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Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way

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6h $ 182 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. (4,000JPY = 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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182.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour service.
$ 28.21
Early Pick-Up in Central Tokyo or Yokohama, per hour (before 9:30 AM).
$ 9.10
Extra hour service (after 7:00 PM).
$ 45.50
Peak season premium per group (Mar15 to Apr30; Oct01 to Nov20).
$ 18.20
Early Pick-Up at a Hakone hotel, per hour (before 9:30 AM).
$ 18.20

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. (4,000JPY = 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:
= 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 = Odawara Castle OR Kamakura (Engakuji temple, Hasedera temple, and the Great Buddha) 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 ( 39 )
Sheila Sheila Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Amazing Guide Toshi san ”

Toshi San is an excellent and experienced guide. She is very knowledgeable in all the places she took us. She came to came to our hotel to pick us up and took us to all the placed and activities that we wanted to see and do. I have a knee problem and stairs are a problem. She went over and beyond to accommodate this. You may need to buy her a small snack, it she is totally worth it! Thank you Toshi San we will be back! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sheila! So glad to hear you had fun. I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to see how much you liked Japanese food. We had a lot to eat on the tour! Good luck black eggs in Hakone (eggs boiled in the hot spring believed to extend our lives by an extra 7 years), curry-pan (doughnut filled with curry paste), sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market, and taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with red bean paste). Let’s have ramen together next time! Hope to see you again sometime soon! PS: Snacks are not necessary, but I wouldn't say No to it. ;-)

Sandra Sandra Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ 4 hours with Toshi ”

We had a great time with Toshi. Toshi arrived at our hotel as organised and she took us where we wanted to go. She explained the metro to us, showed us buildings and explained their history. Toshi gave us the confidence to use the metro on our own and visit convenience stores etc. Thanks Toshi for helping us.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Sandra! You were here at the perfect shopping season. Many stores offer huge discounts for the "First Sale of the New Year” and “lucky bags” in the first week of January. Wasn't it fun to get your shoes at a huge discount in Harajuku? Tokyo has so much more to offer! Please come back so we can explore them together (a different season is also good). Hope to see you again!

George George Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Tokyo pt 1 ”

8 of us had a fantastic day. Toshi was totally flexible and took us to places we wouldn’t of thought to go. 4 adults and 4 teen girls had a great time. We have Booked Toshi again in a couple weeks when back in Tokyo. Thankyou

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi George! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing bright sunny weather with you! The view of Mt Fuji and the Tokyo skyline was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! We had a pretty nice vantage point, didn't we? Lucky for us, the holiday crowd had already dissipated when we went on tour. The Nissan Ginza Gallery really has something for everyone, doesn't it? It was fun to check out the latest model vehicles, VR racing, and the Macchi-Art latte. The personalized latte with the girls' portraits on them looked almost too pretty to drink. Insta-worthy indeed! Let’s explore more of Tokyo when you get back from Hokkaido. See you in a few days!

Diane Diane Viet Nam
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Perfect layover in Tokyo! ”

We had a 12 hour layover in Japan (HND) and didn't want to spend it sitting in the airport, so we researched available tours and found Triplelight to have excellent reviews. We picked T-chan as a potential guide based on excellent reviews and a humorous video she had posted to her profile. We were right! T-chan arranged a perfect tour for us. We were able to get out of the city and see some of Japan's beautiful temples, eat delicious food and take advantage of all the excellent modes of public transportation available. T-chan was a knowledgeable guide who was flexible around shopping and eating times/places. She was friendly and helpful, she made sure we were back to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Next time we are in Tokyo we will book with T-chan again! Diane Sisson

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Diane! Glad to know you both had fun; I did too! Did the tour help you stretch your arms and legs during your layover? Enoshima Island features beautiful nature, Japanese culture and religion. Exploring the cave shrine by candle light was quite an interesting experience, wasn’t it? It’s a prime example of how we blend two religions (Shintoism and Buddhism) in Japan. Let’s take a walk in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms next time! Come back soon!

Brian Brian United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Very Thoughtful and Knowledgeable ”

Toshi was a fantastic guide. She was at our hotel promptly to pick us up at the time we had accorded. She was very cognizant of my elderly parents for whom walking up and down stairs could be difficult so she always tried to find escalators and elevators. She provided many insights throughout the tour and used printed out maps and pictures to help us better understand Tokyo. I’d definitely recommend her to someone else.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Brian! I'm happy to hear you liked the visual aids I made. I do my best to give my tours a human touch and local flavor. That's not something even Google Maps can do (yet!). How do you feel about another family trip back here? (Perhaps in two years' time?) What we saw wasn't even half of the main Tokyo attractions. Spring is particularly beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It's an entirely different experience altogether! Hope to see you again soon!

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