Hakone is a popular destination for a day trip from Tokyo and Yokohama, located 60 miles or 100 kilometers southwest of the cities. The beauties of nature – forested steep mountains, gorges, volcanic activities and a crater lake - feature in Hakone.
We'll go around Hakone, using various means of transportation to explore the mountainous area, dropping in at must-see spots.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Aki.
We'll follow Hakone's golden route and visit two major sightseeing spots – Lake Ashi and Owakudani (Great Boiling Valley), for a day trip.
Weather permitting, we'll enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Fuji from those areas. Even if we can not see Mt. Fuji, we will enjoy grand views of nature.
We can enjoy cruising on Lake Ashi by a Pirate Ship and through the sky by a ropeway (cable car), feeling the power of volcanic activities at Owakudani valley.
Hakone is also famous for its excellent hot springs. We can soak away our worries and fatigue by immersing ourselves in a hot-spring bath.
This tour presents an example itinerary for you. However, I can re-arrange it according to your requests. If you have any requests, please let me know in advance.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.
An example itinerary
Meet at JR Odawara Station, Hakone-Yumoto station, or at your hotel in Hakone
Take a bus bound for Lake Ashi
Arrive at Lake Ashi
Visit Onshi-Hakone Park; weather permitting, we can see Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi
Have lunch at a restaurant beside the lake
Board a Pirate Ship and enjoy cruising on Lake Ashi
Arrive at Togendai Port and change to a ropeway to Owakudani valley
We'll enjoy wonderful views during a 15-minute ride on the ropeway.
Arrive at Owakudani Valley and see outstanding scenes of the volcanic activity
Weather permitting, we can see Mt. Fuji from here.
Get on a ropeway to Sounzan Station where we change to a cable car to Gora Station.
Arrive at Gora.
Visiting Gora Park is an option.
Board the Mountain Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world. While descending to Hakone-Yumoto, we'll view grand scenes of gorges and mountains.
Arrive at Hakone-Yumoto station and the tour ends.
If you go to continue to Odawara station, I’ll escort you to that station.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Hakone(in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel too)
transportation fare (you and guide), admission fee (you and guide), meals
Currently, you cannot visit Owakudani Valley. Town of Hakone has set a restricted area around the Owakudani Valley due to the upgrading of Volcanic Alert Level by Japan Meteorological Agency.
I can guide you in Okinawa and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.
This tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.
We may have to change the itinerary depending on the weather and traffic conditions.
Although the cost varies according to our itinerary, a typical cost is approximately 6,000 JPY per adult person.
- transportation fare: 4,000 JPY (Odakyu Hakone Freepass: including 8 types of transportation in Hakone)
- lunch: Approx. 2,000 JPY
It's about one and a half hours by a train, although varying, depending on a meeting place.
From Tokyo, I recommend using Odakyu Romancecar or JR Shinkansen.
- Shinjuku Sta. to Hakone-Yumoto Sta.: Approx. 85min. by Odakyu Romancecar
- Tokyo Sta. to Hakone-Yumoto Sta. (via Odawara Sta.): Approx. 60min. by JR Shinkansen and Hakone Tozan Train
Yes, I can. If your hotel is located in Tokyo or Yokohama, please pay the Hotel pick-up fee.
Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.
Yes, I can meet you at the hotel and shorten the tour duration according to your request.
In this case, please contact me before booking. I'll offer you a customized tour with the duration reduced.
Yes, I can arrange a private car, and van according to your request.
The cost varies, depending on the type of car, time and mileage.
For example, it costs approximately $525 USD for 8 hours and 2 passengers.
The typical price ranges per person are, for example,
- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY
- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY
- A Chinese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY
Don't worry, I'll show you the etiquette at an onsen facility.
Onsen facilities are basically communal bathing places. There are three points to remember when bathing in an onsen facility.
1. Take all your clothes off before entering bathing area. Wearing a swim suit isn't allowed.
2. Before you get into a bath tub, wash your body at washing space.
3. Don't put your towel into a bath tub in terms of public hygiene.
Although, most of the onsen facilities don't accept people bearing a tattoo, there are several facilities tolerant of a tattoo.
Using a private bath might be a good option.
If you have any anxieties about enjoying onsen, please let me know in advance.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
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Aki was a great guide. He took us to all the places we were interested in and was flexible in his plans given our interests and needs. He clearly knew his way around the island and all the museums. Couldn't have asked for more.
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From Osaka, with Aki guiding us, we arrived on Naoshima. If it weren’t for Aki I’m afraid we’d still be wandering aimlessly around. While on the island; Aki’s knowledge of the architect represented here and the designers/artists was great. With his guidance we could just follow as had clear understanding Of how to navigate the island. This provided a pleasureable day. As I got a sense of his services and then began arranging the itinerary, Aki was incredibly quick in his responses to my many online questions. He speaks English very well. One can’t go wrong with Aki’s guidance
Dear Janis, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! It's a great pleasure for me to have guided you around a beautiful island, Naoshima. I also enjoyed touring and had a pleasant time with you. It was very nice to meet you! I hope you have a good day and go back to your home safely. Please convey my regards to your husband and friends. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
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Dear Kelli, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed a day in Nikko. I enjoyed touring with you too. I hope you are all fine after a day tour on a hot day. Thanks for coming to Nikko and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
Naoshima was a lovely day-trip destination from our port in Takamatsu. Our guide, Aki, arranged for a high speed boat for our 6-member group to travel to and from the island, which was a bracing trip and a great way to go (faster and less crowded than the ferry). We had a lovely day looking at modern art on the island, including the spectacular and very unusual Chichu art museum. Aki was very pleasant, full of information, was easy to understand (his diction is excellent), and knew how to negotiate the island in the most efficient fashion. He helped us order delicious Udon noodles for lunch (the area's famous for them), and was happy to talk about any topic we raised. A lovely, special day.
Dear Nancy, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! That’s very kind of you to say. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip to Naoshima. It was really a beautiful day. I also enjoyed touring and had a wonderful time with you, your husband, and your friends. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and Naoshima! Sincerely, Aki