Hakone changes with the seasons, but is always worth the trip. Visit during winter for a better chance of clear days for viewing Mt. Fuji, or plan your stay for the fall, when the forest erupts with colorful foliage. If you want to climb Mt. Fuji, the official climbing season takes place in July and August, when the unpredictable weather on the slopes is calmer. April and June are the rainiest months, and December and January are cold (40°F) with occasional snow. In the summer, Hakone is a popular escape from the humid heat of Tokyo, with temperatures that rarely rise above 80°F.
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Enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji at this comfortable hot springs getaway.
Hakone is a convenient getaway, whether you’re visiting for a week or just for the day. Regular bus service from Tokyo to Hakone is available at Shinjuku Station, and you can catch a direct train by Odakyu Railway there as well. By train or by bus, the trip will only take about two hours each way. Be sure to purchase the Hakone Free Pass from Odakyu Railway, which offers unlimited transportation within Hakone.
Visitors from the US must have a passport that is valid for the entire length of their stay. A visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days. Visitors will be fingerprinted and photographed on entry. Please consult the US State Department website for more details and the most current travel information for Japan.
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