Kyoto-Hakone-Tokyo – Transport

I was helping a friend with her Japan itinerary when I thought to myself why not blog about it. Who knows? I may need the information for future trips. Or someone out there may find it useful.

Haneda – Kyoto – Hakone – Shinjuku. 8 Days 7 Nights. Train. After searching around, the best choice seems to be the Japan Rail 7-Day Pass for 29,110 yen. The pass will cover most of the journey. The rest can be paid with Suica.

1st Leg: Haneda to Kyoto

Route Map

  • Haneda Airport International Terminal to Shinagawa via Keikyu Line. 20 mins. 410 yen.

(C) Hisagi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Shinagawa to Kyoto via JR Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari. 150 – 170 mins. 13,400 yen (fare 8,210 yen, reserved seat fee 5,190 yen)

2nd Leg: Kyoto to Hakone

  • Kyoto to Odawara via JR Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari. 125 mins. 12,080 yen (fare 7,020 yen, reserved seat fee 5,060 yen)
  • Odawara to Hakone Yumoto via Odakyu Line. 15 mins. 310 yen.

3rd Leg: Hakone to Shinjuku

  • Hakone Yumoto to Odawara via Odakyu Line. 15 mins. 310 yen.
  • Odawara to Shinjuku via JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. 75 mins. 1,490 yen.

 Checklist

  • Purchase the JR Pass at least 2 weeks before the trip to ensure enough time for the Exchange Order Voucher to be delivered to you.
  • Factor in time at the airport to exchange for JR Pass, do seat reservations and purchase Suica.
  • Select seats that can catch a view of Mt Fuji on the 1st and 2nd leg of the journey.
  • Always check Hyperdia for train timings and platform/track numbers to board.
  • Always arrive at the shinkansen ticket gate 15 mins before departure time. You may have to walk a distance to the platform to board your reserved carriage.
  • Have passport on hand as ticket officers will check it, together with the JR Pass, at the ticket gates.
  • Bring food and drinks on board the trains, especially if you are traveling during meal times.
  • JR Shonan Shinjuku leaves Odawara for Shinjuku every hour. Check Hyperdia to make sure you do not miss the train.
  • Maximise the JR Pass by traveling on JR lines in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Kyoto Train System (JR Line is dark brown)

Tokyo JR Train System

Yamanote Line
Circle line that connects all major city centers.
Keihin-Tohoku Line
Runs parallel to the Yamanote Line on the eastern half of the circle.Chuo/Sobu Line (Local)
Runs across the Yamanote circle (local slow service).

Chuo Line (Rapid)
Runs across the Yamanote circle (rapid service). ConnectsTokyo Station with Shinjuku Station.

Saikyo Line
Runs parallel to the Yamanote Line on the western half of the circle. From Osaki Station, some trains continue running along the Rinkai Line in direction of Odaiba.

Shinkansen
Tokaido Shinkansen trains stop at Tokyo and Shinagawa, while bullet trains to the north stop at Tokyo and Ueno.

For more information on train travel, check out my post on Japanese Trains.

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