When the weather gets better, you’ll want to travel somewhere. There are various sightseeing spots in Japan, but one of the most popular sightseeing spots is Hakone.
The Hakone Tozan Railway is an essential vehicle for sightseeing in Hakone. The Hakone Tozan Railway has “Hakone Tozan Electric Car” that runs from Odawara to Gora, and “Hakone Tozan Cable Car” that runs from Gora to Sounzan. There are many spots along the route that you want to visit for sightseeing in Hakone, including “Hakone Yumoto” and “Hakone Open-Air Museum”.
Hakone is blessed with tangible and intangible tourism resources and is full of tourists all year round. One of the best ways to enjoy Hakone is to use the Hakone Tozan Railway for sightseeing around Hakone. Enjoy sightseeing in Hakone with the Hakone Tozan Railway.
The “Hakone Tozan Railway” is a railroad made for mountain climbing, which is rare in Japan. It is a very cute train that slowly climbs the mountain path of Hakone.
The Hakone Tozan Railway connecting Odawara and Gora is a steep route with a total length of about 15 kilometers. Surrounded by the nature of Hakone, you can enjoy the flowering trees that bloom in the four seasons, such as the hydrangea along the line, and run for about an hour to Gora at the end.
The Hakone Tozan Line is the only train in Hakone and the first public transportation to travel around Hakone. It is the first vehicle to use the free pass from the Hakone Tozan Line to the cable car ropeway to Hakone Ashinoko, and from Hakone Ashinoko to Odawara by bus.
The Hakone Tozan train costs Odawara to Gora for an adult fee of 670 yen (children’s fee of 340 yen). Gora Station is the 10th station from Odawara, and there are many tourist resources around the station, so you will want to get off.
If you want to enjoy sightseeing in Hakone, you have to get off the road and buy tickets one by one. The “Hakone Free Pass” eliminates the inconvenience. A free pass that allows you to enjoy sightseeing where you want to go is a great value for your trip in Hakone.
There are plenty of highlights in the four seasons of Hakone, such as “cherry blossoms” in the early spring along the Hakone Tozan Railway, “hydrangea” in early summer, and “autumn leaves” that begin to dye in autumn. A leisurely trip on the Hakone Tozan train is recommended.
The Hakone Tozan Railway has a steep rail line from Odawara to Ohiradai Station that passes Hakone Yumoto. Three switchbacks by the end of Gora will climb the mountain as you move forward and lower back. This leisurely gesture will tell you the highlights.
As the Hakone Tozan Railway approaches Gora, the mountainous landscape begins to spread. Then, transfer from the Hakone Tozan Railway and climb the cable car from Gora to Sounzan. The scenery of Hakone overlooking is full of highlights.
You can enjoy the superb view of Hakone up to Sounzan with a cable car. The Hakone free pass is still connected.
Green on both sides of the Hakone Tozan Railway, which runs from Hakone Yumoto Station to Gora, is as green as you reach. Various flower patterns are recommended for highlights along the line from early spring to early summer.
In Hakone Tozan Railway, 90 years or more ago, between Hakone-yumoto to Goura was opened for traffic in 1919, and between Odawara to Hakone-yumoto was opened for traffic in 1935. 15km in total length. It is a mountains railroad which runs up about 527 meters of vertical drops at a stretch. In order to reach a steep slope, a switchback is repeated, and 88 curves, 13 tunnels, and about 26 iron bridges are crossed. The “Ajisai Densha” (hydrangea train) will operate the middle of June to the middle of July.
The steep slope of 80 per mils is reached only by the power of a wheel. It is an incline to climb the high 80 millimeters while 1 meter advances. In other words, it climbs the high 1 meter only by 12.5 meters advancing.
Many consideration is carried out so that the natural scene of Hakone may not be spoiled.
It can be said to be the expression to have prepared 13 points between Odawara to Goura, the tunnel which attains to a total of 2 kilo meters, and 26 iron bridges etc.
Moreover, in order to reach the slope of a mountain, a switchback system (a conductor is replaced with a drive) is taken in and reached zigzag at three places.
Around from the middle of June, the hydrangea of the Hakone Tozan Railway area along the railroad line will see the time of the bloom.
The Hakone mountain railway of the time when this hydrangea blooms is loved by the nickname of the ”hydrangea train.” At a highlight spot, it progresses slowly, going slowly and a stop so that 10,000 shares of hydrangeas which are in all glory on the railway can be appreciated from the train window. The Hakone mountain railway climbs the mountain in Hakone as the name suggests. With the altitude in an every place point, it goes up little by little, also applying the best time to see of a hydrangea toward the end of July.
“The hydrangea train” has different “face” each by the same route in “noon” and “night”. Seven places of the highlight are lighted up in the night and can look at the fantastic hydrangea. Two faces, daytime and night, can be enjoyed from the train window of the hydrangea train. In addition, entrainment reservation is required for the special train “the hydrangea train of night” of all the seat specification.
|Name:||Hakone Tozan Densha (Hakone Mountain Railway)|
|Address:||Shiroyama 1-1-1 Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0045 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tokaido-honsen Line “Odawara-eki Station” (It's connected to the station.)|
|Price:||130 - 670 yen (Adult)|
70 - 340 yen (Child)
See details in the official website