I’ve been asked questions about my visit to the lovely Hakone, a wonderful getaway trip from Tokyo, and when looking back to share some of the adventures from my trip I realized that I didn’t mention the way to get there.
First off, there are plenty of wonders in the Hakone region: You start off from the Hakoneyumoto Station where you can find some hotsprings. At the end of the blogpost you can find the hotsprings I stayed with overnight for very cheap. In the next morning from the Hakoneyumoto Station you can take the mountain train up with a few other hotsprings places on the way as well as a wonderful world-class Hakone Open-Air Museum. At the end you transfer to yet another mountain-rail that connects to a cable car, and on the way you can stop to admire the Owakudani Hell Valley. At the end of the cable car you’ll reach the grand Lake Ashinoko and ride the pirate ship all the way to the other side of the lake. That’s where you’ll find lots of lovely cultural heritage attractions, such as the Detached Palace Garden and Old Tokaido & Checkpoint. You can then make it back by train from that area.
Train from Tokyo
Mountain train from Hakoneyumoto Station
Mountain Cable Car
and on the way, lots of hotsprings. I stayed over in this ultra cheap one… it doesn’t get raving reviews, but it was empty when I was there and I had the whole facilities to myself, and the Tatami experience was very pleasant.
Hot-springs hotel 弥次喜多の湯
The Hakone area is gorgeous. Make sure to take that getaway trip from Tokyo if you have the time.