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Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way

(71) Reviews
6h $ 188 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. Main tours are #1 and #2 below.
  • 1. Odawara Castle and Samurai Museum (2hrs = 700 JPY; Samurai costume rental = 300JPY)
  • 2. Mountain train, lake cruise (ferry), 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. (4,600JPY = Transportation pass) Hakone Rope way is suspended now.
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  • Options for Highlights #2 (above)
  • 2a. Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (extra 30 min)
  • 2b. Hakone Sekisho Checkpoint - Built in the Edo period, around the 17th century. (extra 1hr = 500JPY )
  • 2c. Hakone Open Air Museum - Sculptures by many famous artists, particularly Picasso. (extra 90min = 1,600JPY)
  • 2d. Hakone Art Museum - Earthenware and Japanese Moss Garden. (extra 1hr = 900 JPY; tea ceremony = 700JPY)
  • 2e. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (extra 1hr = 1,300 JPY)
  • 2f. Sengokuhara area (extra 2hrs - 30 min bus ride from Gora station)
  • 2g. Hakone Shrine (extra 1hr)
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188.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 30.08
Early Meet-up in Central Tokyo or Odawara (before 10:00AM), per hour.
$ 9.40
Extra hour service (7:00PM to 9:00PM) per hour.
$ 47.00
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30; Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.80
Early Pick-Up at a Hakone hotel, per hour (before 10:00 AM).
$ 18.80

Overview

Odawara is the gateway to Hakone. Marvel at the treasures of Odawara Castle and its Samurai Museum!
Would you like a majestic view Mount Fuji? There are a lot of ways we can do this:
= At the Mt. Fuji Lookout Point (by bus)
= On the Lake Ashi ferry
= On the gondola (Komagatake ropeway)
= At a hot spring in one of the hotels in the area

What to Expect

Konnichiwa!

Hakone is the best place to view Mt. Fuji in the winter.

Please select Highlights #1 or #2 above for the 6-hour tour. The rest (#2a to 2g) are additional options for #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 could 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 give you a taste of the real Japan.See you in Hakone!

Arigato!

SAMPLE TOUR #1 (Odawara = 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 (Hakone = 6hrs)
9:00 Meet at Odawara station
9:15 (#2) Bus to Lake Ashi
10:30 (#2) Lake Cruise (ferry)
11:30 (#2) Gondola ride to Owakudani
11:40 (#2a) Owakudani (40min)
12:20 (#2) Gondola ride
12:40 (#2) Cable car
13:00 (#2c) Hakone Open Air Museum (1hr)
14:00 (#2) Mountain train to Hakone Yumoto
15:00 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. Main tours are #1 and #2 below.
  • 1. Odawara Castle and Samurai Museum (2hrs = 700 JPY; Samurai costume rental = 300JPY)
  • 2. Mountain train, lake cruise (ferry), 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. (4,600JPY = Transportation pass) Hakone Rope way is suspended now.
  • .
  • Options for Highlights #2 (above)
  • 2a. Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (extra 30 min)
  • 2b. Hakone Sekisho Checkpoint - Built in the Edo period, around the 17th century. (extra 1hr = 500JPY )
  • 2c. Hakone Open Air Museum - Sculptures by many famous artists, particularly Picasso. (extra 90min = 1,600JPY)
  • 2d. Hakone Art Museum - Earthenware and Japanese Moss Garden. (extra 1hr = 900 JPY; tea ceremony = 700JPY)
  • 2e. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (extra 1hr = 1,300 JPY)
  • 2f. Sengokuhara area (extra 2hrs - 30 min bus ride from Gora station)
  • 2g. Hakone Shrine (extra 1hr)

Important

Please contact the guide BEFORE booking. No direct booking for this tour. HAKONE TOUR = Only on weekdays; weekends are too crowded. (Hakone hotel pick-up = depends on hotel location.) ODAWARA TOUR = Available any day of the week. ANOTHER MT. FUJI VIEW OPTION: Please check out the link for Winter Delight (Enoshima & Kamakura = 17,000JPY)

PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

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!

Train Fare / person:
= Hakone Two-Day Pass = 4,600JPY =unlimited use of bus, (gondola- suspended now), mountain train and ferry in Hokone area = most economical ticket for a day trip
= Option A: Bullet train - Round trip to Odawara from Tokyo station (35min) = 6,500JPY = Japan Rail Pass can be used.
= Option B: Romancecar (luxury train) - Round trip to Odawara from Shinjuku (75min) = 3,600JPY = reservation recommended.
= Option C: Odakyu line (regular train) - Round trip to Odawara from Shinjuku (90min.) = 1,660JPY
NOTE:
- No pick-up service outside Central Tokyo. No Tokyo hotel drop-off.
- Highly Recommended: BEST take a taxi from Tokyo or Shinjuku station to your hotel. It’s usually more cost-effective than extending the tour.

