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mt.fuji and hakone


Dear All ,we are a group of 6 adults ( all above 53- 60 Yrs,)and want to do Mt.Fuji and hakone in 1 day ,questions are as below.ON OUR OWN .We are living in the Shinjuku area.
We will be buying our JR PASS ( green car ) ,once visas are done by next monday.

  1. I think the JR line goes only upto ODAWARA ,can we get a train to ODAWARA from SHINJUKU ,on JR LINE.

  2. What to do after ODAWARA ,its very confusing ,as should we buy the Hakone pass ( WHAT IS THE COST ,OF HAKONE PASS ,AND WHERE DO WE BUY IT ),so as we can use it for Lake ashi Cruise .

  3. Also we can use it for Komagatake Ropeway .

4.But ,how do we do the 5 th Station on Mt Fuji ,AND Visitor Centre of mt.Fuji .

Is it very complicated ,or ,it can be done ,easily ,by us ,or should we just take a DAY TOUR ???

Kindly help .

Warm regards,
Kartik Patel,India .

kartik patel
kartik patel

Hello Kartik Patel,

1.) I would advise traveling from Shinjuku to either Shinagawa or Tokyo stations, from here you can take the Shinkansen to Osaka.

2.) From Odawara local transport runs into the area. I would advise reading this guide for travel around Japan. You can also buy a Hakone Free Pass here. It also covers the Lake Ashi cruise.

3.) In also covers the Hakone Ropeway.

4.) I would advise sticking to Hakone. The 5th station is only interesting if you plan on climbing mount Fuji. You'll mostly be busy for a whole day in Hakone. If you do have time, then I would advise a visit to Kawaguchiko.

Travel around Fuji does require a fair amount of research. Booking a tour can be a great way to travel around without much effort.

Hope this helps,


Many thanks Daniel ,you were a great help ,we were having doubts ,which have been cleared by you ,your suggestion of taking a Tour does help.

Touring only hakone ,is best ,BUT ,BUT ,BUT ,Basically ,we wanted to atleast reach the foothills of the most famous landmark ,in Japan .Mt.Fuji .

I am troubling ,you a bit more ,I am planning /thinking in this lines too, Is this OK ?????

We take a JR line ( TOKAIDO )from Tokyo to Shin Fuji ,take photos ,and if some people want to Go up to 5 th Station ,they can ,we move on same line to Odawara , BUY our Hakone Pass ,and stay the whole day roaming about in Hakone .Return ,via Odawara to Shinjuku .

I would love a response from you ,kindly do give your response.

Warm Regards,

kartik patel
kartik patel

Hi Kartik,

Honestly, Fuji is best viewed from a distance. You won't see that much close by and nothing at all if it is clowdy. Even so, if you do wish to reach closer to Fuji, then I'd recommend a visit to Kawaguchiko.

Also, I would not recommend a visit to Shin-Fuji, this basically is a station in the middle of an industrial area and not really worth a visit. Atami and Mishima stations may be better stops.

All the best!


Thanks Daniel ,for all your help.we will do exactly this ,I will also look up KAWAGUCHIKA.

kartik patel
kartik patel

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