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Do: Changed spelling of Tenzan Tohji-kyô to reflect the front sign at the onsen; updated prices; listed bus stop for non-hotel-guests
===By train===
 [[Image:HakoneTozanRailway KowakidaniSta.JPG|thumb|200px|right|Hakone-Tozan Line]] 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 ¥3430... ¥3430, but if you use the '''Japan Rail Pass''', you need only to pay ¥300 ¥300 for the Hakone-Tozan line. There is no longer a discount for JR Pass holders.
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 &yen;950 ¥950 on weekdays and &yen;750 ¥750 on weekends and holidays; you can also purchase a Green Car seat on the train for an additional &yen;250 ¥250 surcharge. Holders of the <b><u>Green Car</u></b> Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass can use these seats at no additional charge, and with no fare tickets required: simply board a train with a Green Car, show your Green Car pass to the attendant and inform him/her of your destination.
Without any sort of JR pass, the regular fare from Tokyo to Odawara is &yen;1450 ¥1450 (additional for the Green Car); the trip takes about 70 minutes.
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 &yen;2020¥2020. Note that some trains, called ''Super Hakone'' (スーパーはこね), use newer train equipment, while evening rush hour runs from Shinjuku are called ''Home Way'' (ホームウェイ). The slower Odakyu express train (急行 ''kyūkō'') runs twice an hour at a cost of only &yen;1150¥1150, reaching Hakone in two hours.
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. This line can be crowded with limited views. Bus or car might be a better option as it can be over flowing with tour groups.
* 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''' [], 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 &yen;5000 ¥5000 from Shinjuku and &yen;3900 ¥3900 from Odawara. A 3-day pass can be purchased for an extra &yen;500¥500. Additionally, if you have a Free Pass from Shinjuku you can use the ''Hakone'' Limited Express train by paying a surcharge of &yen;870 ¥870 each way. Holders of the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Rail Pass should travel to Odawara station by JR using the methods described earlier, and pay for the Free Pass from Odawara.
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 &yen;500 ¥500 or so.
* '''Tenzan TōjigōTohji-kyô''' (天山湯治郷), Hakone-Yumoto, Chaya 208, []. Large, popular hot spring operation with indoor and outdoor baths, sauna, etc. Free shuttle bus from outside the bus station. You can also reach it with the K bus to the Oku Yumoto Iriguchi stop. Open 11 AM11AM-8 PM 8PM daily. &yen;1000¥1200/630 adult/child.
* '''Hakone Kowakien Yunessun''' (ユネッサン), Hakone-machi, 1297 Ninotaira, []. 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 9 AM9AM-7PM daily. &yen;3500¥3500/1700 adult/child.
* <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 []. 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>
[[Image:Owakudani BlackEggs Large.JPG|thumb|240px|Black eggs]]
* 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 &yen;500¥500.
*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!!
