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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Trip to Japan: Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani

From Togendai Port, we took the ropeway to reach Owakudani. Journey from Togendai to Owakudani took about 20 minutes. The ride was smooth and view from above was beautiful. I think we Malaysian usually called this kind of transport as cable car. The ropeway fare was included in our Hakone Free Pass.

Owakudani is an area with lots of hot springs and sulphuric vents. It is also famous with 'Kuro Tamago', which basically egg dipped in the sulphur rich hot spring, until the egg is hard-boiled and the eggshell turned black. 

Owakudani, snow vs. volcano...

hakone ropeway
"look mommy, overthere..."

hakone ropeway 2
Playground at the ropeway station

We spent a couple hours there, enjoying the highland view. It was also snowing at that time, and my son was very excited with his new experience. We climbed the stairs which led us to a higher area, where the black eggs were produced. There's also lots more steam vents and the air was filled with the sulphuric odour.

hakone steam vent
Climbing the trail to the peak

owakudani trail

When the snow became heavier, we made our move and proceeded to the ropeway station. We boarded the ropeway again, this time to Sounzan Station. From there, we took the cable car to Gora and then the 'Tozan Train' back to Hakone Yumoto Station. Our original plan was to visit more places such as the Gora Park, but unfortunately we had to call it off due to the heavy snowfall there.

hakone shops
Souvenir shops at Hakone
 The weather was better when reached Hakone Yumoto station. We spent sometime at the small town nearby. There is a row of shops selling traditional Japanese snacks and chocolates. We bought a few boxes as souvenirs.

We took the 4PM 'Romance Car' train back to Tokyo and reached Shinjuku Station about 7PM. Went to the nearby Lumine Department Store and bought pre-packed bento for our dinner. Then, we walked back to our hotel and concluded our second day.


  1. I am really enjoying reading your blog about this Mt. Fuji day trip. I have small children as well and have found it difficult to find info about transportation in the Hakone area. Your detail is fantastic and so helpful. I have a few questions. What times does the Romance Car leave Shinjuku in the mornings? Was there a 10 am or so Romance Train? Also, did the Romance Car take 3 hours to get back to Tokyo? That seems longer than I expected. There is a Shinkensen train from Mt. Fuji that takes about 40 min. Is that from a different area? Thank you so much for your help.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for dropping by. Public transportation in Hakone is quite easy, and the fare is included with the Hakone Freepass. The locals and shopkeepers are friendly too if you ask them directions. Don't worry. Regarding the schedule, yes there is departure from Shinjuku at 10AM. The train journey took about one and a half hour only. You can refer the latest timetable from below url...Enjoy your trip!

      p/s: I think the Shinkansen go to different place, not Hakone.

    2. Thank you so much for the quick reply and the helpful link. Have a great day! :-)

    3. hi, is it the free pass is a round trip ticket? if not, how much is a round trip ticket?


    4. Yes, the free pass includes round trip train between Hakone and Shinjuku station

  2. No shinkasen to Hakone but romancecar also awesome
    Tq from Owakudani Hakone with sulphur

  3. Pls visit Venetian glass museum in hakone very beautiful

    1. I agree. Unfortunately we missed it due to time constraint.

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