Where we stayed: Here's the Airbnb we booked in Hakone. It was a beautiful mountain-view property with a salon on the first floor, a spa on the second floor, and our room on the third. Since we knew were going to be arriving here late in the evening, we had selected the self-check in filter while booking the property. It made life so much easier, we had no hassle while checking in and were in fact surprised to find that the host had left a small box filled with local treats for us to binge on.
Hakone (Day 7-8) – Enjoy the slow pace in this small town and take a day tour to enjoy beautiful landscapes
Morning: Using your JR Pass, travel via Shinkansen (Tokaido Like- bullet train from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station) to Odawara and grab a Hakone Free Pass for 4000 yen.Yunessun· Hakone Tozan Railway to Gora (35+ min) 10:30-11:10am· Hakone Tozan Cablecar to Sounzan (10 min) 11:10-11:20am· Hakone Ropeway from Sounzan to Owakudani (10min) 11:20-11:30am· Visit the Great Boiling Valley (1.5hr at most; extra time in case of missed trains) 11:30am-1pm· Hakone Ropeway to Togendai (20min) 1-1:20pm· Cruise at Lake Ashi to Hakone-machi (30 min) 1:20-1:50pm· Walk or continue cruise to Moto-Hakone (25 min) 1:50-2:15pm· Visit Hakone Shrine (may skip this if required) 2:15-3pm· Walk a section of the Old Tokaido and catch a bus from the Amazake Chaya or Hatajuku back to Yumoto (by bus line K).
If you start looking for things to do in Tokyo at various websites, the top thing to do is a day trip to Hakone and surrounding locations. We wanted to save money and chose to do this trip at our pace by buying this pass. Of course, a guide on the package tour is invaluable, but if you like to to do things at your pace and plan to stay an extra night go for this passHakone free pass gives you unlimited access to all modes of transportation in the area ie Buses, Shuttle, Sightseeing Cruise, Tozan Cable Car and Hakone Ropeway. As amazing as Japenese are, they have made the trip to Hakone very accessible and fun with amazing pit stops. There is so much packed in the trip to relax or exhaust yourself completely, depending on how you plan your itinerary. With more than 20 attraction stops we were lucky to do most of the place in a day trip.Tip: I would highly recommend doing a 2 night trip to Hakone to enjoy the Hotels, Onsen Experience (open bath), Mt Fuji views, Sulpher mountain and various modes of transportationWhere to buy Hakone Free Pass and Free Coupon Booklet?The pass can be purchased at major railway stations and ticket counters along the Odakyu Railway Line, including Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo and Odawara Station, Hakone-Yumoto Station and Mishima Station inside the free area. Alternatively, the pass is sold by major travel agents inside Japan, and the 2-day pass can also be purchased online.Use the coupon booklet during your trip at various eateries, shops and hotels to get a discount. Booklet also contains pages for your kids to get them stamped at various attractions.Upgrade to Romancecar
One of the places to visit for a view of Mt. Fuji. Hakone is a quaint little town with plenty more to do as well. I loved the views of Lake Ashi, and walking along the Cedar Tree Route. Taking the various forms of transportation around Hakone was fun too! Our view of Mt. Fuji was slightly blocked by some clouds but it was still so majestic. I can see why people wrote poems and songs about Fuji-san. She isn't "just a mountain".