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Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way

(67) Reviews
6h $ 184 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, gondola, 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)
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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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184.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 29.44
Early Meet-up in Central Tokyo or Odawara (before 10:00AM), per hour.
$ 9.20
Extra hour service (7:00PM to 9:00PM) per hour.
$ 46.00
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30; Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.40
Early Pick-Up at a Hakone hotel, per hour (before 10:00 AM).
$ 18.40

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 (Hakone 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, gondola, 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)
  • .
  • 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.

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, 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 ( 67 )
Jacob Jacob United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks 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!

Paul Paul United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Perfect Tokyo experience ”

Tchan was the perfect guide for our family. Warm, kind, and informative, T-chan both took us to parts of the city we would not otherwise have visited, and gave us an insiders view of those places that are frequented by tourists. Her restaurant selection both days made the experience even more memorable and her ability to communicate her deep knowledge of the tradition and culture of each place we visited helped our kids grasp the significance of this opportunity.

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Paul! (Thank you) So glad to hear you enjoyed our two-day tour. It’ fun to walk around Kagurazaka, wasn’t it? The amazing parts were the preserved traditional wooden houses and establishments in narrow back alleys. And who would think we would find a gem – a classic Japanese restaurant, at the narrow end of one of the alleys there. The guest room that we were ushered into was unexpectedly beautiful because of its decorative alcove. The whole place was undoubtedly Japanese, thanks to the female staff in Kimono, wasn’t it? Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you! Matane! (Hope to see you again!)

Theodros Theodros United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Very friendly guide ”

Toshi was always on time for our meeting. She asked us what we wanted to do and made good suggestions. She was always responsible and accomodated my mother's needs.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Theodros and Fantaye! The weather was indeed very cooperative on our tour dates. We were quite lucky to see the traditional festival (Sanja Festival) and portable shrine parades in Asakusa. We had so much fun shopping! Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together (on a different season perhaps?). Hope to see you again!

Lavina Lavina United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tokyo Visit ”

Toshi made our first day in Japan most memorable as she walked us through the process of purchasing IC cards for transportation. Also, she made every effort to ensure that we walked away from our tour at Asakusa, Harajuku, and Shinjuku with loads of knowledge and a genuine appreciation for the Japanese culture. Lastly, Toshi has made a lasting impression on us because she made us comfortable in a new environment and most importantly we felt as though we were apart of her family!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, sis! Being with you was like spending the day with a younger sister. Girl talk is fun while window-shopping! So glad you enjoyed the many stores in Asakusa and Harajuku. The 3D Latte Art was undoubtedly the highlight of our tour. You and your daughter are quite good at researching these places. Our lattes came with foam art of Totoro, an elephant, and Hachi-ko (the faithful dog). They were almost too cute to consume! The photos don't do them justice. With your daughter's wonderful attitude and keen interest in Japanese culture, I'm quite sure she'll have fun spending more time here in the future. Come join her! Harajuku is an ever-changing town. Please come back and let me show you more of "my" Tokyo!

Virginia Virginia United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very knowledgeable guide! ”

Toshi was a wonderful guide for us in Tokyo. She is kind, very intelligent, and has a very good sense of humor. She provided a good summary of Japanese history and culture as we toured, including the basis of Shinto and the assimilation of Buddhism in Japan. We highly recommend Toshi!

Toshi(T-chan):

Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour, Virginia! I aim to please! It was great to spend time with you and your husband. Your suggestion of an early start was inspired. We were able to make the most of the beautiful weather and managed to see a lot of places before the weekend crowd came. As you mentioned, most Japanese people are raised observing both Shinto and Buddhist practices and rituals. They're both part of our unique culture. Enjoy the rest of your stay! Hope you can come back soon? Autumn perhaps? There's so much more to see and experience!

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