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

RAINY DAY OPTIONS = Tokyo museums OR Kamakura (Engakuji temple, Hasedera temple, and the Great Buddha)
(In the past, there was more flexibility for guests who booked multiple days as we were able to adjust the tour destination and hours accordingly.) read more

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Transportation fee (you and guide)
Hakone Day Pass (you and guide) = 4,600JPY/ person
Lunch / food / drinks (you and guide)
Entrance fee (you and guide) = Guide has pass for some attractions.
Depart From
Odawara or Tokyo
Meeting Point
Either at Odawara station, Hakone Yumoto station, Shinjuku station OR at your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama)
Ending Point
Either at Odawara station, your hotel in Hakone OR at the final destination .BEST take a taxi from Tokyo or Shinjuku station to your hotel. It’s usually more cost-effective than extending the tour.
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
10:00 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 ( 71 )
Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Toshi is a good choice! ”

Our tour with Toshi was enjoyable for she is patient, organized and full of useful tips and information. When she found out my son likes robots she located a robot exhibition that was one of the highlights of the day. After the tour she sent us an email with an overview of what we did, the type of food we ate as well as tips and photos. Toshi even had maps showing Tokyo of the past and present. My only regret is that I did not meet her earlier as I would have liked to have more than one tour with her. Next time I am back in Japan I will definitely use Toshi. Thank you,Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Doreen! So delighted to hear your son liked the Asimo show. It was amazing to see the humanoid robot run, jump, and sing. It was so cool when he spoke to your son in English. It was quite interesting to see how they developed the robots so they could do all those things, wasn't it? I'm personally quite touched by your feedback as I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even robots and Google Maps can do (not yet, anyway!). Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I was so touched that I put your Thank You card in the private memory book where I keep photos of my tours and my guests. Hope to see you again!

Michelle Michelle United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Best four days in Tokyo with Toshi! ”

Toshi took us on a 4 day tour in Tokyo. She was amazing! Toshi is funny, knowledgeable, and full of energy. She showed us all of the areas we wanted to see, explained each place in great detail and took us to eat at the best food places. We had the best time with Toshi. We highly recommend her and her English is great! Amazing tour guide. Couldn’t be happier.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Michelle and Guy! It was a lot of fun taking you around Tokyo on our 4-day tour. We went to so many places and sampled a wide variety of food & drink! (Were you able to bring home any sake?) Highlights of the tour were Tsukiji Fish Market and Shinobazu pond. You were just in time to see the pond completely covered with the gloriously beautiful lotus flowers. It was a perfect photo opp with the temple in the background. So pretty! It was gratifying to see you enjoy (premium fatty part of the tuna) at the fish market. It melts in the mouth! Promise me you'll be back with your daughters. They'll surely enjoy their Tokyo adventure too!

Hanna Hanna United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Tour of Tokyo ”

Very flexible and open. Originally we already had a schedule but since we already covered some sites she was very flexible and accommodating to change and tried to solve all our problems.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Hanna! It was great to meet you and your family. You made a good choice in Odaiba. It's both family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. Perfect for your kids and your mom! It was hard to leave the pet shop, wasn't it? The sweet 2-month old puppies were calling your name! Did you enjoy exploring the digital art museum on your own? We were lucky to get tickets at the door. (They must have been leftovers from online sales.) I hope you can all make it back in either the spring or the fall. Both have its unique charms--cherry blossoms in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. Hope to see you again soon!

Colleen Colleen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Book Toshi ASAP for your trip to Tokyo ”

Toshi met me at my hotel (where she was early) and we sat to plan the day. She presented me with maps (to keep) and off we went. She was exactly what I was looking for in a guide. She was very knowledgeable and pointed out details that I would have missed like why there are fish on top of the Imperial Palace buildings to which store Lady GaGa bought a costume from and how to correctly cleanse and bow at the temples. We crammed in a ton and she even worked longer than our scheduled tour to make sure I made it back to the hotel. I wish I had booked Toshi for my entire stay, she was fantastic.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Colleen! I'm humbled by your glowing review. It was quite an enjoyable day for me too! We managed to see both the traditional and edgy parts of Tokyo in 4 hours. The East Garden of the Imperial Palace was so serene, we could hardly believed we were in the center of Tokyo! In Harajuku, the high-tech sushi train was a lot of fun even for us grownups, wasn’t it? The chirping sound the iPad (which takes orders) gave off was a surprise. The sushi we ordered arrived via shinkansen (bullet train). So cute! Please come back soon! Let's explore the area more! Each season brings something different to Tokyo! Hope to see you soon!

Jacob Jacob United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Best tour guide we ever had ”

My family of 4 really enjoyed T-chan as our tour guide in Tokyo. Being this was our first trip to Tokyo, we wanted to make sure we had the best experience and T-chan really made sure of that. She went above and beyond for us. Explaining the history of each place as we went through. She was very informative and easy to understand. In addition she was very accommodating to our needs. Thank you T-chan for the best tour we ever had, we definitely will come back to Tokyo and request for you again.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Jacob! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. Lucky you! We could catch a glimpse of a wedding in Meiji-jingu shrine. It's a rare sight to see on weekdays. Then we enjoyed window shopping in Harajuku. So many unique stores to check out! Don’t you think so? Everything looks so colorful and cute! Who would have thought such decorative and cute ice creams are available there? What do you think about the chicken-mango and unicorn-mint shape ice creams taste like? It's picture perfect, right? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!

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