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Address: Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Description: Railroad buffs in particular will enjoy a ride on this small train, which...
Railroad buffs in particular will enjoy a ride on this small train, which includes two stretches, the more scenic of which is Hakone Yumoto to Gora.
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The whole journey takes around 40 mins, and the train "switches back" 3 times during the journey. As the train goes up the slope, it switches back to the rail that goes upwards... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Hong Kong Region, China
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

The whole journey takes around 40 mins, and the train "switches back" 3 times during the journey. As the train goes up the slope, it switches back to the rail that goes upwards and in order to do that, the driver changes to the other end of the train to drive from there.A must experience especially if you are going... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Very crowded during golden week. Did not even get a seat. The train was packed. So could not enjoy the view. Also felt that view seat should be available with prior reservation for proper enjoying.

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Iceland
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35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If you are ever in Hakone, experiencing the Hakone Tozan (箱根登山) is the way to go! It can get very crowded during the tourist season, so if the train greeting me looked a bit too crowded I would wait for the next one (approx. 15 min interval between trains). The Japanese people have very strict protocol in many things, and... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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69 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It's just a old, well mantained cable car, going uphill through a forest. It's just a way of transport, and nothing to get excited about.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We stayed at the Hyatt Hakone so getting into Gora Station every day was via the Tozan Railway. The journey cost was 330JPY from where we boarded, Kami-Gora but I think it's pretty much the same anyway. It takes about 10-15 min but it's fun watching the driver do his routine at every stop, so professional and dedicated that it... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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51 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It is very interesting to know that the train is going up the hill. I am so surprised that it can be created! You must watch how the driver works. It is really beautiful when you go pass the plants.

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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Amazing japanese performance. Watch the drivers carefully. Their protocol is so strict it nearly is a theater performance

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Tokyo, Japan
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The train ride from Hakone Yumoto to Gora is fun and interesting. This slow & relaxed trip up the hills with the switchgears ( the train stops and goes the reverse way to climb to a higher level) is worth taking specially in Spring time. The hills, forests, gorges and flowers on the track are wonderful. You can get down... More 

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Easy to catch and ride up the mountain. Enjoyable and fun, stopping anywhere you like and rejoin again.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

After getting off the shinkansen at Odawara station you'll need this line in order to reach the Hakone area. Best advisable thing is to buy a Hakone pass (4.000 Yen, valid for 2 days) which will include all means of transportation on the famous Hakone loop. This railway is first of them. It is pretty slow, but scenic, with many... More 

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