Hakone is one of the most popular tourist spots, due to its proximity to Mt Fuji, and being an easy, short trip from Tokyo. I spent 3 days during the September holidays so I’ll share my itinerary and the attractions I visited over 2 posts.
Similar to my previous trip to Izu, we took the Odakyu Line Romance car from Shinjuku station to Odawara station where we once again rented from Nippon Car Rental. The journey took about 90 minutes. Cost efficiency and time wise, this option is the best in my opinion.
Our first day focused on checking out the Fuji 5 Lakes.
We had an early lunch and visited some bakeries (you can check the food options on my map), then headed for Nagaikeshinsui Koen, a quiet, local park north of Lake Yamanaka where on a fine day, you can see Mount Fuji from a distance.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a clear day but the scenery nonetheless was quite refreshing.
Next was the Maple Corridor and Momiji Tunnel, well known for its autumn leaves. On the day I went it was still early autumn so there wasn’t really much to see. I figure it would be different when the autumn leaves start to show, perhaps around early to mid November.
We continued our journey to the next of the Fuji 5 Lakes, Saiko, and then Shojiko, before calling it a day at Lake Motosu Hotel.
A note about accommodation around the Fuji 5 Lakes area-options can be quite limited during holiday periods and prices may be extremely high. We chose Lake Motosu Hotel because it had the best location for our itinerary, and it included a buffet dinner and breakfast, as well as free entry to their onsen (hot spring). It’s full of tourists though, evident from the large numbers of tour buses parked at the carpark. If you like a more quiet time at the onsen, visiting in the morning after breakfast might be a good option since the tourists would have gone by then (most of them anyway).
The total cost for our hotel stay was SGD$283, after a 10% discount using my Citibank card.
Map of Hakone