Hakone Access Map

For strangers' information, the following are the transpotations run by the two groups:

Group Carrier Mode From: To:
Goto Odakyu Rail Shinjuju, Tokyo Odawara and Yumoto
Hakone Tozan Railways Bus Odawara Lake Ashi
Hakone Tozan Railways Mountain tram Yumoto Gora
So-unzan Cablecar Funicular Gora So-unzan
Hakone Ropeway Aerial cableway So-unzan Togendai (Lakeside) via Owakudani
Hakone Sightseeing Boat Boat Togendai (North of the Lake) Moto-Hakone & Hakone-machi
Tsutsumi Izu Hakone Railways Bus Odawara Lake Ashi
Komagadake Ropeway Aerial cableway Komagadake Hakone-en (Lakeside)
Izu Hakone Sightseeing Boat Boat Kojiri (North of the Lake) Moto-Hakone & Hakone-machi

Both groups are selling free passes at bargain price, which are good for multiple trips. Be aware, however, that the ticket sold by Odakyu group is no good for Seibu Group and vise vasa. Even Japanese tourists are often confused.
If you are a businessman and dealing with big and old Japanese companies, chances are that they have a guest house or villa in Hakone and may invite you to one of them

Hakone Photo Album

The Shrine's crest "Mitsuwari giku" or
three pieces of chrysanthememun appears
on the side of the offertory box at haiden.
kofuku Kofukuji located near the Shrine had long
been sub-temple of HakoneGongen.
A statue of Fugen Bosatsu or
(Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Skt.) is enshried.
One of the very few cult objects which survived
the "Abolish the Buddha" policy after the Meiji
Imperial Restoration of 1868. An ICA designated
by Prefetctural Government.
Monument for Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716)
and Cyril Montague Birnie (1868-1958), which
stands near Kofukuji.
Kaempfer, a German museologist, visited Tokyo
in 1691 and 1692 to meet with the Fifth Shogun
of Tokuagwa Shogunate as a member of Dutch
factory. On their way, they stayed in Hakone.
Kaempfer was moved with Hakone's beauty and
intoroduced it to the world in his "Ths History of
Japan" (1727). Queen Eliazabeth II quoted his
words at the dinner table when she visited Japan
in 1975.
Birnie, a British trader, also admired Hakone and
appealed to protect it. The monument was buit
by him in 1922. The Kaempfer-Birnie Festival
takes place on November 23 every year.

kojiri Lake Ashi. Its Japanese name is "Ashi-no-ko"
{ah-she-no-koh}, or Lake of Ashi (reeds).
If weather is good, Mt Fuji is supposed to be
appearing in the center.
Yama-no-ue Hotel owned and run by Odakyu
(Goto) group. Fortunately for nature lovers,
the height of buildings are limited by law. You
will not see high rise hotels in this area.
yamanoeu htl
ryuguden Ryuguden Hotel build and operated by Seibu
(Tsutsumi) group, the arch-rival of Goto. It's a
copy of Uji Byodo-in in Kyoto. Behind the hotel
lies Komagadake mountain and sightseers can
go up there by cable cars in 7 minutes from
the station near the hotel.
The inner shrine called "Mototsu-miya" on top
of Komagadake, donated by the Tsutsumi in 1964
to comemmorate the opening of cable cars and
also the 1200th anniversary of the Shrine's
Mt.Fuji Mt. Fuji viewed at the top of Komagadake.
This is a model of the Lake Ashi area and is
displayed at the Visitor Center near Kojiri. The
Center is run by the Environment Agency.
The white pole show the location of the Center.

lake ashi
maple Although the photo here is poor, Japanese
maples show crimson foliage. The tinge is as
beautiful as sugar maples in New England and
eastern Canada. The best season in Hakone
would be mid-to-late November. The photo was
taken in the backyard of the Center.
Sightseeing boat cruising Lake Ashi operated
by the Seibu group.

See the three-colored lines, the symbol colors
of the Seibu?
seibu ship
odakyu boat Sightseeing boat operated by Odakyu (Goto)
group. One of them is named Wasa deriving from
the 17th Swedish warship Wasa now restored
and kept at Wasavarvet in Stockholm.
Cabin of the Seibu's boat. It is clean and well
maintained. The photo was taken on a weekday of
November. Though few passengers were on
board, it is heavily thronged by sightseers in
busy seasons.