One of the most tourist attraction is Hakone and 5 lakes around Mt.Fuji. All the area is not far from Tokyo. People can visit one day in Hakone. Another day to Lake Kawaguchiko. My journey plan visits Hakone and Lake Kawaguchiko for the same trip. Now, It is time to get the plan. Follow the Leaflet.

Fuji Hakone Area Map

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Hakone Area Bus route.

Sightseeing Bus Guide Map

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I stay nearby the Shinjuku station ;thus,I come here to buy Fuji-Hakone Pass beforehand .Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center ,located in Shinjuku West station ,at the 1st floor.

Area Map

This is in Odawara station.

I buy a Fuji Hakone pass in Shinjuku station,but My ticket can use in Odawara Station. Thus, I have to buy a single ticket to Odawara station. It can be reached both Train and Bus. I choose to go by local train.

You can check the train schedule from the website below.

Suica Card is more useful in Japan. You can buy at 7-11 / Lawson /Family Mart / Ticket machine in Airport or train station. It can be paid for the train from Shinjuku to Odawara station.

This is all included by Fuji-Hakone Pass

                    Schedule Boat,Train,Bus

Fujiko bus

Hakone pirates ship

Train Tozan

Bus stop area

Train schedule

Bus Stop Hakone machi

Bus Stop Gotemba Station

Bus Stop Hakone

Bus Stop Sengoku

Bus Stop Togendai Station

I take the local train from Shinjuku to Odawara

Shinjuku train Platform

Odawara station.

I arrive early morning in Odawara station ; I stop by Odawara castle.

Odawara Castle (小田原城, Odawarajō) was originally built in the mid 15th century and soon fell into the hands of the Hojo Clan, one of the most powerful clans during the Warring States Era who used it as a base to control the region around modern day Tokyo. In 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi attacked the castle, and with the defeat of the Hojo Clan, reunited Japan.

In 1703 the castle was destroyed by an earthquake but quickly rebuilt; yet in 1870, the castle keep and other buildings were dismantled and sold. The keep was rebuilt again in ferro-concrete in 1960 based on models and drawings from the Edo Period. Over the following years, the three major gates leading up to the castle were also restored. Today it is the closest castle keep to Tokyo.

The castle keep is three stories on the outside and four stories on the inside. The interior features exhibits on the history of the castle as well as displays of items such as armor and swords. The top floor offers nice views of the park and surrounding city.

Also located on the castle grounds is the Odawara Castle Historical Museum. It has further interactive displays on the history of the castle and Odawara to present day. Although there are some English translations, the interactive displays and movies are only in Japanese. The castle is also a famous spot for cherry blossoms (typically in bloom around late March to early April) and many other flowers, including plum blossoms, azalea, wisteria, iris, hydrangea and lotus blossoms.

walk about 10 minute from Odawara station.

Then, I walk back to station and take a train to Hakone-Yumoto

I like the classic train like this.

Then, changing to Gora station.

If you have time in Gora, you can visit here. Hakone Gora Park

Now, I´ll take the Hakone Tozan Cablecar.

We survive here.

Today, it is not crowd. I feel a bit goodluck.

Changing from Sounzan Station to Hakone RopeWAY

The cable car look new and modern.

Hour service

We are so excited and happy.

I feel tired ,but this is not the final mission.

I arrive in Owakudani station.

Owakudani (大涌谷, Ōwakudani) is the area around a crater created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone some 3000 years ago. Today, much of the area is an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced. Additionally, Owakudani has good views of Mount Fuji on clear days.

A short walking trail (about ten minutes one way) leads from the ropeway station into the volcanic zone to a number of steam vents and bubbling pools.

For the more adventurous, a hiking trail leads from the ropeway station to the peak of Mount Kamiyama and continues on to Mount Komagatake from where you can catch the Komagatake Ropeway down to Lake Ashinoko. The hike takes about 2 hours one way and can be rocky or slippery as well as quite windy. Proper hiking shoes and rain gear are recommended.

Alternatively, about 30 minutes past the peak of Mount Kamiyama a trail splits off down towards Lake Ashinoko. It leads down the mountain and along the lakeshore, ending at Kojiri not far from Togendai, from where the Hakone Ropeway connects back to Owakudani. The round trip takes about 4.5 hours.

Here you can purchase eggs, cooked in the naturally hot water, whose shells are blackened by the sulfur and which are said to prolong one's life by seven years.

Mt.Fuji view

Parking lot.

Then, I take a bus to down hill in order to go to Togendai station.

Togendai Information.

I take a bus from Togendai Station to Gotemba station

Bus Route

It take about 40 minutes to Gotemba station.

Then, you need to across to the other side of Gotemba station. Then,you will find the bus to Kawaguchiko Station. The Fuji-Hakone pass can not use the train from Gotemba to Kawaguchiko station,exception Bus.

The bus stop.

You can take to Gotemba Premium outlets, if you want to go shopping at the outlets.

Finally, I arrive at Kawaguchiko station. It takes about 40 minutes. M

mission complete Day 1

I stay 2 nights in Lake Kawaguchiko. This is my travel list blog.

