Hakone One Day Customized Tour

Day Trip

Aki T.

4.78(49) reviews
Hakone
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Hakone is a popular destination for a day trip from Tokyo and Yokohama, located 60 miles or 100 kilometers southwest of the cities. The beauties of nature – forested steep mountains, gorges, volcanic activities and a crater lake - feature in Hakone.

We'll go around Hakone, using various means of transportation to explore the mountainous area, dropping in at must-see spots.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At Odakyu Hakone-Yumoto Station, JR Odawara Station, or your hotel in Hakone

Breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji, depending on the weather condition

Cruise on Lake Ashi surrounded by steep mountains, boarding a Pirate Ship

Enjoy the views during a ride on a ropeway cruising through the sky

Feel volcanic power at Owakudani, or Great Boiling Valley smoking furiously

Ride on the Mountain Railway and see the grand views of the gorges and mountains

See a demonstration of amazing wooden puzzle boxes made in Hakone

Enchanted by wonderful art works with stunning Hakone's nature behind

Soak in an excellent onsen, hot-spring bath if you like

Please refer to What to Expect for more details

Ending Point

At Odakyu Hakone-Yumoto Station, JR Odawara Station, or your hotel in Hakone

What to Expect

We'll follow Hakone's golden route and visit two major sightseeing spots – Lake Ashi and Owakudani (Great Boiling Valley), for a day trip.

Weather permitting, we'll enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Fuji from those areas. Even if we can not see Mt. Fuji, we will enjoy grand views of nature.

We can enjoy cruising on Lake Ashi by a Pirate Ship and through the sky by a ropeway (cable car), feeling the power of volcanic activities at Owakudani valley.

Hakone is also famous for its excellent hot springs. We can soak away our worries and fatigue by immersing ourselves in a hot-spring bath.

This tour presents an example itinerary for you. However, I can re-arrange it according to your requests. If you have any requests, please let me know in advance.

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions.

An example itinerary

09:30 am

Meet at JR Odawara Station, Hakone-Yumoto station, or at your hotel in Hakone

10:30 am

Take a bus bound for Lake Ashi

11:00 am

Arrive at Lake Ashi

Visit Onshi-Hakone Park; weather permitting, we can see Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi

12:00 pm

Have lunch at a restaurant beside the lake

01:15 pm

Board a Pirate Ship and enjoy cruising on Lake Ashi

01:45 pm

Arrive at Togendai Port and change to a ropeway to Owakudani valley

We'll enjoy wonderful views during a 15-minute ride on the ropeway.

02:15 pm

Arrive at Owakudani Valley and see outstanding scenes of the volcanic activity

Weather permitting, we can see Mt. Fuji from here.

03:00 pm

Get on a ropeway to Sounzan Station where we change to a cable car to Gora Station.

03:30 pm

Arrive at Gora.

Visiting Gora Park is an option.

04:30 pm

Board the Mountain Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world. While descending to Hakone-Yumoto, we'll view grand scenes of gorges and mountains.

05:30 pm

Arrive at Hakone-Yumoto station and the tour ends.

If you go to continue to Odawara station, I’ll escort you to that station.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Hakone(in this case, please pay the guide's transportation fare from your hotel too)

What‘s not included

transportation fare (you and guide), admission fee (you and guide), meals

Important Information

I can guide you in Okinawa and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale. If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.

This tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.

We may have to change the itinerary depending on the weather and traffic conditions.

Cancellation Policy

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Besides guide fee, how much does it cost for a one-day tour?

Although the cost varies according to our itinerary, a typical cost is approximately 6,000 JPY per adult person.

- transportation fare: 4,000 JPY (Odakyu Hakone Freepass: including 8 types of transportation in Hakone)

- lunch: Approx. 2,000 JPY

How long does it take to get to Hakone from Tokyo?

It's about one and a half hours by a train, although varying, depending on a meeting place.

