Hakone, a mountainous town in Kanagawa prefecture, is a great day trip or weekend getaway about 80 minutes by train from Tokyo. Scenic throughout all four seasons, Hakone boasts not only lush scenery but also many onsen (hot springs), a variety of museums, a ropeway ride over an active volcano, and sightseeing cruises at Lake Ashi, complete with jaw-dropping views of Mt Fuji on clear days.
Save money by purchasing the Hakone Freepass, available at the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Centers in Shinjuku and Odawara and at any Odakyu line station, which grants you unlimited rides for either two (¥5,700, children ¥1,500) or three days (¥6,100, children ¥1,750) on eight Odakyu-operated means of transportation in the area, including the train ride from Shinjuku to Hakone and back. Here’s our guide to the best activities, hotels and restaurants in Hakone, all accessible and easily enjoyable for everyone.
This guide was produced under the supervision of Kunpei Otsuka, representative director of the Accessible Lab nonprofit.