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Hakone at the end of December

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Hakone at the end of December

hello, I am planning to go one day and night in the Hakone area from Tokyo and then proceed to Kyoto. However, this will be either around Fri 21/-Sat 22 December or weekend 28/29/30 December. What's the best period considering that in the last weekend of December the holiday period begins? Also will Tokyo be empty during this same weekend? thanks

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1. Re: Hakone at the end of December

It's probably better to visit Hakone during the weekdays, perhaps on Mondays to get the best experience (as fewer guests mean sometimes cheaper hotel prices, esp. if you book on Jalan or Rakuten), and as museums in Tokyo are often closed on Monday whereas most if not all shops are open in the weekend.

Getting tickets for Shinkansen to Kyoto on 28, 29, and probably on 30th as well should be difficult. Consider the factors.

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