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Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

Hakone Kamakura 3 Days

Board the Odakyu Railway for a three-day, two-night tour of the line’s best sightseeing locales! The quaint atmosphere of Hakone, the historical capital of Kamakura, and the lovely coastal views of Enoshima—you can see them all with your three-day Hakone Kamakura Pass.

Hakone Kamakura Pass
Hakone Kamakura 3 Days

9:00

Shinjuku Station

Board the Odakyu Romancecar bound for Hakone-Yumoto

Hakone-Yumoto Station

Transfer to the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Hakone-machi-ko (the H Line)

Hakone-jinja-iriguchi

10-minute walk from Hakone-jinja-iriguchi

11:20

Hakone-jinja Shrine

As a constant stream of visitors can attest, Hakone-jinja Shrine tops the list of Hakone’s must-see tourist destinations. Its three deities, collectively called the Hakone Okami, were enshrined there as long ago as 1250 CE. At the shrine’s entrance, the Heiwa no Torii (Gate of Peace) rises out of Lake Ashi and appears to float upon the water’s surface. The mystical presence of this gate, also known as the “Submerged Torii,” fills onlookers with awe. Walking up the main approach, visitors climb a long, stone stairway and pass beneath several more torii before reaching the Daigo (or “Fifth”) Torii and the main shrine.

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Hakone-jinja Shrine

5-minute walk from Hakone-jinja Shrine

12:30

Hôtel de Yama

Lunch on the first day is served in the restaurant of one of Hakone’s most exemplary and historical hotels. Originally built as a villa by Baron Koyata Iwasaki, the Hôtel de Yama maintains a stately profile in the modern world; the eye-catching red-tiled roof and white walls evoke a classical European air. With the arrival of spring, three thousand azaleas come into bloom—a brilliant, colorful delight comprised of thirty distinct azalea varieties. On the ground floor of the main building is the Vert Bois, a French restaurant with terrace seating that looks out over Lake Ashi and the hotel gardens. There is no better way to view the lake and Mount Fuji than dining here on the terrace, enjoying the seasonal breeze. If you prefer Japanese cuisine, there is also Tsutsuji no Chaya on the hotel’s second floor.

Hôtel de Yama

15-minute walk to Moto-Hakone-ko

Moto-Hakone-ko

Take a Hakone Sightseeing Cruise bound for Togendai-ko

2:10 pm

Start of Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

Take a leisurely jaunt around Lake Ashi with a Hakone Sightseeing Cruise. Departing from Moto-Hakone-ko, the cruise takes about twenty-five minutes to arrive at Togendai-ko. From the boat’s upper deck, you can view Hakone-jinja Shrine’s Heiwa no Torii, and on sunny days Mount Fuji appears with perfect clarity. Those looking to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere should consider the luxuriously appointed guest cabins below deck. The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise is an extraordinary way to take in the lake breeze and seasonal scenery of Hakone. Be sure to look for the mirror image of Mount Fuji reflected in the lake—known as “Fuji in Reverse,” its beauty will leave you speechless.

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
Togendai Station

Board the Hakone Ropeway bound for Owakudani

15:00

Boarding The Hakone Ropeway

When you arrive at Togendai Station, hop aboard the 18-person gondola of the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani. Enjoy the majestic panorama of Mount Fuji while suspended in the air. Each of the seasons brings its own particular charm: in spring, a blanket of flowers surrounds the figure of Fuji, still topped with lingering snow; in summer, the green of new growth, in autumn, the brilliant colors of changing leaves, and in winter, the hush of fallen snow. No matter the season, the spectacular scenery of Owadakuni—historically known as “Hell Valley”—enhances the nearby mountains and Mount Fuji, especially from above.

Hakone Ropeway
Owakudani Station

Disembarking from The Hakone Ropeway at Owakudani Station

15:20

Owakudani

What is now one of the best sightseeing spots in Hakone was created by a volcanic eruption of Mount Hakone more than three thousand years ago. Even now, white smoke billows out of the mountain's surface; this and the distinctive smell of sulfur rising from the bare, rust-colored earth are a highlight of the trip. While visiting, be sure to try a "black egg," a specialty of the area. These eggs are hardboiled in the hot spring water of Owakudani, where sulfur in the water turns their surfaces black. Eating one egg is said to extend a person’s life for seven years! Longevity-enhancing or not, savoring an egg while gazing out over the scenery is a special treat.

Board the Hakone Ropeway bound for Sounzan

Sounzan Station

Board the Hakone Tozan Cable Car bound for Gora

Gora Station

1-minute walk from Gora Station on the Hakone Tozan Cable Car

17:20

Boarding the Hakone Tozan Train

The Hakone Tozan Train began service in 1919 and is the only railway in Japan that can truly be said to climb a mountain. Winding its way up switchbacks, the cars travel in an unusual zigzag motion. The Hakone Tozan Train is also known as the "Hydrangea Train" for the hydrangeas that bloom resplendently on both sides of the tracks starting in mid-June. Views from the train of their colorful profusion are one more reason to love the local scenery.

