Hakone Tozan Railway

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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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Barossa-Epicure
Bowden, Australia320 contributions
Mar 2019
Fortunately we got to do a lot of this rail trip although buses were needed for a part that was closed. The countryside was beautiful even on a dull day. The old railcar creaked and rattled but was nice and warm on a wintery day.
Written February 9, 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Nov 2019
A unique ride on a historic rail line. It seems to serve the locals very well. It was a slow smooth ride with an idyllic view of the mountain scenery, shops and houses so close to the rail line. It was a short steep ride to the stop where we had to disembark in order to catch the cable car. Short but sweet ride.
Written July 14, 2020
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Adventurous Traveler
Plano, TX143 contributions
Jul 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely ride on an old tram down the mountain. There's one track and we happened to be there during hydrangea season, which lined both sides of the track. It's interesting how they work the switchbacks. The negative is the seats are a little uncomfortable.
Written January 9, 2020
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orangekitty
USA72 contributions
The Tozan railway climbs up Hakone's mountains and is what most tourists will use when arriving. Some sections are so steep that there are switchbacks where the train moves all the way forward then reverses backwards to continue up. It's quite a neat experience. This all of course makes the train quite slow, which is fantastic for sightseeing. The Tozan is entirely covered by the Freepass for unlimited rides so I highly suggest any Hakone visitor to first buy the pass. This way you not only save money but it's also extremely convenient since you don't need to figure out indiivdual ride fares (saves a lot of time and frustration). Note that the Tozan line changes trains at Hakone-Yumoto station, where continuing onwards to Odawara station the train is actually a normal style heavy gauge railway.
Written January 26, 2008
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BadgerCT
Cape Town Central, South Africa2,024 contributions
If you don't like heights, sit on the aisle. Anyone at a window will have a great view though as the train reverses and crosses over the gorge several times. One of the more fun transport options along the Hakone circuit.
Written January 26, 2010
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ChoonSeng
Johor Bahru, Malaysia142 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Suggest come early as crowd could be quite terrible if you depart late.

Good experience to ride with steep path car, good scene thought, children very happy with the ride.
Written November 28, 2018
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia695 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
At peak times in Hakone such as Peak Autumn Colour, be prepared for very lengthy queues which loop endlessly and at times extend outside most transportation terminals.
Vehicle traffic becomes congested; Hakone Tozen bus services also get held up, visitors abandon buses in favour of getting around on the Hakone Ropeway which then worsens the lengthy queues. Tourist groups are mostly Japanese who take these delays cheerfully, completely unfazed.
Plan to start your journey as early as possible, establish the first departure times, avoiding tour groups which enables a traveller to stay ahead of the queues at least for a while!
The Passes which cover the most buses, cablecar, ropeway, train, and lake cruise, are convenient. A One Day Pass on a busy day is a rushed visit, a Two Day Pass, and overnight accommodation in the area is more comfortable. A three day pass even more relaxed although further accommodation costs are incurred.
If you have a Suica Card, this can also be used on the Hakone Tozen Buses.
The Odakyu website is a very comprehensive site; an excellent tool for sightseeing planning and transportation options in the Hakone area.
Written January 15, 2017
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kawaii5
United States411 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
We took the train from Odawara to Gora and did not realize that we supposed to change train at Hakone Yumoto. When the train reached Hakone Yumoto, it stopped for a while then turned back to Odawara. We had to got off the train at the next stop and got on another train. If you come from Odawara, remember to get off at Hakone Yumoto and change.

The view of the second leg of the train was nice. It was interesting to see the train changed driver and zigzag up the mountain. I think the view would be much nicer in spring with hydrangea in full bloom. We still saw some but way passed their prime.
Written September 10, 2015
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EF71R
Singapore105 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
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 reversed direction back to Odawara station.
Written August 11, 2014
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Jay L
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
Nov 2019
Cute train up the mountain before the ropeway. Lots of little Hakone stations. Super cute and courtesy train guard announcing and checking all doors driving up.
Written November 23, 2019
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