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Getting There & Away

Most arrive in the Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone area via sightseeing cruise boats, departing from Tōgendai. From Gōra, travel to near the 1153m-high summit of Sōun-zan by funicular (¥420, 10 minutes), then transfer to the Hakone Ropeway, a 30-minute, 4km gondola ride to Tōgendai (one way/return ¥1450/2550), stopping at Ōwakudani (conditions permitting) en route. In fine weather Mt Fuji looks fabulous from here. Tōgendai can also be reached by road from Sengokuhara.

From Tōgendai, sightseeing boats criss-cross Ashino-ko to Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone between 9.30an-5pm (one way/return ¥1000/1840, 30 minutes).

Alternatively, you can hop on a bus to Hakone-machi or Moto-Hakone from Gōra, using the Hakone Freepass.