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Zen Temple and Samurai Castle

(7) Reviews
8h $ 276 Price up to 6 people


  • Visit 600 years old Saijoji Temple at Daiyuzan
  • Soba noodle lunch at Saijoji Temple
  • Make your own coaster at Yosegi-zaiku workshop
  • Visit Odawara Castle

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276.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


9:00 Meet you at your hotel.
9:30 Take Shinkansen to Odawara station, then visit Saijoji Temple.
11:00 Saijoji Temple
12:30 After Soba noodle lunch, we will move to the Yosegi-zaiku workshop in Hayakawa to make your own coaster.
13:30 Yosegi-zaiku workshop
15:00 Visit Odawara Castle.
Back to your hotel at around 5 PM using Shinkansen.

What to Expect

* Saijoji Temple was built about 600 years ago, and is not one of those, so called, popular tourist spots. Deep in the mountain, very quiet, huge area with lots of big trees and old Zen Buildings, Garden, Training facilities for young monks. You may see Tengu there.
* Yosegi-zaiku is one of the officially designated Japanese Traditional Craft Products, you will make your own coaster at the local workshop.
* Odawara Castle, built in the 16th century, is the only one Samurai Castle located within 2 hour trip from Tokyo. There are gates and moats to stop the enemy soldiers, and in the castle tower you will learn the history of the local samurai leader, Hojo clan, fought against Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the first samurai leader who settled the whole Japan. You can enjoy the beautiful view of Sagami bay(Pacific ocean) from the top of the castle tower.

* Hayakawa Fish Market is just one station train ride from JR Odawara station, where the fishermen's restaurant offers a fresh fish meals. The sashimi dish is very good.

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  • Visit 600 years old Saijoji Temple at Daiyuzan
  • Soba noodle lunch at Saijoji Temple
  • Make your own coaster at Yosegi-zaiku workshop
  • Visit Odawara Castle


We use the public transportation.
Walking shoes are recommended..

What‘s included
Guide fee, Hotel pick up fee.
What‘s not included
Transportation fee using Shinkansen (you and guide): Approx. JPY 8000 per parson.
Using JR Pass:Approx. JPY 2000 per parson (In case you have JR pass, I may meet you at Odawara station to save guide's transportation fee.)
Lunch, Entrance fee
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Tokyo, Yokohama or Hakone
Ending Point
At your hotel, or your preferred place
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 7 )

2 weeks ago |   by Mohamed

“ An absolutely delightful experience ”

Mori-san is a great tour guide, he is highly knowledgeable and very friendly, his english is very good. He organized an amazing trip to Hakone and Lake Ashi. Would highly recommend him.

1 month ago |   by Steve

“ Perfect Custom Tour ”

Our extended family spent four days with Mori-san in Kanagawa. He put together an excellent itinerary combing tourist destinations in Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama and Odawara with experiences of traditional Japanese life. Our group included ages 17-84 and had varied interests so this was no simple task. Once he got to know us better he adjusted our plans accordingly. Mori-san speaks excellent English and is very organized while still remaining flexible and easy going. He has also travelled extensively and has many interests which allows him to be an ideal host and guide. We very much enjoyed getting to know him and learning more about Japan. Arigato gozaimas Mori-San!

2 months ago |   by Pablo

“ Excellent guide, high english proficiency. ”

Hideki is a friendly guide who showed us (a group of 2) around Tokyo. He guided us around to very specific places we wanted to go, and familiarized us with the subway system. He's friendly, proficient in English, and I can't recommend him enough.

Very Good
2 months ago |   by Jeanne

“ The Tsukiji Outer Market was a rush! ”

My day was one of contrasts. I love to visit local food markets when I travel. Hideki deftly navigated me through the bustling and colorful Tsukiji Market. Compare that to the calm and serenity found in the Hama-rikyu Gardens and the Meiji-jingu Shinto Shrine. Combined, they made for a wonderful introduction to Tokyo, all thanks to Hideki.

Very Good
4 months ago |   by Emma

“ Very friendly guide ”

Hideki was a very friendly guide who gave us good insight into a couple parts of Tokyo and how to get around. Communication was easy, and we found each other on the first day no problem.

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