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Hakone & Odawara castle your way

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6h $ 178 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Hakone is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone. *NO PEAK SEASON PREMIUM for this tour.
  • 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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178.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour .
$ 26.70
Early pick up in central Tokyo or Yokohama ( before 9:30am).
$ 17.80
Late night service (after 7:00pm).
$ 17.80

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. *NO PEAK SEASON PREMIUM for this tour.
  • 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

Hakone tour is conducted only weekday as the area is crowded on weekends, while Odawara tour is conducted on both weekdays and weekends. No pick-up service out side of central Tokyo.

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!

No Tokyo hotel drop-off.
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.
Mt. Fuji views from Hakone:
= Relatively good in the winter.
= Could be obscured by clouds in the summer.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide)
Lunch / dinner (you and guide)
Entrance fee (you and guide)
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 ( 27 )
Brendan Brendan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Perfect guide for first day in Japan! ”

Toshi took us out on a half day tour in Tokyo on our first full day in Japan. We went to the Imperial Palace, Tsujiki fish market, and Asakusa. She also taught us how to buy tickets for/use the metro system and order sushi in a sushi restaurant! Toshi gave us lots of tips for the rest of our stay in Tokyo and we really appreciated all of the historical knowledge she was able to share about the sites we visited. We'd definitely recommend her as a guide!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Brendan! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. It was a miracle that there was no queue at the Tsukiji outer market restaurant. The counter seats right in front of the sushi chef was the best way to see him at work. Let me show you the new fish market in Toyosu next time! It opens in October 11. Hope to see you again soon!

Zachary Zachary United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Energetic half day tour ”

We had limited time in Tokyo but also wanted to make sure we got to see the old fish market before it closed as well as some of the newer sites in Odaiba. Toshi was great in showing us around both places. Highly recommend.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Zach and Trae! It was fun to see you enjoy My Tokyo! We saw quite an interesting contrast between sights: a combination of the past, the present, and the future. Our day started at the traditional fish market in Tsukiji. We also saw the new fish market buildings in Toyosu which will start operations next month. The view from the front part of the self-driving train was spectacular wasn't it? (One can pretend to be "driving" the train from those front seats.) We were just in time for the scheduled Gundam statue transformation from "unicorn mode" to "destroy mode". Now, that was something! We capped the day with a visit to the Miraikan Science Museum (mirai = future). Come back soon so we can sample the sushi at the Toyosu Fish Market! I can't wait to take you to the best sushi ba... read more

Chima Chima United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Best vacation ever! ”

I visited Tokyo from Washington, D.C., for the first time with my wife and 2 sons (aged 14 years and 5 years). We contacted T-chan and arranged for a 2 day tour across Tokyo and Yokohama. Our experience was excellent and exceeded our expectations! We met with her at our hotel lobby on both days on time and as planned, we used public buses and trains to get to our destinations (which was exactly what we wanted). On the first day in Tokyo, we visited the Meiji shrine, Tsukiji fish market (where we went to a traditional restaurant and had a delicious sushi meal), visited Ginza, Archibara and then the Shibuya crossing where we also took part in the crossing (what an experience!). On the second day, we went to Yokohama and visited the Minatomirai 21 wharf area, Yokohama Landmark Tower (which ga... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Chima! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing beautiful sunny weather with you. It's a Japanese belief that when children behave well, the weather would be great on their next "big event" (e.g. a school trip). Your children must have been on their best behavior prior to the tour as the weather was perfect! The view of Yokohama Bay from the Yokohama Landmark tower was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! Our lunch, Tonkaktsu (fried pork cutlets) was yummy, wasn’t it! Please keep in touch. Next time, let’s visit Kamakura for Zen temples! Hope to see you again sometime soon!

Ralph & Elizabeth Ralph United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Loved our Tour! ”

We loved our tour with Toahi! She was prompt, easy to understand, and you could tell she enjoys what she does. Made our trip productive and enjoyable.

Toshi(T-chan):

I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me, Ralph! Ningyoyaki – a doll-shaped pancake stuffed with sweet bean jam- was tasty, wasn’t it? Japan has rich and unique food culture. I hope to show you Depachika, the food section of the department stores on your next trip! The display is amazingly beautiful like “Food Museum”. You can sample Sake there, too. Come back soon!

Dan Dan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great day with Toshi in Tokyo! ”

My Girlfriend and I recently visited Japan for the first time. We started in Osaka/Japan where we hired a guide from TripleLights in that area. We had such a great time with her, when we got to Tokyo, we decided to use TripleLights again, and chose Toshi. Toshi was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and confident. Those of you who don’t know Tokyo, it can be quite a daunting task to navigate your way to all the points of interest, as there are so much to see and every destination is a minor challenge to find (even with a smart phone and TripAdvisor at hand). A lot of time and walking can be wasted as you’re searching for your destination. From the very beginning, Toshi had planned out our route based on the time that we requested, and she knew every little turn, short cuts, and... read more

Toshi(T-chan):

It's great to hear from you again, Dan! I am happy to hear you had a fun day with me! Owls were amazing! They were well trained, weren’t they? Owls are believed lucky birds in Japan. There are more hot spots in Tokyo. A digital art museum is scheduled to open in this month in Tokyo. You need to check it out! Hope to see you again.

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