Visit the traditional international resort area in Hakone with it's enchanting nature and history by the private guide, to whom Hakone is his back yard.
PLEASE INQUIRE FOR THEIR RECOVERY FROM THE LAST TYPHOON DAMAGE BEFORE BOOKING.
JR Odawara station or OER Hakone Yumoto station. If you are staying in Hakone, I can pick you up at your hotel front desk.
Mountain rail ride: The 95 years old train system leads you through the curvy track in Hakone forest
Currently not available. The scenery from the rope way with the full figure of Mt. Fuji if you are lucky with the weather.
Lake Ashi boat cruise in the cool lake breeze.
Walking through Sekisho(the old travel pass control), cedar shaded or stone paved route1 and Amazake Chaya, the old tea serving traveler's resthouse and the small museum.
Over 200 years old Hakone wood work(Government approved hand craft) demonstration by the head craftsman and shopping
Same as above.
Start with the mountain rail ride, the cable car, then to the rope way(currently closed due to too high sulfuric gas level). You will see the spectator view of the volcanic valley(the site is currently closed due to the same reason above) and Mt. Fuji when the weather is friendly.
The 30 min lake Ashi boat cruise in cool lake breeze will take you to Hakone Sekisho, which is the old time travel check point with much and sad history. We walk through the cedar tree shaded old highway route 1 and learn how the people traveled back in 17th century.
Enjoy Soba(buck wheat noodles) with big shrimp Tempura lunch and go in a bus to Amazake Chaya, the old rest house of 300 years old, associated by the small museum(free).
Stop by at the Hakone Woodwork studio to see the craft master's demonstration in front of your eyes, communicating with him.
Go back to Yumoto or Odawara and get disbanded.
Please note that the local weather impacts the itinerary very much. Strong winds may force to stop all the local attractions and traffic.
My guide fee. my commuting fare to Odawara and my lunch.
Your transportation fares in Hakone( around 5000jpy/per person), admission fees when applicable, your and my lunch cost( around 1500jpy/pp).
Sevier weather condition may force us to cancel the tour due to the mountaonous location.
Due to the possible bad local weather, we may have to give up some portion of the itinerary.
When you are carrying heavy luggage, there is luggage delivery service. They deliver them to your hotel in Hakone in the afternoon of the same day at the cost of 1600jpy~ per piece depending on your luggage size.
If you are staying in Hakone, we can meet up in your hotel lobby with minor time schedule adjustment.
Hakone Free Pass will cost you 4600jpy, bood for 2 days. It is slightly cheaper than buying every tickets separately. It is more handy than economical.
To Odawara, around 4000jpy round trip. Depending on where we meet, the difference will be added or taken.
About 5000 jpy per person with Hakone Free Pass. Train, cable car, ropeway, local route bus and cruise.
Some travelers prefer taxi(s) from Moto Hakone to Hakone Yumoto making 3 stops max on the way. Because the route bus serves are available every 30 min. , the travelers have to wait 30min. every time when we make a stop. The taxi cost is about 8000jpy(4 passenger sedan) or 12000jpy(8 passenger jumbo taxi).
The guide rides together with the travelers.
My family and I were enjoying our time in Japan, but struggled to really take in the culture and history of such a wonderful country and city (Tokyo). We chose to do an English tour to help us better immerse ourselves. Akira was responsive and worked with me to cover the things I thought myself and my family would enjoy most. Akira communicated well and I never had a problem speaking the entire time in English. We met Akira on time at a metro station five minutes from our hotel, which was very convenient. Akira walked us through the agenda again and we were off, navigating the metro like pros. We chose first to go to a temple, then the Imperial Palace gardens, then to Hirijuku for a special treat and all the shopping we wanted. Throughout the trip Akira talked about the Japanese history, the history of Tokyo and the Imperial Palace. We spent a lot of time talking about culturing and the religions and practices of the Japanese. Akira was fantastic and showed us everything we asked, and more with some surprises. If we had more time, the motorcycle tour sounded like a blast!
Thank you very much for your favorable comments. I’ll make my maximum efforts to improve my tours even further.
As the weather was on and off Arti kept in constant communication on go/no go. Everything was a breeze from getting to the Kofu bike shop from Tokyo, renting the bike and the tour itself. Arti is extremely knowledgeable and very kind to stop and explain the history and culture of what we are viewing. 5 star day all around. Next time we will definitely go again with Arti for tours if we are around Japan. Pleasure to have had Arti lead our family on the motorcycle tour.
Thank you very much for your favorable comments. The weather wasn’t perfect but we could enjoy Mt. Fuji area. I will keep improving my tours.
Akira (aka Arti) is a great guide. Very knowledgable of the area, kept on schedule, and provided us all of the points in the itinerary. He had fun stories and was great with conversation. He even provided some pointers for shopping for specific souvenir items. Although it is an extra few hundred dollars, the private taxi is worth his recommendation for the Mt. Fuji area - we wouldn't have been able to see everything without it.
Thank you very much for your favorable comments. I will make my efforts to make my tours even better for the future.
What an amazing day and what and amazing Tour Guide. We met Akira on the train and he had arranged a private driver and car as per our request. Akira made the day so run smoothly and made the day very interesting. He was happy to answer all our questions and more than happy to make changes during the day as the weather was spectacular. We were a group of 4 adults who enjoy seeing the amazing mountains. Our tour meant that we did not see many other tours despite it being peak season which just made the day all the more special.
Thank you very much for your favorable comments. I will make my future tours even better.