Hakone is one of Japan’s favourite getaway destinations. For centuries, the Japanese has been visiting Hakone to enjoy its many hot springs, abundant nature and to enjoy the lovely hospitality of the local ryokans and restaurants. Wrapped up in a curtain of steam and surrounded by gorgeous views of Mount Fuji and green forests, Hakone is a truly romantic destination, perfect for a mini getaway during your holiday in Japan. 

We invite you to enter the Win a Romantic Getaway to Hakone, Japan! giveaway, to grab your chance to experience all that Hakone has to offer with a friend! The prize includes a night at a gorgeous hotel in Hakone and a Hakone Kamakura Pass which will grant you access not only to Hakone but to coastal towns Kamakura and Enoshima as well as unlimited rides on the Odakyu Line for 3 days! Plus, the winners will also receive return tickets on the Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar, which will get you to Hakone from Shinjuku in no time at all! 

So don’t wait and enter now! Entries close at noon the 21th of January, 2019. 

Win a romantic gateway to Hakone, Japan! PRIZE DETAILS

The THREE winners will get to share their prize with another person! The prize includes a night at Hakone Highland Hotel OR Hakone Lakeside Hotel de Yama. Plus, the winner and friend will also receive tickets to travel via the Odakyu Limited Express Romancer to Hakone, as well as a Hakone Kamakura Pass each, so you’ll get to experience not only Hakone but Kamakura and Enoshima too! 

A night at

Hakone Highland Hotel manages to be both rustic and high-class. This modern hotel tucked inside a beautiful forest was once home to a baron. The rooms are simple and comfortable, warm with wooden floors and stylish furniture. Some even come with its own private open air hot spring – just imagine the feeling of soaking in a tub while surrounded by a peaceful forest! The chef at the hotel enjoys combining Japanese techniques and ingredients with Grand cuisine concepts, so dinner here is certainly something to look forward to during your stay.


A night at

The back drop of Mount Fuji, the serene views of Lake Ashi and ever-changing gardens full of vivid flowers and greenery are just a few of the reasons why you want to stay at Hakone Lakeside Hotel de Yama. This is a classy western style retreat full of elegance in its decor and atmosphere. Stroll through the gardens and take advantage of the observatory to take in the vast nature around you. At the end of the day, you can relax in the alkaline hot spring bath and enjoy a French or Japanese meal.

*Please note the selection of the hotel will be dependent on availability – the hotels may be full on certain dates.
*The validity of this prize is between January – 30th September 2019. The blackout dates using this time are Saturdays, day before a holiday and 29-30 April, 1-3 May, 12-16 August, 2019.

Hakone Kamakura Passes

The Hakone Kamakura Pass is a nifty pass that will become your key into Hakone, Kamakura AND Enoshima. In fact, with this pass you have access to unlimited rides on the Odakyu Line, as well as other cooperating transport services in Hakone, Kamakura and Enoshima for a total of three days! There are also helpful benefits like discounted services and entry to facilities like museums and gift shops). They have over 70 partnering facilities and businesses so it’s exactly what you need for a mini getaway!

More information about Hakone Kamakura Pass


Return Trip on the Romancecar

In just 75 minutes on the Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar from Shinjuku, you’ll arrive in the gorgeous town of Hakone. The Romancecar is an all reserved seating train that connects Tokyo to Hakone, a favourite mode of travel for those going to Hakone for a getaway. The train has spacious carriages filled with plush, swivelling lounge chairs. There are on-train snack carts, and you can always grab a drink and a bento box at your departing station for the road too. The view on the other side of the large windows don’t disappoint either. Enjoy the Kanto region’s countryside during your journey to Hakone.

More information about the Romancecar

*Please note costs to Shinjuku station and Hakone station, as well as any other travel costs will NOT be covered by this prize. The winners must cover their own travel expenses. 

About Hakone

Hakone is a super accessible holiday destination that makes for a perfect addition to your travel itinerary. With the easy train services by Odakyu Electric Railway, it’s a little over an hour to Hakone from Shinjuku. Hakone was a rest stop in a major travel route since the Edo era, and has providing a place of rest and recuperation to the Japanese for centuries. Known for being a hot spring town, full of nature – featuring the grand Lake Ashi as well as Mount Fuji in its backdrop – there’s much to explore, especially when it comes to traditional culture and nature. 