Hakone Tozan Train

Board the Hakone Tozan Train bound for Hakone-Yumoto

Hakone-Yumoto Station

Hakone Tozan Bus (K Line)

Hoteru Hatsuhana Mae

Disembark at the Hoteru Hatsuhana Mae bus stop

18:30

Hotel Hatsuhana

Stay at the Hotel Hatsuhana and enjoy bathing in hot spring water piped from the hotel’s private hot spring. Rooms equipped with a private bath are a popular option for guests who prefer to immerse themselves privately in the wonderful mineral waters at any time of day. Women, especially, will appreciate the spa facilities and the seven baths (two indoor and five outdoor) that are reserved for their use. For dinner, guests are served traditional kaiseki cuisine, a multiple-course feast of artfully arranged seasonal ingredients.

Hotel Hatsuhana

9:00

Departure from Hotel Hatsuhana

Sink into an early-morning bath or opt for a morning stroll to take in the natural beauty of Mount Yusaka spread before you. A deep breath of clean Hakone air is a refreshing way to wake up. Coffee drinkers will love the free perk available in the lounge. For breakfast, a menu prepared in accordance with the season will help you to wake up and greet the day.

Board the shuttle bus

Hakone-Yumoto Station

Board the Hakone Tozan Train bound for Odawara. Note: On weekdays, the Romancecar also stops at Sagami-Ono Station.

Odawara Station

Board the Odakyu Odawara Line bound for Shinjuku

Sagami-Ono Station

Board the Odakyu Enoshima Line bound for Katase-Enoshima

Fujisawa Station

Board the Enoshima Electric Railway bound for Kamakura

11:00

Departure on the Enoden

Carrying passengers for more than a century, the Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden) provides service between Kamakura and Fujisawa Stations. The Enoden train line is popular with sightseers for the marvelous scenery along the route. Although best-known for its coastal segments, the Enoden also passes over mountains, crosses through residential areas, and traverses other varied terrain. Near Enoshima Station, the fifth stop, the glimmering sea appears through the right-side windows and is visible until Shichirigahama Station, the eighth stop from Fujisawa.

Enoden
Shichirigahama Station

3-minute walk from Shichirigahama Station

11:45

Ristorante Amalfi

Situated on a coast that one might well mistake for the Amalfi coast in Italy, the Ristorante Amalfi is rightfully proud of its bayside view. Here you will enjoy authentic Italian food that features seafood delivered daily from Misaki Fishing Harbor, herbs and vegetables cultivated by Miura farmers, and other select local ingredients.

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Ristorante Amalfi

3-minute walk to Shichirigahama Station

Shichirigahama Station

Board the Enoden bound for Kamakura

Hase Station

7-minute walk from Enoden Hase Station

14:00

Kotoku-in Temple and The Great Buddha of Kamakura

Kotoku-in is a Jodo Buddhist temple dedicated to Amida Buddha. The principal figure of the temple is a seated bronze statue known as the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Virtually unchanged since it was first erected in 1252, the Great Buddha is a National Treasure of immeasurable worth to Buddhist art and history. Seated out-of-doors, the Great Buddha changes in appearance depending on the time of day and the season, and is a beloved symbol of Kamakura.

Kotoku-in Temple

7-minute walk to Enoden Hase Station

Hase Station

Board the Enoden bound for Kamakura

Kamakura Station

1-minute walk from Enoden Kamakura Station

15:00

Komachi-dori Street

Located only a few steps from Kamakura Station, Komachi-dori Street is lined with gift shops catering to sightseers traveling between the station andTsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine. This commercial district is fronted by a tall, red torii at the entrance and bustles with the excitement of visitors from Japan and abroad. On both sides of the street arerestaurants and shops selling a variety of commercial and hand-crafted merchandise. Look for Kamakura-bori, a traditional artisan-madelacquerware of carved wood. Other great gifts include small dishes, brooches, and other accessories that are affordably priced. The street is also a perfect place to take a break—try a cup of sweet matcha at one of the many sit-down cafés.

Kamakura Komachi

10-minute walk from Komachi-dori Street

15:40

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Closely connected to the Minamoto Clan, this shrine served as the cornerstone of the Kamakura shogunate during the Kamakura Period and today is central to Kamakura's culture and geography. When heading to the shrine from Komachi-dori Street, you will first see the brilliant vermillion of the Ni no Torii gate. Beyond that is the dankuzura, a raised pathway lined with cherry blossom trees that bloom beautifully in spring. Continuing onward, visitors will reach the main sanctuary, which is an Important Cultural Property of Japan. After touring the main shrine, return along the same path, and be sure not to miss the view overlooking Yuigahama Beach.

