Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar

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Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar

Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar
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Neighborhood: Shinjuku
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lennytim828
Hong Kong, China217 contributions
Fast efficient clean
Jan 2020 • Friends
Hakone train
In the Odakyu station inside the Shinjuku station
- We had checked out where the station was the day before so it was relatively easy to get here despite the 2 heavy luggages we have with no elevator
- The signs are pretty clear
- car assigned according to your seat purchase Inside the train, seats are all reserved, spacious and runs fast
- Food and drink can be purchased from trolley food cart service
- Stop at Odawara after 1h, stop at the station for 5 min then onto hakone
- station in hakone has elevator so ppl with luggages are ok
- Fast and easy, you can buy tix on the spot if it’s not high season , if not buy online
Written February 16, 2020
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Wayfarer KC
Singapore, Singapore317 contributions
Very nice ride to Hakone from Shinjuku!
Nov 2019
You can select and pay for seats online (1,110 yen per pax) and board with the Hakone free pass (which gives access to non-express trains and a lot of attractions at Hakone). Delicious bentos is sold on board some of the trains.

There are 5 types of trains with slightly different configurations. The GSE and VSE ones offer observation decks and the seats at the decks are often sold out early, so if you are interested, do book them once the travel schedule is confirmed.
Written December 7, 2019
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL1,466 contributions
Average Train
Nov 2019 • Solo
Taking a daytrip to Hakone, I decided to utilize the Romancecar and it was ok. I purchased the tickets one day in advance and the employee really was not the friendliest and expected me to know the ins and outs of the passes available. I expected the train ride to be a scenic and joyous experience, but the morning train to Hakone was absolute chaos. The car I had was loud - full of people screaming and laughing, and there were at least two screaming toddlers. By the end of the train ride, I just stood by the lavatory as that was the only place I got peace and quiet. Coming back, the car was empty and peaceful.
Written November 12, 2019
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Ron W
4 contributions
Not worth it!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We prebooked seats and paid 4,360yen online only to have to pay an additional 980 yen each at the station - the cost of a normal ticket! The so called Romancecar train is not really any different to most other trains. Slightly bigger windows, much less space for luggage. Avoid.
Written October 6, 2019
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Marc L
9 contributions
One of the most comfortable trains in Japan
Sep 2018
The train is not called Romancecar for nothing. It is literally one of the most romantic train journeys in Japan, taking you through the suburbs of Tokyo before making it's way through the beautiful rice fields and sleepy villages. As you get closer to Hakone, you start seeing the mountains getting closer and closer. If you are lucky, you can get a seat at the very front of the train, where you get a drivers view of the whole journey.
Written July 2, 2019
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jme_noway
Los Angeles, CA102 contributions
Easy
May 2019 • Couples
The Romancecar is as romantic as you make it. Just being in Japan with my spouse, sitting side-by-side in comfortable big seats, on our way to a ryokan with a private onsen on our balcony, made it feel like a romanecar to me. 💕

We hopped on at Shinjuku Station and it takes you directly to Hakone-Yumoto Station (where most get on the Hakone Railway). It’s comfortable and relaxing in a train with big windows to take in the beautiful scenery. So if you’re first time travelers to Japan (like us) and want to make everything as easy as possible, I would book the Romancecar.
Written June 8, 2019
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Happychef222
London20 contributions
Not sure what it’s called Romance Car
Mar 2019 • Couples
We went from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Hakone . I could not activate my Green Car Pass so took this train instead . I paid extra for the front carriage . Unfortunately the weather was dire the day we went - the front windscreen full of condensation - train staff wiped it down once and for 3 minutes we could see outside - truthfully the journey is not that scenic but it was a means to an end and easy enough to get to Hakone but probably one of our most disappointing experiences whilst in Japan .
Written April 14, 2019
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traceymccarter
Scottsdale, AZ82 contributions
Easy trip to Hakone
Mar 2019 • Family
Purchased tickets ahead of time online, but also needed the JR ticket as the RomanceCar is just the "upgraded" car. Can get the Hakone Free Pass with the one way and that will cover it. Very clean and comfortable. Not meant for large baggage but if board first can find room behind the last row of seats.
Written April 2, 2019
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Judets771
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Do your research
Apr 2019 • Couples
There are a few different trains on this route. We took the SuperHakone 7- very comfortable with large windows to enjoy the view. This model also has a storage area in each carriage for suitcases. Easy trip to Hakone
Written April 1, 2019
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California4,129 contributions
Don't let the name 'Romancecar' fool you! Clean, on-time and got us from A to B.
Nov 2018 • Couples
HAKONE TO SHINJUKU
Our travel agent booked this approx. 1 hr 40 min ride from Hakone to Shinjuku (Tokyo) on the Romancecar. It's not a Shinkansen -- and not romantic in the least -- more of a squeaky rickety train with carpeted floor and poor ventilation. The station in Hakone had a couple of stores and food places where you could grab a snack, use the WC, buy gifts or buy lunch to-go, etc. Impressively, a team of cleaners were standing on the platform so they could hop on board and cleanbefore we boarded -- love the clean aspect of Japan!

ON BOARD EXPERIENCE
Luggage can be placed on the racks above your seat or behind the back seat in the carriage. (I recommend carry-on size throughout Japan for ease of travel). There are coat hooks, blinds to pull down for the sun, reclining seats and a server conveniently comes by with a cart selling drinks and snacks. There are no plugs for charging, so make sure you're fully charged before you get on board. Announcements are in English and Japanese.

NICE VIEWS
Our carriage had a variety of snorers, sneezers, coughing hackers, nose-pickers and food smells, so I can't say it was the best of our train experiences in Japan, but it was clean, on time and got us where we wanted to go. I also enjoyed the views out the window. :) If you found this review useful or informational in any way, please click the 'thank' button. Happy travels!

Side note: We took the bus from our hotel in Hakone to the train station. The luggage storage on the buses is very limited, so again, I recommend you limit the luggage you carry around Japan to carry-on size.
Written March 7, 2019
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