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Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way

(47) Reviews
6h $ 180 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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180.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 27.90
Early Meet-up in Central Tokyo or Odawara (before 9:30AM), per hour.
$ 9.00
Extra hour service (7:00PM to 9:00PM) per hour.
$ 45.00
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30; Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.00
Early Pick-Up at a Hakone hotel, per hour (before 10:00 AM).
$ 18.00

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 and Yokohama.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= 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) = 4,000JPY/ 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 ( 47 )
Sharon Sharon United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Custom Tokyo tour ”

We had a wonderful day with TChan! She navigated the train and subway system for us so there no wasted time. She was very personable and knowledgeable about Toykyo and Japanese culture. She customized our visit for 62 year old woman with daughter in law and grandsons ages 10 and 12. We had a very memorable day and made a new friend. Thank you Toshi🌸💗

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sharon! We had a good start when we took in the wonderful view of Mt. Fuji from Odaiba. What did you think of the view of the 2020 Olympic venue from the train on our way to Toyosu? At Ueno Park, the cherry blossoms seemed to welcome us. So sweet! The photo you took of the cherry blossoms in full bloom with the shrine in the background is very Japonesque. It was great to see your grandchildren having fun at the Samurai Museum. The sword practice with the samurai master (sensei) will be seared into their memory for quite a while. I hope you can make it back here in the early summer to see the lotus flowers in Ueno Park. See you then!

Sandeep Sandeep Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Friendly and Help6 ”

We had a short time to go to many places. Having a local guide was very helpful. Toshi spent a lot of time even before the tour day to see we get good value for our limited time. She was also very patient and fun to be worth. And of course, showed us special spots that were a treat. Thank you Toshi-chan.

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Sandeep! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. You raised a very well-behaved young man. The highlight of our tour was the Sensoji Temple night view in Asakusa. It looks like a jewel glowing in the night! I hope your photos came out well. The magical serene atmosphere was a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of daytime Tokyo, wasn't it? Please come back soon! How about enjoying the charms of Tokyo in a different season? Let's explore the area more!

Sanjay Sanjay United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Highlights of Tokyo ”

We had an enjoyable time with T-chan. She was pleasant and knowledgeable. She met us at our hotel both mornings and we proceeded to to see some of the key areas and sights of Tokyo. Overall she was a great guide.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sanjay! So glad to hear you had fun. I did enjoy our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to know you and your family liked yaki-soba and yaki-udon. Cooking okonomiyaki at the table was quite an interesting Japanese experience, wasn’t it? I am curious about which place you like better, Harajuku or Akihabara? Please come back, as Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Matane! (see ya in English)

Miranda Miranda United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Awesome Tour! ”

Toshi was an amazing tour guide! Not only did she take us to the places my kids and I wanted to visit in Harajuku, she also led us to shops and photo ops that we didn’t know about. We had a lot of fun and learned about the area as we experienced Tokyo with Toshi. Would definitely recommend booking her for your next visit!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Miranda! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots your daughters wanted. Purikura photos from the cute photo booths are particularly good souvenirs. You now have quite a collection of memories for your *******: the rainbow-colored cotton candy, the cosplayers (from the cosplay store), the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!

Troy Troy Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide - recommend highly ”

Our family of four spent a six hour day with Toshi in Edoshima and Kamakura. The day was excellent, and Toshi was a wonderful guide. She is a lovely person, with a great deal of knowledge and a friendly open style. We have already recommended her tours to personal friends, and will continue to do so for anyone we know visiting Tokyo and area. Thank you, Toshi - our day with you was a highlight for our trip!

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Troy! It was fun for me too! The Mt. Fuji view over the Pacific Ocean from Enoshima was quite breathtaking, wasn't it? Winter is a good season to stroll around the area as there are no crowds – no queues! It turned out to be a foodie tour, too. We had sushi, seafood BBQ, purple potato ice cream, karaage (fried chicken), manju (traditional dumpling), etc. It was fun to see your family enjoying the local delicacies. Please come back soon. There is an even wider variety of food in other seasons. Let's sample them together!

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