On October 12th Hakone was hit with one of the strongest typhoons in recent history. We experiences record setting rainfall and the damage to the transportation infrastructure was significant. We are current in the process of assessing the damage and timeline for the renewal of a few roads and the Hakone Tozan Train. All hotels and attractions received little to no damage, but many are being assessed this week.
The most significant change to transportation is the Hakone Tozan Train. The heavy rain caused different sections of the tracks to wash out. The Hakone Tozan Train will be out of operation for some time.
Most operations of transportation has returned to normal with the exception of the Hakone Tozan Train line between Gora and Yumoto. The number of buses have been increased and the timetable has altered to accommodate more buses. There will also be direct buses running between Gora Station and Yumoto Station running approximately every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 12 minutes on weekends,
The Pirate Ship on Lake Ashi has resumed normal operations.
Highway buses between Hakone and Tokyo have also resumed normal operations between Shinjuku and Togendai (not to Yama no Hotel).
Most bus routes have returned to normal operation. With the exception of two main parts. One running between Gora and Lake Ashi (the Ashiyu area). The other running between Miyagino and Sengokuhara.
The Ropeway from Soun Station to Owakudani still has restarted and will connect you with Gora and Lake Ashi via the Gora cable car to Soun Station. The Owakudani area is open, but the areas accessible to visitors is still limited due to safety checks. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please contact us through Facebook Messenger with and questions or comments.
Most of Hakone has returned to normal after the record setting events of the last typhoon. We thank you for your support and concern.
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