About Hakone Tozan train
The Hakone Tozan Railway (cable car), which opened in 1919, is the only mountain railroad in Japan.
As it is called a mountain railroad, it runs up the largest gradient in Japan and offers a special ride that is different from the trains you usually get on and off.
*As of April 2020, substitute buses are in operation between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora, and between Hakone-Yumoto and Hayakumoyama. The mountain tram is suspended throughout the day due to the loss of bridge piers and collapsed utility poles caused by landslides, and the loss of roadbed due to rainwater flowing in from the road.
If you want Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day Tour with Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-up Service, the first step is to book tickets!
If you have a discount coupon online, you can make a reservation and purchase tickets here.
How to get there
Hakone-Yumoto Station, the gateway to Hakone, is a major terminal for not only trains but also buses.
The station is also home to a large souvenir store “Hakone-no-ichi”, a sweets store “Hakone Cafe”, a “carry-on service” that delivers luggage to affiliated hotels and ryokan, and a bank ATM.
The Hakone Tozan train is not only steep, but also has tight curves. 3-car trains climb up the mountain in a bow.
There are three switchbacks on the Hakone Tozan Railway. At the point where the gradient is the steepest, there is a height difference of about 3 meters between the first and the last car of a three-car train.