Telephone number: 0467-22-0315

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

11-minute walk to Enoden Kamakura Station

Kamakura Station

Board the Enoden bound for Fujisawa

Enoshima Station

15-minute walk from Enoden Enoshima Station

17:15

Enoshima

To arrive on the small island of Enoshima takes only a five-minute walk from Enoshima Station across the pedestrian-only Enoshima Benten Bridge. Once there, you will see Benzaiten Nakamise-dori Street unfolding before you. Serving as the approach to Enoshima-jinja Shrine, the street is also a commercial row filled with popular restaurants and gift shops. After touring the shrine, be sure to visit the Enoshima Sea Candle—Enoshima’s lighthouse and a much-loved symbol of the island. On clear days, you can see Mount Fuji from the lighthouse observatory. On winter nights, the Sea Candle is lit with pretty colors that enhance the beauty of the night scenery. Gourmets will rejoice at local culinary offerings that include fresh seafood and shirasu (juvenile sardines), a specialty of Enoshima. Sunset on the island is particularly magnificent, with the mystical sight of the sun sinking over the distant coastline.

10-minute walk to Katase-Enoshima Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

Katase-Enoshima Station

Board the Odakyu Enoshima Line

Sagami-Ono Station

1-minute walk from Sagami-Ono Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

19:30

Odakyu Hotel Century Sagami-Ono

This hotel has guest rooms conveniently located on the eleventh to fourteenth floors directly above Odakyu Sagami-Ono Station. Once you have exited the ticket gate, head to the North Exit and follow along the side of the building to the hotel entrance. With window views of the Tanzawa Mountains, the guest rooms provide comfort for a relaxing stay.

Odakyu Hotel Century Sagami-Ono

9:50

Departure from Odakyu Hotel Century Sagami-Ono

For breakfast, take the elevator down to the seventh floor to find the Grill Kitchen Au bon Rosage, a buffet restaurant that opens at seven o’clock. Eat all you like from its wide variety of Japanese- and Western-style foods.

1-minute walk to Sagami-Ono Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

Sagami-Ono Station

Board the Odakyu Odawara Line bound for Shinjuku

Shin-Yurigaoka Station

Board the Odakyu Tama Line bound for Karakida

Odakyu Tama Center Station

10-minute walk from Odakyu Tama Center Station on the Odakyu Tama Line

10:30

Sanrio Puroland

Meet Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters at this indoor theme park. Watch full-scale musicals, parades, and other events starring the Sanrio cast; there are also amusement rides, themed play areas, art booths, and more. If you are hungry, stop by any of the restaurants and cafés and select from their full menus. Spend a fun-filled day with Sanrio characters everywhere!

Sanrio Puroland
Entrance

A short walk from the station, the colorful front gate will appear. Check the day’s shows and start times at the entrance information booth, and pick up an official brochure with additional information.

Character Food Court

The Character Food Court on the first floor of SanrioTown is decorated with Sanrio characters and offers a wide range of themed entrées. Pictures of Sanrio characters come with the dishes, which are as tasty as they are cute.

“Kawaii Kabuki–Momotaro” by the Hello Kitty Troupe, a musical performance

Performed in the Fairyland Theater on the first floor, “Kawaii Kabuki–Momotaro” is a new musical fusing the traditions of the kabuki theater with kawaii (cute) culture. The show is a full-scale production by the Hello Kitty Troupe, and visuals and voices are perfomed by current leading kabuki actors. The result is a show that even kabuki enthusiasts will appreciate. This popular musical has multiple showings each day.

Village Shop

Located on the first floor next to the Discovery Theater entrance, the Village Shop sells merchandise marketed toward young girls. Here you will find kawaii lights shaped like strawberries and hearts that you can take to the shows and parades, as well as stationery, stuffed animals, and many other fun things.

10-minute walk to Odakyu Tama Center Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

Odakyu Tama Center Station

Board the Odakyu Tama Line bound for Shin-Yurigaoka Station (or on a Shinjuku-bound train)

Shin-Yurigaoka Station

Board the Odakyu Odawara Line bound for Shinjuku

Shimo-Kitazawa Station

Often shortened to Shimokita, Shimo-Kitazawa is a mecca for subcultures. This popular district is filled with small theaters, playhouses, live music clubs, and other entertainment venues. On any given day, there is at least one show or music performance to be seen. The lively back streets are lined with vintage clothing stores, restaurants, and shops of all kinds.

Recommended Store: NEW YORK JOE EXCHANGE

5-minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

The Shimo-Kitazawa area is filled with uniquely themed vintage clothing shops that compete fiercely for customers. Among these, one standout is New York Joe Exchange, a playfully designed space that buys and sells recycled clothing. Originally a public bathhouse, the building has been remodeled; seeing the clever incorporation of bathhouse elements like the old flooring and walls into a modern store is well worth the visit. Even the name was selected to match the bathhouse theme: the pronunciation of “New York Joe” also means “bathing place” in Japanese. With clothing for men and women, New York Joe Exchange sells items spanning many styles, decades, and brands.

NEW YORK JOE EXCHANGE

5-minute walk to Shimo-Kitazawa Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line

Shimo-Kitazawa Station

Board the Odakyu Odawara Line bound for Shinjuku

18:30

Shinjuku Station