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Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way = please contact the guide before booking

6 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi(T-chan).

  • 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. Lake Ashi cruise, gondola ride, and Mountain train(suspended now) and bus in Hakone - Breathtaking ride above the mountain forest. Soak in the beauty of nature. Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 6hrs round trip from Odawara. (4,600JPY = Transportation pass)
  • 3. Lake Ashi cruise and gondola ride to the top of Komagatake mountain - Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 6hrs round trip from Odawara. (3,000JPY = Transportation pass)
  • 4. Onsen - Relaxing at a day spa (approx. 2,500JPY/person)
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  • Options for Highlights #2 & 3 (above)
  • 2a. Suspended now = Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (extra 30 min)
  • 2b. 3b. 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. 3e. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (extra 1hr = 1,300 JPY)
  • 2f. Sengokuhara area (extra 2hrs - 30 min bus ride from Gora station)  ---
  • 2g. 3g. Hakone Shrine (extra 1hr)

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What to Expect

* HAKONE is now on the process of the recovery from the damage of the typhoon hit in Oct. 12. The sightseeing places are limited.


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

Please select Highlights #1,#2 or #3 above for the 6-hour tour. The rest (#2a to 2g) are additional options for #2.
*Hakone Ropeway is suspended now.

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.

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!


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 - suspended now
11:40 (#2a) Owakudani (40min)
12:20 (#2) Gondola ride -suspended now
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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Departure & Return

Depart From Odawara or Tokyo
Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

= Transportation fee (you and guide)
For example The guide’s transportation round trip from home to Odawara, and other expenses will be shouldered by the clients. (tranportation cost = 4,432JPY plus day pass)
= Hakone Day Pass (you and guide) = 4,600JPY(#2) or 3,000JPY(#3) per person
= Lunch / food / drinks (you and guide)
Please cover the guide's lunch.
= Entrance fee (you and guide) = Guide can access to most attractions for free.
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.


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 = 20,000JPY)

I may be able to move things around for those who book me for at least two days. This means, if I can reschedule some appointments in closed slots, I will be able to reopen them for multiple day bookings. It's not guaranteed, but it's worth a try! Send me a message :‑)

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/ 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 and custom tours) = 1,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 20 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 10

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).

Train Fare/person:
= Hakone Two-Day Pass = 4,600JPY =unlimited use of bus, gondola, mountain train (- suspended now) and ferry in Hokone area = most economical ticket for a day trip
= Hakone Tabitasuke Pass = 3,000JPY =use of bus, gondola, and ferry in Lake Ashi area
= 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

= 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.
= The guide’s transportation round trip to Odawara, and other expenses will be shouldered by the clients. (tranportation cost = 4,432JPY)

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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 84 )
4.9 (84) Reviews
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Janusz  Janusz United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Excellent day tour of Tokyo in the rain ”

We are retired couple from US. We chose Toshi as our day trip guide based on her video, and exvellent choice it was. After spending time on selecting attractions in Tokyo to visit during the day, everything had to change due to quite strong rain all day. Toshi showed up in thr morning with new ideas what to do and we just followed, having a lot of fun with her, getting to know Tokyo in different way than we planned originally. We visited museum, some shopping in big and small shops, some littlr restaurants and tea place, interesting streets and people watching. Also some places we could visit like Shibuya crossing and viewing point Shibuya Sky above. All the time Toshi kept us occupied talking about history and traditions of Japan, also less serious but quite teresting facts about life in ... read more


Thank you, Janusz! It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife. The Edo-Tokyo Museum exhibits a combination of Japanese arts and culture. The interior tour of a traditional Japanese house was a unique experience, wasn’t it? I felt like I was visiting my grandmother’s home. In the old days it’s common to have a small Shinto shrine at home in the living room. Glad to see you enjoyed the Tonkotsu Ramen in Harajuku. It was a perfect lunch for a cold day. We got all warmed up. We barely scratched the surface of Tokyo so please come back. Hope to see you again!

Madeline Madeline Singapore ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ A fun and lovely day in Tokyo ”

Toshi is an excellent guide. I have a fun and lovely time exploring Tokyo (Imperial Garden, Tsukiji Market, Harajuku and Shibuya Area) with her. She is nice, friendly, patient and engaging. I have learned a lot about Tokyo (the history, culture, transportation system) from her. She is helpful and always willing to go the extra mile to answer my enquiries and give good recommendations/ travels tips about Tokyo. I have enjoyed the tour. Thank you very much, Toshi (:


It was a pleasure meeting you , Madeline! I felt like I was travelling with a family member. We were lucky to have witnessed two special events as they were only available in this week. The Imperial Palace was open to the public for fall foliage. The combination of traditional castle structures and red Japanese Maple leaves was breathtaking, wasn't it? Another lucky coincidence was that we could see the ceremonial shrine for Daijosai ( The first annual harvest festival performed by the new emperor ). As a matter of fact, the virtual reality experience in Harajuku was quite fun! Glad to see that you enjoyed finding Kawaii ( cute ) stuff in Takeshita streeet. Enjoy the rest of your stay and I hope to see you again!

Anthony Anthony United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Kamakura Day Tour ”

Toshi made the day tour of Kamakura very seamless. Her tours are just the right amount of walking including a variety of historic sites. She even went out of her way at the end of the day to take us to see the beach in Kamakura. We also enjoyed trying the sardines over rice, which is a cuisine known in Kamakura.


Arigato Anthony! So delighted to know you and your girlfriend had a ball on our Kamakura tour. ( I know , I did.) Our tour started by walking up the hill to get a view of the snow-capped Mt. Fuji at the Engakji Temple grounds while indulging in the serene atmosphere. We were also quite lucky to have been at the Tsurugaoka Shrine just in time for the Shichi-Go-San ( 7-5-3 ) and the Wedding Ceremony. The kimono-clad children were pretty well-behaved, don't you think? This is just the beginning of our adventure as there are more unique shrines and temples in Kamakura to uncover. Hope to see you soon! :)

Tonia Tonia United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ A day in Tokyo ”

We had a wonderful time with Toshi. She was prompt and very welcoming. She met us early and took us all around Tokyo. She knew a great deal about the places we visited and we learned a lot. Our schedule included a lot of walking but she was full of energy and good cheer. She has a great sense of humor. I would recommend Toshi to anyone who wants an energetic knowledgeable guide in Tokyo. Thank you Toshi!


Thank you, Tonia and Ed! So glad you enjoyed your layover-weekend in Tokyo. We took advantage of the day by starting our tour early. Sensoji Temple and Asakusa Shrine were so peaceful. Koi fish welcomed us! The exhibition of the Edo-Tokyo Museum was interesting, wasn’t it? Japan is an island country and we had an isolation policy for over 200 years. That’s why we are still preserving such a unique culture. Please come back soon! There's so much more I have to show you!

Mariluz Mariluz United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ 6+ hours in Tokyo ”

My time in Tokyo with Toshi was very enjoyable. Toshi knows so much about the history of Japan and every little corner of the city. I asked her to visit specific sites and she delivered them beautifully. Toshi is graceful and calm which made for a very delightful day. Thank you, Toshi! I will be back!


Thank you, Mariluz! Glad to know you had fun; I did too! You requested a shopping tour for products made in Japan such as organic cosmetics, ceramics, stationaries, and green tea. What do you think of Ginza stores? I felt like as if we were doing museum-hopping as products were so beautifully displayed. Don‘t you think so? Our next stop was a small shopping mall with unique artisan works. There are more stores you need to check out! Please come back to Tokyo in spring so that you can see the cherry blossoms. Hope to see you again.

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