Translated byBriony Dunbar
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Hakone is a popular tourist destination with its rich nature, hot springs and great accessibility from Tokyo. Here's 3 ways to get from Shinjuku to Hakone.
Hakone is a popular tourist destination even with visitors to Japan, owing to its rich nature, hot springs, and great accessibility from Tokyo. We’ve made a list of three ways to get from Shinjuku to Hakone, with its many sights to behold such as the the mountain railway, museum, spiritual places, etc.
The “Limited Express Romancer Super Hakone” is a limited express train in which you can go straight to Hakone without transferring. There are various facilities such as cafe corners and spacious bathrooms to make your trip all the more relaxing. It takes 85 minutes from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto station for 2,080 yen (1,190 yen fare plus 890 limited express fare).
Since the Romancecar is a reservation-only limited express train, you will need a limited express ticket in addition to the regular ticket. You can buy tickets on that day at the counter within the station, but you can also reserve and purchase them on the internet as well as by telephone (+81-3-3481-0066: By pressing “1” during guidance, you can get support from an operator in English and Chinese).
In addition, you can also buy limited express tickets at the station’s ticket machines. The ticket machines support English in addition to Japanese.
Since the Romancecar seats may be full for purchase on the day of travel during the peak season, you should reserve early for guaranteed seats and secure for yourself seats with a nice view (you cannot choose seats with the automated telephone service). On the other hand, tickets will be sold on that day at the counter and ticket machines.
Take the Romancer from the platform of Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu Line. Go through the gates, look at the electronic display, and confirm which platform your train arrives at (there are numbers such as Super Hakone No. 9 and No. 13, so check your purchased limited express ticket carefully).
Note that Romancecars have several variations in addition to the aforementioned ones.