Healing Village

Oshino Hakkai

Ice Cave narusawa

Below is a list of some of the tourist attractions around Lake Kawaguchiko:

Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Hours: 9:00 to 17:10 (until 17:20 mid Apr to mid Oct), 9:30 to 16:40 (Dec to Feb)
Departures every 5-10 minutes
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen (round trip)

The Kachi Kachi Ropeway ascends to an observation point near the summit of Mount Tenjo, from where Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji can be seen. The ropeway is one end point of the popular day hike to Mount Mitsutoge.


Kubota Itchiku Museum

A unique museum that displays kimono created by Kubota Itchiku, who spent his lifetime reviving the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing. The kimono on display depict themes of nature and the cosmos and include his unfinished masterpiece "Symphony of Light", comprised of 80 kimono that together form a picture of Mount Fuji.

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed: Tue (unless Tue is a national Holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 800 yen

The Kawaguchiko Museum of Art houses temporary exhibitions of Japanese and foreign modern artists as well as a small permanent collection of paintings and photographs featuring mount fuji.

The Kawaguchiko Forest.

More theme park than museum, the Kawaguchiko Music Forest is devoted to automatic musical instruments, such as music boxes and mechanical organs. The beautifully designed grounds with European styled gardens have nice views of Mount Fuji

Yamanashi Gem Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (Mar to Oct), 9:30 to 17:00 (Nov to Feb)
Entry ends 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: Wed (unless Wed is a national Holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 600 yen

The Yamanashi Gem Museum displays gems, precious stones and large quartz crystals collected from Japan and around the world. Half of the museum is a store where you can purchase jewelry and other trinkets made with the same types of gems on display.

Herb Hall

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:30 November to March)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

The Herb Hall is basically a store with a herb garden and greenhouse where you can view and purchase herbs, tea and dried flowers. Behind the Herb Hall stands the Perfume Hall where you can buy perfumes, aroma oils and soaps.

Hot Spring Baths

Hotel Mifujien

Daytime Hours: 13:00 to 20:00
Closed: No closing days
Daytime Admission: 1200 yen

This aging hotel is the only among the ryokan and hotels along the northeastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, which opens its baths to non-staying guests during daytime. Its gender separated bathing facilities have seen better days, but the views of Mount Fuji are quite nice.

Tensui Kawaguchiko

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entrance until (21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1000 yen

Tensui Kawaguchiko is a public bath house in the forest above the Kubota Itchiku Museum. It features three large outdoor baths, indoor baths and a sauna for each gender. Unfortunately the baths do not have a view of Mount Fuji.

Kaiun no Yu

Daytime Hours: Inquire with the operator
Closed: No closing days
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen for 2 hours

Kaiun no Yu is part of the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko along the lake's southern shore. The baths are open to non staying guests, however, they are rather average and do not have views of Mount Fuji.

The last day, I take the bus from Kawaguchiko to Gotemba station. Today, I have a plan to visit Atami and Ito. The bus stop no.6 beside Kawaguchiko Station.

I am a first passenger.

When I arrive at Gotemba station, I need to take another bus to Togendai station where I left off the 1st day. Now, I am going to Motohakone- ko port.

This is my 1st time at the pirate ship.

The ship is taking off the port.

It feels good.

Lake Ashinoko

Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. The lake's shores are mostly undeveloped except for small towns in the east and north and a couple of lakeside resort hotels.

The best views of the lake in combination with Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from Moto-Hakone (a few steps south from the sightseeing boat pier), from the Hakone Detached Palace Garden and from the sightseeing boats cruising the lake.

Tourist Attraction.

  1. Hakonemachi: Hakone Sekisho, Onshi-Hakone-Koen, Museum Hakone Ekiden
  2. Moto-Hakone: Hakone-jinja shrine, Art Museum Narukawa, Hotel Hôtel de Yama "Salon de Thé Rosage"
  3. Hakone-en/Togendai: Cablecar Hakone-Komagatake, Aquarium Owakudani, Hakone-en, Shirne Kuzuryu-jinja
  4. Asino-yu/Oshiba: Buddha statue Moto-Hakone, Waterfall Hiryu-no-taki, Tea house Amazake-chaya more detail

Motohakone - ko pier.

I walk up to Hakone Jinja shrine (箱根神社)

Hakone Shrine (箱根神社, Hakone Jinja) stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and two others over the main street of Moto-Hakone.

A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the forest to the main building of the shrine, which sits peacefully among the tall trees. The shrine is beautiful throughout the year, and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.

A second shrine, Mototsumiya ("original shrine") stands at the summit of Komagatake, one of Mount Hakone's multiple peaks. It is accessible by the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway from Hakone-en or via hiking trails.

This is one of the highlight in Hakone .

the torii gate lead to the Hakone shrine.

I walk back to the station.

I take a Tokai orange bus to Mishima station. 1 mins walk to the station.

1 hour to Mishima station. The Fuji-Hakone pass is end here.

I travel next to Atami and Ito city because heading back Tokyo.



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 Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:44 PM