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Hakone & Odawara castle your way

(34) Reviews
6h $ 176 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Hakone is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone.
  • The numbered photos correspond to the following. Please choose 1 to 3 places for a 6-hour tour.
  • 1. Odawara castle and a Samurai museum (1.5hrs = 700 JPY; Samurai costume rental = 300JPY)
  • 2. Mountain train, gondola, lake cruise and bus in Hakone - Breathtaking ride above the mountain forest. Soak in the beauty of nature. Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 5hrs round trip from Odawara. (4,000JPY = Transportation pass)
  • 3. Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (30 min)
  • 4. Hakone Sekisho - Checkpoint from the Edo period around the 17th century. (1hr = 500JPY )
  • 5. Hakone Open Air Museum - Sculptures by many famous artists, particularly Picasso. (2hrs = 1,600JPY)
  • 6. Hakone Art Museum - Earthenware and Japanese garden. (1.5hrs = 900 JPY; tea ceremony = 700JPY)
  • 7. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (1hr = 1,300 JPY)
  • 8. Sengokuhara area (30-min bus ride from Gora station)
  • 9. Hakone shrine (1hr)
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176.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour .
$ 27.28
Early pick up in central Tokyo or Yokohama ( before 9:30am, per hour).
$ 8.80
Late night service (after 7:00pm, per hour).
$ 17.60
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30, Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 17.60
Early pick-up Hakone hotel (before 9:30am, per hour).
$ 17.60

Overview

Odawara is the gateway to Hakone. Marvel at the treasures of Odawara castle and its Samurai museum.
Would you like to enjoy the scenery of majestic Mount Fuji? There are a lot of ways to do this:
= at the Mt. Fuji Lookout Point (by bus)
= on the Lake Ashi Cruise
= on the gondola (Hakone ropeway)
= at a hot spring in one of the hotels in the area

What to Expect

Konnichiwa!

Winter is the best season to view Mt. Fuji from Hakone.

Please select #1 or #2 from the Highlights section above for the 6-hour tour. The rest (#s 3 to 9) are additional options of #2.

WHY TAKE THIS TOUR?
We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.
For example, if you feel like walking, we'll go on a walking tour. If you like museum-hopping, we will visit 2 to 3 art museums.


ANYTHING ELSE?
We can also take a tour of Tokyo and Kamakura.
Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package is perfect for you!

My goal is to make your stay in Japan quite enjoyable.
See you in Hakone!

Arigato!

SAMPLE TOUR 1 (6hrs)
10:00 Meet at your hotel in Tokyo
10:30 Bullet train from Tokyo station (or Romance car from Shinjuku station) to Odawara
12:00 Seafood lunch at the Odawara fishing port
13:30 (#1) Odawara castle. There's a wonderful view of the Pacific ocean from the top floor.
14:30 (#1) Samurai museum. Samurai costume rental.
16:00 Tour ends at Odawara station

SAMPLE TOUR 2 (7hrs)
9:00 Meet at Odawara station
9:30 (#2) Mountain train
10:30 (#2) Cable car
11:00 (#2) Gondola ride to Owakudani
11:30 (#3) Owakudani (30min)
12:30 (#2) Gondola ride to Lake Ashi
12:55 (#2) Cruise to Hakone Sekisho
13;30 (#4) Hakone Sekisho to learn about history (1hr)
14:40 (#2) Cruise to Moto-Hakone
15:00 (#2) Bus to Hakone Yumoto
16:00 Drop off point : at your hotel in Hakone Yumoto

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Highlights

  • Hakone is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone.
  • The numbered photos correspond to the following. Please choose 1 to 3 places for a 6-hour tour.
  • 1. Odawara castle and a Samurai museum (1.5hrs = 700 JPY; Samurai costume rental = 300JPY)
  • 2. Mountain train, gondola, lake cruise and bus in Hakone - Breathtaking ride above the mountain forest. Soak in the beauty of nature. Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 5hrs round trip from Odawara. (4,000JPY = Transportation pass)
  • 3. Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (30 min)
  • 4. Hakone Sekisho - Checkpoint from the Edo period around the 17th century. (1hr = 500JPY )
  • 5. Hakone Open Air Museum - Sculptures by many famous artists, particularly Picasso. (2hrs = 1,600JPY)
  • 6. Hakone Art Museum - Earthenware and Japanese garden. (1.5hrs = 900 JPY; tea ceremony = 700JPY)
  • 7. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (1hr = 1,300 JPY)
  • 8. Sengokuhara area (30-min bus ride from Gora station)
  • 9. Hakone shrine (1hr)

Important

Before booking, please contact the guide. (No direct booking for this tour.) Hakone tour is conducted only weekday as the area is crowded on weekends, while Odawara tour is conducted on both weekdays and weekends. Hakone hotel pick-up depends on the location. No pick-up service outside of central Tokyo. No Tokyo hotel drop-off. Train fare: round trip to Odawara from Tokyo station (35min. ride) = 6,500JPY, from Shinjuku (75min. ride) = 4,000JPY

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo and Yokohama.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom booking.
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : October 1 to November 20

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) as it gives guests a better feel for the city. It's the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Yes! You heard that right. Public transportation IS the fastest way of getting around Tokyo. Experience the clean and highly-efficient Tokyo public transportation system!

