Hakone is about 1.5 hours by train from Tokyo. You should purchase the Hakone Freepass (about $55), which gives you a round-trip ticket on the express train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Odawara. It also includes the mountain tram, cable car, ropeway, boat, and bus. We took a circular journey around the area using all the above mentioned forms of transportation. It was fun and we saw a lot of lovely scenery. You have to leave Tokyo by 7am if you want to do the trip in one day.
When you get to Odawara, you then board the Hakone Tozan Electric train, which takes you to Hakone-Yumoto. You then board the mountain tram for Gora. It zigzags its way up the mountain. At times, it goes on a siding a...Read More