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Hakone Tozan Railway

Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #8 of 58 Attractions in Hakone-machi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Description: 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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Singapore, Singapore
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Yes, it is true. Zig zag and switches are for this purpose. Unfortunately, we were at the end of the trip and tired, be in a zig zag and waiting for the train to show was even worst. Yes, scenery was nice and it is a challenge to spot something on top of the river (train riding on top of... More

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penang
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A lot greenery scenic on the way up, very peaceful. And you realize that there is another train that keep passing you by at the transfer point, where the opposite route train will interchange track, coz the way up is kinda of zig zag and there is only one track :) fun experience

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Victoria, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you want to get from the main station in Hakone to Gora or anywhere in between then this is the nice way to do it!! Free if you have the Hakone Freepass, but tickets can be purchased anywhere along the line. It is a lovely scenic journey up the mountain, and gets you to the start of the Cable... More

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Singapore
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you are taking the Hakone Tozan Railway from Odawara station to Gora Station (to catch the Hakone Cable Car), please make sure you change trains at Hakone Yumoto station. The does not go all the way to Gora. I made the mistake of staying in the train, when it reached Hakone Yumoto station and ended up going in the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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63 reviews 63 reviews
45 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I read somewhere that this small 2-car train ride is possibly the slowest ride ever to go 10 miles in 40 minutes. If you're in a hurry, this is a not the ride for you. This ride is only part of the travel package Hakone Free Pass purchased at Odawara or Shinjuku Stations. The train is the first leg of... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It was nice to do but no "wow-factor". Some nice views and thousand of flowers plus the cosiness of old trains is what makes it worthwhile. Not a must but not a waste of time either, so I would recommend it if you stay there for a couple of days.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Great little local railway that is surrounded by hydrangea in bloom during June/July. Loved it. Worth getting the "free pass" to tour Hakone, take the train, ferry and rope way.

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Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A lovely train ride up the mountains. The scenery was amazing and the flowers were very beautiful. The journey took us to parts that we would not have seen on the bus.

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Singapore
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4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Getting from Hakone Yumoto to Gora takes almost an hour. By bus from Tonosawa to Miyanoshita takes about 10 minutes. You can then transfer to the Hakone Tozan Railway to get to Gora (2 stops away). A pleasant train ride when it is not crowded.

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London
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A bit slow and not that interesting in itself - slowly down, slowly up - not a thrill seekers ride, but as part of the Hakone circuit it's worth doing and quite charming. You may as well see how many different modes of transport it's possible to fit into one day! Buy the Hakone pass and then it's good value.

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