The nearest airports to Hakone are in Tokyo. Note that if you have a reservation at a ryokan in Hakone, unless your plane lands in the morning, it is recommended that you spend your first evening in [[Tokyo]] or [[Yokohama]], or else you might miss out on (and be charged for) dinner at the ryokan, or worse, you may be locked out of (and be charged for) your room at the ryokan's curfew time, if there is one.
The fastest and most expensive method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take a '''Tokaido Shinkansen''' ''Kodama'' (こだま) train from Tokyo to [[Odawara]], then transfer to the '''Hakone-Tozan Line''' for the run to Hakone-Yumoto (trains operated by Odakyu Railway). The one-way ride lasts one hour with a good connection, and costs
Be aware that the '''<u>JR East</u> Rail Pass''' does not provide access to the Tokaido Shinkansen and to make use of this pass you will need to ride the regular Tokaido Main Line to Odawara. From Tokyo, a convenient choice that is valid with the JR East Pass is the "Odoriko" limited express train service. These trains have bigger windows and better seating than the regular commuter trains, and seat reservations can be made. As of March 2007, there are at least four daily runs, arriving in Odawara one hour later; there may also be additional runs on certain days. All trains make a pickup stop at [[Yokohama]], while a few also stop at [[Tokyo/Shinagawa|Shinagawa]] and [[Kawasaki]] stations.
You also have the option of boarding comfortable Green Car seats on regular JR commuter train runs. These seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can purchase light snacks and drinks at your seat. You should purchase a Green Car fare ticket prior to boarding, which is done electronically using a SUICA card: Once you purchase the Green Car fare from a special machine, you wave the SUICA card over the seat that you wish to sit in and the light above you will turn from red to green. The fare for these seats between Tokyo and Odawara is
Without any sort of JR pass, the regular fare from Tokyo to Odawara is
The affordable method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take the '''Odakyu Odawara Line''' from [[Tokyo/Shinjuku|Shinjuku]] station. The fastest train on the Odakyu Line is the ''Hakone'' (はこね) Limited Express train (特急 ''tokkyū''), which runs twice an hour for most of the day. The 85-minute journey makes only two stops enroute and costs
Rail connections can be made at Odawara from [[Nagoya]] (2 1/2 hrs), [[Kyoto]] (3 hrs) and other locations throughout Japan.
Modes of transport in the Hakone region are many and varied. Your options include:
* The scenic '''Hakone-Tozan Line''' mountain railway from Odawara to Gora via Hakone-Yumoto
* The '''Hakone-Tozan Cablecar''' up the mountainside from Gora to Sounzan
* The '''Hakone Ropeway''' from Sounzan down to Togendai on Lake Ashinoko via the boiling sulphur pits of Owakudani
Most people opt for the '''Odakyu Hakone Free Pass''' [http://www.odakyu.jp/english/freepass/hakone_01.html], which includes a return trip from Shinjuku and allows unlimited use of all of the above forms of transport for several days. In addition, pass holders can receive discounts at many hot springs, museums, restaurants, and other locations by showing their pass.
