I have a serious doubt if I should spend the night at Hakone, if staying at the lake Ashinoko makes me feel too ambitious. It looks traveling from Odawara is time consuming even though the hotel has a shuttle. Also because we will have very little time in Hakone. We will arrive on Oct 6 fm Nagoya and leave on Oct 7 to Tokyo but want to stop by Kamakura and Yokohama. It is my first time in Japan and we have bought the Rail pass. I would very much appreciate feedback to make a decision on including or not Hakone. If there is a specific suggestion as in which area to stay in Hakone or where else to spend the night on the way from Nagoya to Tokyo.... Thanks in advance.
I think Odawara would make for a good base to explore Hakone from and to travel from to Nagoya as it is directly on the Shinkansen. It would even be possible to just make a quick tour around Hakone and return to Odawara in the afternoon then travel on to Nagoya.
The key to making this a success is to plan ahead. Make a list for yourself what you wish to see/do in Hakone, then look at how much travel time you need. From there it should be easy.
Hi Daniel, I had thought of complementing my "city" travels with a spa town. I booked Prince which is next to the lake, with view of Mnt Fuji (if it is a clear day), relax with a massage and maybe go on the funicular and see the Old Hakone Road. I understand the hotel is at 1 hr 45 min from Odawara thats why I have he doubt on the next day. We will come from Nagoya, but returning to Tokyo we want to go to Kamakura and Yokohama, but we need already nearly 2 hrs to get to Odawara, thats why I have my doubt..... Is Hakone really worth it or shall we stay overnight for example in Kawaguchi ??
Looking for more information? Search the forum
Can’t find the answer?
Learn from over 14870 questions about the Japan Rail Pass, or ask our Japan Rail travel expertsAsk Question
Get inspired for your visit to Japan by following us on Instagram and don't forget your own shots once you are there.