From Tokyo, I recommend using Odakyu Romancecar or JR Shinkansen.

For example:

- Shinjuku Sta. to Hakone-Yumoto Sta.: Approx. 85min. by Odakyu Romancecar

- Tokyo Sta. to Hakone-Yumoto Sta. (via Odawara Sta.): Approx. 60min. by JR Shinkansen and Hakone Tozan Train

Can you pick me up at my hotel in Tokyo/Yokohama?

Yes, I can. If your hotel is located in Tokyo or Yokohama, please pay the Hotel pick-up fee.

Guide’s transportation fare to the place is also required to be paid.

I'll be staying at a hotel in Hakone. Can you pick me up at the hotel in Hakone?

Yes, I can meet you at the hotel and shorten the tour duration according to your request.

In this case, please contact me before booking. I'll offer you a customized tour with the duration reduced.

Can you arrange a private car? How much does it cost for a car?

Yes, I can arrange a private car, and van according to your request.

The cost varies, depending on the type of car, time and mileage.

For example, it costs approximately $525 USD for 8 hours and 2 passengers.

What is the price range of lunch in Hakone?

The typical price ranges per person are, for example,

- A Japanese style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY

- A Western style restaurant: 1,500 yen to 3,000 JPY

- A Chinese style restaurant: 1,500 to 3,000 JPY

I'm a first-timer for onsen bathing. Could you tell me onsen etiquette?

Don't worry, I'll show you the etiquette at an onsen facility.

Onsen facilities are basically communal bathing places. There are three points to remember when bathing in an onsen facility.

1. Take all your clothes off before entering bathing area. Wearing a swim suit isn't allowed.

2. Before you get into a bath tub, wash your body at washing space.

3. Don't put your towel into a bath tub in terms of public hygiene.

Although, most of the onsen facilities don't accept people bearing a tattoo, there are several facilities tolerant of a tattoo.

Using a private bath might be a good option.

If you have any anxieties about enjoying onsen, please let me know in advance.

Reviews

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Jerome G.

Mar 21, 2020

Delightlful ....

Aki was very easy to work with and accomodating to our group of 6. As requested, he put together a 3 day itinerary for us based upon our interests and desired activity level. He is quite knowledgeable about "all things Tokyo" as well as the Japanese culture and history. He is a master of the Tokyo transit system and without him we would have had a difficult time navigating around. We asked Aki to join us during our lunches to show our appreciation and to be able to converse with him on a more personal level. He was always early to arrive at our hotel for pick up. I would highly recommend him.

Aki T.

Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. It was my pleasure to have guided you and your friends. I enjoyed touring and had a wonderful time with you too. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki

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Jerry M.

Oct 14, 2019

Invaluable

We spent three days with Aki, exploring the Setouchi Trienniale , using Takamatsu as a home base. We never could have done this without him. We had a great time. Thanks again Aki.

Aki T.

Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! I enjoyed touring around the Setouchi islands and had a wonderful time with you too. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and having me as your guide! Sincerely, Akio

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Jerome E.

Sep 7, 2019

Aki gave us a great opportunity to experience Kamakura in a tight schedule

We had only 5 hours to visit Kamakura....and gave Aki an almost impossible mission. He succeeded! We saw all of the major sites and enjoyed the wonderful explanations that Aki provided with clear and nuanced English.

Aki T.

Dear Jerome, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent rating and review! That's very nice of you to say. I hope you are all fine after the tour on a hot day. It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kamakura. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Robin M.

Jun 1, 2019

Aki provided all we had hoped

Aki was a great guide. He took us to all the places we were interested in and was flexible in his plans given our interests and needs. He clearly knew his way around the island and all the museums. Couldn't have asked for more.

Aki T.

Dear Robin, Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Naoshima. I enjoyed touring with you too. It was fun to bike around the island! I hope you enjoyed your stay on the beautiful island. Thanks for coming to Naoshima and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

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