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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 running.

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) => Odawara

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
Naraya Cafe
Fuji Hakone Guest House
Gotemba Onsen Kaikan
Fuji Hakkei Hotspring

Some highlights in the area is also available here

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
Maruei Ryokan
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.
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