3 Easy Ways to Get From Shinjuku to Hakone

3 Easy Ways to Get From Shinjuku to Hakone

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.

Traveling by Romancecar

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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).

Where Do I Buy Tickets?

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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).

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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 Romancecars’ 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.

Where Do I Get On?

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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).

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Note that Romancecars have several variations in addition to the aforementioned ones.

How to Go by Local Trains

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First get on the Odakyu Line express train or rapid express (towards Odawara) and head towards Odawara Station (about 90 to 95 minutes).

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Then change to Odakyu’s Hakone Tozan Line and ride for about 15 minutes till Hakone-Yumoto station. It will cost 1,190 yen in total.

Where Do I Buy Tickets?

Go to the ticket booth at Odakyu Line’s Shinjuku Station. You can make your purchases at the counter or ticket machine.

Where Do I Get On?

Go to the Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station platform. The rapid express and express trains arrive at platforms 4 and 5. Check your platform by looking at the electronic board.

How to Go by Highway Bus

The comfortable bus is outfitted with a toilet, transporting you to Hakone directly. While approaching Hakone, you can get a grandiose view of Mt. Fuji. You can get off at Hakone’s tourist spots, hotels, and it will cost you around 2,000 yen and two hours in total, depending on where you alight (For instance, going to the final station Hakone Odakyu Mountain Hotel will take you roughly 135 minutes and 2,210 yen).

Where Do I Buy Tickets?

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They can be bought directly at the Odakyu highway bus information center; the Odakyu highway bus information center is located on the first floor of HALC on the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Although they are open from 7:00am to 10:30pm, tickets bought after 9:00pm are only eligible for that day.

Reserve by Phone

You can reserve in English, Chinese and Korean at the Odakyu Hakone highway bus telephone reservation center (+81-3-5321-7887, open from 8:00am to 6:00pm).

Where do I Get On?

Get on from the Shinjuku Station west exit No. 35 bus stop in front of Odakyu HALC, a department store on the north side of Shinjuku west exit. It is situated right in front of the Odakyu highway bus information center. The west exit is underground, so upon reaching ground level, go right and cross the street where the rotary ends to get to Odakyu HALC. The No. 35 bus stop is right by the B17 exit of the subway. If you get lost in the subway, you should ask a station attendant for directions, and head for the B17 exit.

Information

Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station (小田急線新宿駅)

Address: 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Hours: From the first train to last train
Closed: none
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi available
Credit cards: Able to be used for purchasing limited express tickets and commuter passes (OP, VISA, master, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DinersClub)
Language: -
Menus available in: -
Station: Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station
Access: -
Price: Dependent on ticket
Religious information: -
Phone number: +81-3-3481-066 (Odakyu customer center, open from 10:00am to 6:00pm)
Official website: Odakyu Railway (English)

Odakyu highway bus information center (小田急高速バス案内所)

Address: 1-5-1 Shinjuku west exit HALC 1F Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Hours: 7:00am - 10:30pm (telephone reservation center, open from 10:00am - 7:00pm)
Closed: None
Wi-fi: -
Credit card: not accepted
Language: -
Menus available in: -
Station: JR Shinjuku Station
Access: Go to 1F of Odakyu HALC on the north side of Shinjuku Station west exit
Price: depending on ticket
Religion: -
Phone number: +81-3-3427-3160
Official website: Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus (English)

Author & Translator

MATCHA編集部のアカウントです。 訪日旅行者の知りたい日本の役立つ情報や、まだまだ知られていない隠れた日本の魅力を発信します。

Translated by Briony Dunbar

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