|Kamakura Hakone Fuji Kawaguchiko
|To make all in one from downtown Tokyo, here's
some itinerary idea to make your Japan journey
content. If you prefer to drive Toyota, Nissan,
Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi by yourself, please
refer to this page. For Mt.Fuji climbers, details are here with useful maps.
|Day 1 (Tokyo to Kamakura)
|There are JR direct trains from several downtown
stations (in downtown Tokyo) to Kamakura.
Shonan-Shinjuku Line has direct service from
Omiya, Akabane, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya,
Yokohama all the way to Kamakura. Almost
every 10 - 15 minutes, very frequent running.
Yokosuka (Sobu) Line has direct service from
Narita Airport, Chiba, Kinshicho, Tokyo,
Shimbashi, Shinagawa, Yokohama all the way
to Kamakura. Almost every 20 minutes, frequent
It costs JPY890 one way, takes 55 minutes
from Tokyo station to Kamakura station. If
you were interested in rather village style
atmosphere, please get off one stop before
Kamakura (one stop before is called Kita-Kamakura),
and you may enjoy walking through somewhat
remote style off-beaten trail (yet is it
only less than one hour away from Tokyo!).
The Great Buddha statue is also a walking
distance (slowly 60 minutes).
The year 1192 (i-i-ku-ni means good-country
that was their intention of samurai) started
Kamakura Bakufu, official Samurai era! Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is worth visiting shrine short walk from
Kamakura (again, also nice back-street-walk
from Kita-Kamakura station).
Enoden is slow tram-like train goes along the Pacific
Ocean, connecting Kamaraku - Enoshima (the
island) - Fujisawa. Yes, the view of shining
sea + Mt.Fuji is one of the spectacular moment
of this journey. The island is now bridged
so you can walk (no ferry) from the station.
Both Fujisawa and Enoshima have Odakyu Line as well, which means that you can arrive
direct into Fujisawa or Enoshima from Shinjuku.
If you had an accommodation booked in downtown
Tokyo, it is easy to visit all above within
one day, but it is also nice staying in Kamakura
area especially after being/seeing Buddha's
belly so you can proceed Day 2.
Kamakura Guest House
Kamakura Hase Yui House
Are you a sweets fan? Best cake in Japan
is actually in middle hill of Kamakura (nice
view of Pacific Ocean, too, from the cafe
window). It took Fusako san more than 30
years to encounter the best combination of
ingredients to serve this masterpiece with
Noritake cup of coffee or tea. Not macha
green tea nor odango nor osenbei, but it
is nice to find something good to make your
quality of life. Official website has details.
|Day 2 (Kamakura to Hakone)
|There is no direct train from Kamakura to
Odawara (and to Hakone area) but here's a
way for example.
Kamakura => Enoden (JPY300, 35 min) =>
Fujisawa => JR (JPY580, 35 min) =>
Kamakura => JR => Ofuna => JR =>
Odawara (one ticket at JPY760 one way, altogether
50 - 55 min)
Katase-Enoshima => Odakyu => Sagami-Ono
=> Odakyu => Odawara (one ticket at
JPY830 one way, altogether 100 min)
It makes so much of sense to purchase Hakone Freepass once you reach to Odawara station. 2 days
(means 1 night) or 3 days (means 2 nights)
is depending on how much you like the area,
how's the weather condition which permits
the view of Mt.Fuji (don't worry, you will
be able to have another chance in Day 3).
Some recommendation links hereunder.
Ichinoyu in Gora
Tenzan Onsen Hotspring
Yunessun Onsen Hotspring
Fuji Hakone Guest House
Gotemba Onsen Kaikan
Fuji Hakkei Hotspring
Some highlights in the area is also available
And of course, you may come back to Tokyo
by Shinkansen or Highway Bus, or will you
take Shinkansen west bound to Kyoto, Osaka,
Hiroshima? But let's think about the once-in-life
view of Mt.Fuji from the other side (north
side of the mountain is called Five-Lake,
Fuji-Goko) could be yours in Day 3.
|Day 3 (Hakone/Gotemba to Kawaguchiko)
|Since the Hakone Freepass has its validity including Gotemba,
Kawaguchiko is only short bus ride away,
and actually nice winding route it goes.
Almost every 30 - 60 minutes, there is a
bus service, and it costs JPY1,510 from Gotemba
to Kawaguchiko. If your destination is Fujisan
staion (of Fujikyuko train line), it would
be a bit cheaper. Time table and fare can
be searched at this page .
The perfect cone shape with hight at 3,776
meter, the symbol of Japan can be captured
in your eyes like Live View Today . Official climbing season is for July and
August, although, January and February has
the cleanest air with longest visivilities,
you may find detailed information at this page, please. The view from Kachi-Kachi-Yama over Kawaguchi-Ko is also spectacular.
Are you an Evangelion fan? Please do not
miss Fuji-Q Highland for the Eva Museum because we are sure that you will be excited
riding on Entry Plug !
Before coming back to Tokyo, why not soak
in onsen with mountain view, also you will
be spritually hot when sun comes over if
not the Santa Monica Bvd. but over Mt.Fuji
Hotorinite along Yamanaka-ko
K's House Mt.Fuji
Fuji Onsenji Yumedono
Fuji Yoshida Youth Hostel
Mt.Fuji Hostel Michael's
And it is only 1 hour and 45 minutes to Shinjuku or Shibuya from Kawaguchiko by direct highway bus via
Chuo Expressway. One way costs JPY1,750 per
adult, runs every hour or so. Similar fare
has another direct JR Highway Bus direct to Tokyo station, too.