Depart Tokyo on day 1 and take an express train to the Hakone/Mt. Fuji area with free time to get settled in and get to know your surroundings upon arrival. On day 2 you will have free time to explore the region on your own with the help of your Hakone Free Pass that includes all transportation in the area and discounted admission to local attractions. You decide what you wish to see and do. Your trip will come to an end on day 3 as you check out of your hotel and return to Tokyo.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Tokyo - Hakone
Today you will travel on your own from the Tokyo Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station via limited express train. Upon arrival you will make your own way to your accommodation and have the rest of the day to enjoy free time to visit the town and its scenic attractions or take a dip in one of the many “onsen” hot springs around. Have dinner on your own and overnight in Hakone.
The hilly and scenic town of Hakone is located approximately 100 kilometres from Tokyo and is the gateway to Mt Fuji and the surrounding national park. Brimming with hot-springs known as “onsen” it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Japanese nature and culture. Hakone has been a popular resort area attracting visitors from around the world to the natural hot springs surrounded by forested mountains, created by the remaining steam vents of an ancient volcano that was active here nearly 4,000 years ago. When the weather is clear, you can glimpse a stunning view of nearby Mt. Fuji, one of Japan’s three Holy Mountains.
Included in your Hakone Free Pass are discounts for admission to local attractions in the Hakone area. We recommend visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, the first open-air museum in Japan, home to a huge collection of over a thousand sculptures made by Churyo Sato, Henry Moore and Picasso among others. If time allows on day 1, stop by the Hakone Botanical gardens for a relaxing stroll among a diverse collection of Japanese flowers and plants or make a quick visit to one of the art museums in town. You will have a full free day tomorrow for more exploring in Hakone!
Day 2: Hakone/Mt. Fuji Free Day (B)
Have breakfast at your accommodation this morning and then enjoy a free day in Hakone on a self-guided adventure to visit the sights that the Fuji Hakone National Park has to offer.
If you would like to make a visit to Mt. Fuji you can organise a day trip on your own from Hakone.
You also have the choice to hop on the local transportation included with your Hakone Free Pass and ride the world’s second longest cable car to Mt. Owakundani, a volcanic hot spot full of sulphurous springs from Sounzan. Taste a black hard-boiled egg, a Hakone speciality that is believed to add 7 years to your life! Enjoy an exciting pirate-ship boat ride across Lake Ashinoko, formed by a volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago. The Hakone Tozan “switchback train” with take you through the mountains zig-zagging its way through the scenic hills and valleys with breathtaking views. Other sights of interest are the Hakone Checkpoint Museum situated on an original portion of the Old Tokaido Highway. Take a dip in one of the many “onsens” hot springs located in the area, some of which offer refreshments like green tea or coffee and sake or wine! Enjoy your last night in Hakone this evening and overnight.
Day 3: Hakone - Tokyo (B)
Have breakfast at your accommodation this morning and then check-out. You will depart Hakone today and make your own way back to Tokyo with your included transportation of your Hakone Free Pass. Your trip will come to an end upon arrival to the Tokyo Shinjuku Station. We wish you a safe journey for your onward travels!