Hakone

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Located nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is a popular hot spring area offering visitors plenty of fantastic attractions and activities, not to mention great views of the mountain. Many visitors heading to Hakone will do so directly from Tokyo or from areas around Mount Fuji. For travelers heading to Hakone from other points of origin, it may also be necessary to do so via Tokyo.

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Hakone-Yumoto Station is the main station providing access to Hakone. As such, the directions below provide information on how to reach that point.

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We hope that the following information is of assistance when planning your visit to Central Japan. Hakone can be reached from the following:

From Tokyo

When traveling to Hakone by train from the capital, you can do so from either Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station. From Tokyo Station, the fastest option is to take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Odawara Station – 35 minutes – and then transfer to the Limited Express Odakyu service – 15 minutes – bound for Hakone-Yumoto – a total travel time of 60 minutes / JPY3800.

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Alternatively, from Shinjuku Station visitors can take the Odakyu Railway all the way to Hakone-Yumoto Station. The Limited Express Odakyu Railway takes 85 minutes / JPY2330 to reach Hakone-Yumoto Station. Local services on the same line also run to Hakone-Yumoto Station however they take notably longer – 120 minutes / JPY1220 – therefore we recommend always using the limited express services.

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For information regarding how to reach Tokyo from either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport, please refer to the relevant page.

From Nagano  

When coming from Nagano, visitors will first need to head toward Tokyo Station. To do so, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station – a journey that takes between 90 to 110 minutes (depending on which train you take) and costs between JPY8000-9000 one-way.

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Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above to reach Hakone.

From the Jigokudani Monkey Park

To reach Hakone from the Jigokudani Monkey Park is relatively straight-forward but takes time. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.

Starting from the park, the express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the Nagaden local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station – 15 min / JPY310 – followed by the Nagano Dentetsu Line to Nagano Station – 45 min / JPY1290 = a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.

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Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions above to reach Hakone.

From Kanazawa & Toyama

Much like visitors heading to Hakone from Nagano, those heading there from Kanazawa or Toyama can also do so easily via Tokyo, using the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

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From Toyama Station, the journey to Tokyo takes 155 to 165 minutes / JPY12,430, while the journey from Kanazawa Station takes between 180 to 200 minutes / JPY13,850.

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Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above to reach Hakone.

From Matsumoto

While there are slightly faster options for reaching Hakone-Yumoto Station from Matsumoto, the easiest route is via Shinjuku Station. From Matsumoto Station, take the Limited Express Azusa to Shinkjuku and then transfer to the Limited Express Odakyu bound for Hakone-Yumoto – a total travel time of 260 to 300 minutes / JPY8950 (depending on which service you choose).

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There are slightly faster options by train taking around 230 to 250 but those require multiple transfers. Given the relatively small time-saving offered by those routes and three transfers required – we recommend using the option above.

From Takayama    

To reach Hakone from Takyama Station, take the Limited Express Hida service to Nagoya – 145 to 160 minutes / JPY5610.

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Once at Nagoya Station, follow the directions below to reach Hakone.

From Kamikochi

Visitors heading to Hakone from Kamikochi can do so via either Takayama or Matsumoto. We recommend doing so via Takayama. To do so, take the bus from the Kamikochi Bus Terminal to the nearby Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – 25 to 30 minutes – and then switch to the bus headed for Takayama – another 60 minutes.

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Once in Takayama, follow the directions above.

From Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

Regular bus services operated by the Nohi Bus company connect the famous World Heritage-listed villages with nearby Takayama. Taking around 60 minutes, buses run to and from the Nohi Bus Terminal, next to Takayama Station.

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Once at Takayama, follow the directions above to reach Hakone.

From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route    

To reach Hakone from the Alpine Route, it will be easiest to descend on the Nagano-side of the mountain range to Ogizawa Station. From Ogizawa Station – on the Nagano-side of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route – take the Alpico Bus to Nagano Station – approximately 100 minutes journey time.

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Once in Nagano, follow the directions above to reach Hakone.

From Nagoya

From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Odawara Station – 65 minutes – and transfer to the Limited Express Odakyu bound for Hakone-Yumoto.

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A total travel time of around 95 minutes / JPY8890 to reach Hakone.

From Kyoto & Osaka

Despite the distance, Hakone is also within easy reach of both Kyoto and Osaka thanks to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

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From Kyoto Station, take the shinkansen to Odawara Station and transfer to the Limited Express Odakyu service bound for Hakone-Yumoto – a total travel time of 145 to 160 minutes / JPY12,090.

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To make the same journey from Shin-Osaka Station via Odawara Station takes between 160 to 200 minutes / JPY12,640 and requires an additional transfer between shinkansen services at either Nagoya Station or Shizuoka, before reaching Odawara and finally, onto Hakone-Yumoto Station.

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