Mt. Fuji views from Hakone:
= Relatively good in the winter.
= Could be obscured by clouds in the summer.
Ships and gondola may suspend service in bad weather.
The walking paths in Owakudani may be closed to the public when sulfur gas levels exceed an acceptable rate.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide; Hakone Free Pass 4,000JPY/ person)
Lunch / dinner (you and guide)
Entrance fee (you and guide)
*Guide has a pass for some attractions.
Depart From
Odawara, or Tokyo
Meeting Point
Odawara station, Hakone yumoto station, Shinjuku station, or at your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama)
Ending Point
Odawara station, your hotel in Hakone or at the final destination
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 34 )
Alex Alex United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Very fun and flexible day in Tokyo ”

Toshi gave us an excellent tour of Tokyo and the many things it had to offer. Very knowledgeable about the city, traditions and current events it was a day packed with information and fun. Would definitely reach out to Toshi again next time we are in Tokyo.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Alex! It was a pleasure to meet you, your son Alex, and Toppy! I was delighted to help you obtain some items on your wish list. Wasn't it fun window-shopping for kitchen tools in Kappabashi Street? You made a good choice in picking a high-quality copper dome cover for cooking (teppanyaki). It comes from an area known for hand-hammered metalcraft, Tsubame-sanjo City. It was a relief to find your favorite clothing store in Shibuya. We were also quite lucky to witness two festivals in Asakusa. Three days in Japan is not enough. Come back to see the cherry blossoms (in the spring)! Let's explore the area more!

Roine Roine Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Delightfully informative day in Tokyo with Toshi ”

Toshi is a delightful and knowledgeable guide. We could not have chosen a better guide for our Tokyo visit. It was amazing how she could pack so much into a one day visit! We asked to see a lot of places and we saw them and more. What an exciting city to visit. Toshi made us feel that we really need to come back for another visit and stay longer. We learned a lot about Japanese history, culture, customs, architecture, food, and Japanese life in general. She was extremely considerate,gracious and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for more. Arigato!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Roine. So glad you liked my architecture tour. The luxury brands' flagship buildings in Omotesando captured the brands' essence quite well, don't you think? Have you ever seen as many unique-shaped buildings in one place as in Odaiba? The Fuji TV building really stands out with its sphere-shaped observatory deck on the top floor. For another excellent example of Kenzo Tange's work, we should visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku) next time. Hope to see you again or matane in Japanese!

nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ T-chan was just what we needed to see the sights of Tokyo ”

My husband and I booked a four-hour tour with T-chan. She worked with me in advance of our arrival to determine what sights we wanted to see and was super easy to work with. Her English is excellent and there were no issues with communication. She met us at our hotel and we walked to the subway station. This was planned out and I believe she will accommodate to individual requests. She showed us how to buy subway cards and how to recharge them, etc. It was so nice to just follow her and not worry about getting lost. She took special consideration to our needs and was really a perfect host. She answered all of my random questions and was very easy to talk to. We had a lot of fun and we recommend her to anyone looking to book a guide in the area. We will 100% book T-chan again for our next t... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you Nico-chan! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Wasn't it fun to sit back and relax in the self-driving train as we enjoyed a lovely view of Tokyo Bay? Was it just me or did the sushi actually taste better after seeing the sushi chef make it for us? The Macchi-Art latte in Ginza was a pleasant surprise! The personalized latte was made even more special with a loving couple's image on it (that's you!). Technology is amazing! I hope to see you back in Tokyo soon. There's always something new to see as the city is ever-changing. It would be fun to explore those new places with you next time. Take care!

Sandra Sandra United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Enjoyable day in Yokohama ”

Toshi met us at the cruise terminal for our 4 hour tour. We walked a lot along the area near the ship. She adjusted the itinerary per our request and took us to a traditional Japanese dance competition. We then set about 2 hours in Chinatown where we had lunch and walked the streets stopping at one temple. On our way back to the ship we walked through a pretty gardens. Her English is excellent.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you for the kind review, Sandi! It was indeed an enjoyable day! So what do you think of the Yosakoi dance? Wasn't it grand? Who would have thought traditional folk dance could mix well with rock’n roll? Can you remember the clothes of each of the dance teams? They wore their own distinctive modern Kimono. Next time, let’s explore Yokohama Sankeien garden together! It is like an antique architectural themed park. You would love it! Hope to see you again!

debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A perfect guide to show us Tokyo ”

T-Chan (Toshi) was so knowledgeable and professional ... Even before we arrived in Tokyo she answered our questions and helped us create an itinerary perfectly suited to our interests. Once we arrived, she was so accommodating - and her kind, generous personality made the trip even more fun. My highest recommendation !

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Debbie! It was lovely to meet all of you. We, girls, had a great time shopping at Asakusa. Two hours was not enough to see all the stores there. It was good to see your husband having fun "fighting" against the sword master at the Samurai Museum. On a different note, I hope your father's book (which you co-wrote) is well-received in Japan!

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