* <sleep name="Kappa-tengoku" alt="かっぱ天国" address="777 Yumoto, Hakone-machi" directions="2 minutes on foot from Hakone-Yumoto station" phone="0460-856121" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="from ¥5250" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A well-located if slowly crumbling cheap inn, featuring large open-air baths on the roof. Meals are optional and run &yen;1470 ¥1470 for dinner and &yen;840 ¥840 for breakfast. The staff is very welcoming and helpful. You can also leave your luggage there before check-in and after check-out for free. You get more than what you pay for at this ryokan with the Japanese-style accommodations, all natural open-air baths, and good service.</sleep>
* <sleep name="B&amp;B Pension Hakone" alt="" address="1297 Ninotaira Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa,250-0407, Japan" directions="20 minutes from Yumoto Station by Izu Hkone Bus bound for Kojiri & amp; Hakone-en.(Get off at Verde no Mori; , and the hotel is a 5 mintes minute walk)." phone="+81 0460-87-7800" url="" checkin="3:00p.m.3PM" checkout="10:00a.m.10AM" price="from 3¥3,000 yen" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+81 0460-82-4136">It is an unusual A dormitory-style hotel in Hakone with an onsen where you can stay only from 3. They may try to overcharge,000 yenso make sure you stay firm on the price. The room is accommodations are a clean European style room and it is a very relaxing hotel with the smell of bit grungy, but they serve fresh baked bread at the lounge in the morning.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Suimeisou" alt="箱根水明荘" address="702 Yumoto Hakone Kanagawa Japan" directions="3 minutes on foot from Hakone-Yumoto station" phone="81-460-85-5381" url="" checkin="15:003PM-22:0010PM" checkout="10:0010AM" price="from Room ¥7245, room with breakfast ¥10,500, room with dinner and breakfast ¥14,500" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="81-460-85-6628"> This delightful Japanese style hotel is well-run with welcoming, helpful and courteous staff. The hotel offers main branch has 31 Japanese -style rooms starting at ¥10,500 with breakfast and ¥14,500 per person with dinner and breakfast. 12 Western style single rooms with private bath are available at the annex across the street. There is free WiFi in the lobby, 24 hour natural spa baths (separate for men and womenseparated by gender) and a public open-air spa bath. Private open-air hot spring baths are available for separate charge. Japanese banquet rooms, bar with Karaoke a karaoke machine, Karaoke room for groupkaraoke rooms, meeting roomrooms, souvenir shop are available. Great value; highly recommended for single travellers in particular.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Fuji Hakone Guest House" alt="" address="912 Sengokuhara" directions="" phone="+81(0) 460-84-6577" email="[email protected]" fax="+81-46084-6578" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="reasonable" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+81-46084-6578">Very well located guest house popular with both Japanese and foreigners. Comfortable Japanese style rooms and breakfast are available as is a natural hot spring bath. Staff speak English, and the owners, Mr and Mrs Takahashi, are happy to offer sightseeing advice.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Okuyumoto" alt="" address="211 Yumoto Chaya" directions="" phone="+81(0) 460-85-6271" url="" 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="Hakone Hotel Kowakien" alt="箱根ホテル小涌園" address="1297 Ninotaira Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0407 Japan" directions="20 minutes from Yumoto Station by Izu Hkone Bus bound for Kojiri & Hakone-en." phone="(+Int81)0460-82-4111" url="" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="11:00AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="(+Int81)0460-82-4123">It is a resort hotel surrounded by nature in Hakone. The rooms vary from Japanese style, European style to Japanese-European style. There are open-air onsens so you can enjoy the bath and the view of nature. Restaurant is a smorgasbord style with European style meal, Japanese style meal, iron plate grills and so on. For guests who are not used to travel around Japan, there are many rooms, onsens, restaurants and other facilities so guests can enjoy the stay with no worries.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ryokan Kiritani Hakoneso" alt="旅館桐谷箱根荘" address="1320-598, Gora, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Kamigawa" directions="about 15 minutes on foot from Gora Station" phone="0460-82-2246" email="[email protected]" fax="0460-82-1753" checkin="3PM" checkout="10AM" price="Japanese-style tatami rooms from &yen;10¥10,000 per person including breakfast and dinner" url="">A Japanese ryokan. Includes public and private (family room) natural hot spring bath. Quiet and surrounded by nature. Provides Japanese cuisine with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Run by the Kiritani Family who are friendly and eager to show foreigners about Japanese culture.</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="">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="Taiseikan" url="" email="[email protected]" phone="+81 460 82 2281">A traditional ryokan in a private river valley. The ryokan has a funicular that brings you down into the grounds from Miyanoshita. Dinner and breakfast are served in room. The ryokan has two indoor hot springs and two outdoor hot springs. Gender assignments are swapped twice daily so guests can try all of the onsen. One of the outdoor springs has a view over the river valley (screens are set up when this spring is assigned to women). There is also a foot bath and a private outdoor onsen in a cypress shed.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Gorakadan" address="1300 Gôra, Hakone Ashigarashimogun" phone="+81 460 82 3331" email="[email protected]" url="">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>
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