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Zen Temple and Samurai Castle

(8) 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 cancelation 30 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 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 ( 8 )
Alice Alice Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Wonderful Time at Mount Fuji ”

Mori-San is a very knowledgeable and articulate guide with an expansive world view. If you wish to get in-depth information of Japanese history & culture, he is definitely the right person to accompany you on your trips. He impressed us with his planning and advice even before we meet him. We had no difficulty planning our itinerary with his guidance. Although we visited Tokyo and Mt Fuji in bad weather (heat wave and typhoon) forecasted, he made good suggestions to work around the weather, ensuring that we do not waste any precious time. Finally, he is very flexible which is important as our group which consisted of my elderly parents who have problems walking. He ensures that nobody is left out and proposed very reasonable arrangements. We were really in good hands with his help.... read more


Dear Alice, I'm glad to know that you returned home safely. Thank you for your good review. I enjoyed tourlng and talking with you and your family, too. There are more Interesting places to visit and things to do in Japan. Next time, please try to come to Japan in spring time so that you can enjoy cherry blossoms. Weather will be more stable. Thank you, and hope to see you again. Best regards, Hideki Mori

Mohamed Mohamed Bahrain ( Solo )
8 months ago

“ 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.


Dear Mohamed, Thank you very much for your review. I enjoyed talking with you, too. I hope you'll have good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Best regards, Hideki Mori

Steve Steve United States ( Family )
9 months ago

“ 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!

Pablo Pablo United States
9 months ago

“ 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.


Dear Pablo, Thank you very much for your review. I enjoyed the morning walk in central part of Tokyo with you. I hope you'll have more chance to encounter new and interesting things during your stay in Japan. Please take care and have fun. Thank you and good luck! Best regards, Hideki Mori

Jeanne Jeanne United States ( Friends )
Very Good
10 months ago

“ 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.


Dear Jeanne, Thank you for taking your time and writing a good review for me. I also enjoyed the Tsukiji market packed with tourists and the peaceful Hamarikyu garden with plum blossoms. At the same time, I enjoyed talking and exchanging ideas with you. Hope to see you in the future. Thank you and best regards, Hideki Mori

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