questions & answers: using the japan rail pass



My best friend and i are headed to Tokyo for my 30th bday in September. We plan on going from Tokyo to Kyoto. Then from Kyoto we want to go to Hakone.

From what I understand. We can take the JR line from Kyoto, but it will only take us as as far as Odawara. From there, how do we get to Hakone? And if we get the Hakone Free Pass (like suggested), where do we buy one?

and what's the best way to get back from Hakone to Toyko.

Thanks for your help. I AM SO EXCITED!


Hi there!

From Odawara different companies run troughout Hakone. I would recommend reading THIS page on how to travel around Hakone.

The Hakone Free Pass can be purchased directly at Odawara station.

To travel back to Tokyo, return to Odwara station and take the train from there! It's only about 40minutes with the Shinkansen.


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