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Zen Temple and Samurai Castle

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8h $ 279 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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279.00 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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Organized by HIDEKI

Licensed Guide
(3) Reviews


  • 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..

City Kanagawa

Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo, Yokohama or Hakone

Ending Point At your hotel, or your preferred place

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 6 people

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

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.


Licensed Guide

(3) Reviews

Contact HIDEKI
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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

My name is Hideki Mori.
I am a Certified Tour Guide living in the small town called Samukawa in Kanagawa prefecture south of TOKYO. I am fluent in English and Japanese.

I have total 6 years studying and working experience in USA, and visited more than 30 countries during my career. I am very interested in meeting people from different countries and exchanging ideas.
I help you discover,
1. Japanese Culture, Nature, Food, and Spirit.
2. Japanese Technologies
3. Japanese Daily Life

As your private guide, I arrange the tour according to your interests.
Here are some comments from my recent guests.

Dear Mori San, We had a really lovely time in Japan and we all absolutely adore Tokyo. You were a fantastic friend in introducing all of us to all of the wonderful things Tokyo has to offer. We will be back!! (from New York, USA)

Dear Hideki-san, For a splendid day we could enjoy with you, I like to thank you very much. You lead us with great sensitivity and we learned a lot from you that enriches us also during our continuing travel through Japan. Every shrine and temple we visit, reminds us of your words and teaching. Let us express our high appreciation of you and your guiding us, we would be very pleased to have again the chance of meeting you. (from Germany)

There are many interesting and exciting things and places in Japan.
Please let me know your plan by Email. I am more than happy to help you realize them.
MBA : Stern, New York University 1993
International student : University of California, San Diego 1975 read more

Reviews ( 3 )

Very Good
4 weeks 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.

2 months ago |   by Khalifa

“ Hokane guide ”

A friendly and kind guide, we enjoyed with him alot.

7 months ago |   by Carol

“ Perfect guide ”

We had a very nice visit to the Odawara/Hakone area made much better with Mori-san (Hideki) as our guide. Quite simply, he is everything you would want - knowledgeable, totally helpful, friendly, energetic and flexible. We like that he will take you off the beaten path, if desired. And . . . his English is excellent, so that we could ask any type of questions of him.

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