The 2-day Free Pass costs
No trip to Hakone would be complete without a dip at a '''Japanese hot spring''' (''onsen''). If you're staying overnight, your lodgings may include bathing facilities, but if not many hotels open up their baths to visitors for around
* '''Tenzan Tōjigō''' (天山湯治郷), Hakone-Yumoto, Chaya 208, [http://tenzan.jp/]. Large, popular hot spring operation with indoor and outdoor baths, sauna, etc. Free shuttle bus from outside the bus station. Open
* '''Hakone Kowakien Yunessun''' (ユネッサン), Hakone-machi, 1297 Ninotaira, [http://www.yunessun.com/english/]. Indoor complex featuring rapids, dead sea style salt baths and jacuzzis, while the outdoor area offers waterfalls, rocks and a water slide. The popular outdoor relaxation section includes a renowned sake bath, as well as coffee, green tea and wine baths. Mori No Yu is a traditional Onsen style japanese spring located in the same complex. Open from March to October
* <do name="Hiking" directions="" url="">The area has some nice hiking trails. The national park website has an up to date list of hikes and their current status [http://www.hakone.or.jp/english/osusume/hike_list.html]. The visitor's center in Togendai also has a model of the area including many of the hikes around the Lake Ashi. For example there is a hike from Togendai to Owakudani and from there to Mt. Komagatake passing the peaks of Mt. Kanmurigatake and Mt. Kami. From Mt. Komagatake take the cable car down and the bus back to Togendai (beware: last cable car leaves Mt. Komagatake at 16:50). The hike takes between 2.5 and 3 hours and covers quite a difference in altitude. Sturdy shoes are definitely helpful but not necessary.</do>
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* Try the '''black eggs''' (黒玉子 ''kuro-tamago'') at Owakudani. Boiled on site, their shells are a mottled black due to a chemical reaction with the sulphurous water, but the inside is quite tasty. According to Japanese legend, every one you eat will add seven years to your life. 5 eggs (and hence 35 years) will set you back just
*If you've been in Japan for a while and miss the taste of a warm brownie, try the '''mountain brownies''' at Sagamiya. The shop is a few steps away from the tourist information center, right in front of the bus stops. You can't miss the smell, as they are made on site!!
Hakone has many '''onsen ryokan''', traditional Japanese inns featuring hot springs. Facilities vary widely, although prices are generally somewhat elevated (especially on weekends) due to the proximity of Tokyo.
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* <sleep name="Hotel Okuyumoto" alt="" address="211 Yumoto Chaya" directions="" phone="+81(0) 460-85-6271" url="http://www.okuyumoto.co.jp/en/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Featuring ''Open-air baths'' beside a mountain stream, offers mostly Japanese style ''tatami'' rooms but also has some Western style rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Senkei" alt="ホテル仙景" address="592 Yumoto Hakone-machi Ashigara-Shimogun Kanagawa 250-0311" directions="10 minutes walk from Hakone-Yumoto station" phone="(+Int81)0460-85-5500" url="http://www.senkei.net/eng/senkei-plaza.html" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="10:00AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="(+Int81)0460-85-7765">A ryokan designed in a Japanese Inn style.Offers excellent hot springs and an open-air bath is provided in each room.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hakone Onsen Lalaca Hotel" address="1320-270 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0408" phone="+81 460-86-0777" url="http://www.lalaca.com">It is said that many people got to know about Hakone Onsen after Toyotomi Hideyoshi, A General at Age of Civil Wars fought at a battle in Odawara. In Edo Era, it attracted many people as one of the Onsens along Tokaido, one of 5 major Boulevard in Japan.The hotel has 8 rooms, which a range occupancy from1 to 5 people, breakfast and dinner included in all rates, hotspring services available for all guests; enjoy brown cookies and tea service in every room.In the ages of Tokugawa Iemitsu, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Kenjyouyu, presentation the hot spring water to General, was often performed. Nowadays there are many museums and sightseeing spots around here. Since it is such a good place to see how the nature changes every season, many tourists, most of them are from Metropolitan area of Tokyo, come and visit all year round.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa" address="1320 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture" phone="+81 460 82 2000" email="[email protected]" url="http://hakone.regency.hyatt.com">The hotel has 56-60sqm guestrooms with large bathrooms and attracts both leisure and business travellers who are looking for a retreat from the city in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Gorakadan" address="1300 Gôra, Hakone Ashigarashimogun" phone="+81 460 82 3331" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.gorakadan.com/">This Relais Chateaux hotel has 37 guestrooms with large bathrooms. The hotel itself is styled after a ryokan, but boasts many more services including a pool, amazingly designed rooms and a spa. All that luxury doesn't come cheap, however.</sleep>