Three must visit sports in Hakone 


Hakone is a mountainous area, full of thick, beautiful forests that change its colours from season to season. One way is to explore it on foot by hiking, however, to get a special view of these forests and mountains, you must take Hakone’s many unique transport systems including the mountain train and the ropeway/cable car. The mountain train zigs and zags through the mountain, while you catch scenes of the beautiful local flora, while the ropeway and cable cars travel above the mountains up and down, giving you a birds eye view of it all.


During Japan’s feudal period, the Edo period, a major travel route known as the Tokaido highway went from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. This road went right through Hakone, and they had a traffic check point known as the Hakone Sekisho. People who would stop here to go past the checkpoint and rest their travelling feet in the hot springs, which is how Hakone became such a hot spot for traditional style inns and hot springs. You can visit the reconstructed checkpoint and walk a small portion of the cedar tree lined Tokaido road between Hakone Yumoto and Moto-Hakone.


With so many accommodations and places to visit, it’s not surprise that there are many fabulous restaurants of all cuisines available in Hakone. Thanks to the abundance of nature in the area, Hakone is blessed with fresh spring water. The water makes a major difference in the cooking process, you’ll especially notice the freshness of it all when you try a nice meal of cold soba.

What’s in Enoshima and Kamakura?

The prize includes the Hakone Kamakura Pass, which allow you access into Enoshima and Kamakura as well. These are two neighbouring towns in Kanagawa Pref.’s beachy Shonan area. In Kamakura you can expect to see a large statue of Buddha, explore shrines and temples, enjoy strolling through traditional craft and local food vendors. Over in Enoshima, you an enjoy the Japanese beach culture as well as meet some adorable marine creatures at the aquarium – you can even go discovering caves and cliffs on the island’s shores.

More infromation about Enoshima/Kamakura

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Terms & Conditions

G’Day Japan! – “Win a romantic getaway to Hakone, Japan!” Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

1. Entry to the “Win a romantic getaway to Hakone, Japan!” prize draw (the “Promotion”) is limited to residents of Australia aged 18 years or over, and anyone professionally connected with it is excluded from entering.

2. The Promotion is run by JAMS.TV PTY LTD, Suite 3704, Level 37, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone (02) 9252 6307 (the “Promoter”). All enquiries regarding the Promotion should be emailed to info@gdayjapan.com.au.

3. The Promotion begins at 12:00 (AEST) on December 5, 2018, and ends at 12:00(AEST) noon on January 21, 2019, and entrants must complete and submit the survey form available on the G’Day Japan website at https://www.gdayjapan.com.au/ by then to be eligible for the prize draw.

4. Submission of an entry constitutes an acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

5. Only one entry per person is permitted.

6. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, or misdirected entries. All entries become the property of the Promoter.

7. Incomplete, indecipherable or illegible entry forms will be deemed invalid.

8. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

9. The winners will be drawn at random by the close of business on January 21, 2019 at Suite 3704, Level 37, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000.

10. Total value of the prize pool is $2170.80. This includes one night accommodation and 2 Hakone Kamakura Pass and 2 The Romancecar to be won by THREE winners.

11. Winners may claim their prizes through the following methods: i) Requesting delivery by mail to a preferred postal address in Australia, or ii) Claiming in person from Suite 3704, Level 37, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000.

12. Entrants are eligible to win a maximum of one prize from the total prize pool.

13. Prize winners do not have to be present at the time or place of the prize draw.

14. The Promoter will take reasonable endeavours to announce winners by publishing their names and state on the G’Day Japan website within 3 months of them being drawn. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for the inability to make contact with a prize winner within a reasonable time after the end of the Promotion, in which case another winner will be selected and notified as set forth in these Terms and Conditions.

15. The Promoter’s decision as to the winners of the prizes will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the conduct of the Promotion or otherwise.

16. The Prizes are not transferable, refundable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.

17. If a prize is unavailable, the Promoter, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.

18. The Promoter will not be held responsible for the loss, theft or damage to any prize after it has been awarded.

19. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to verify the eligibility and identity of any participant and to disqualify any participant who does not comply strictly with these Terms and Conditions.

20. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Promotion, including but not limited to, where arising out of the following:

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(d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions;
(e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or
(f) use of the prize.

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22. If this Promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond reasonable control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by the law to

(a) disqualify any entrant; or
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