Please contact the guide before booking.
Odawara is the gateway to Hakone. Marvel at the treasures of Odawara Castle and its Samurai Museum!
Mount Fuji view? There are a lot of ways we can do this in Hakone:
= At the Mt. Fuji Lookout Point
= On the Lake Ashi ferry
= On the gondola
Please select Highlights #1,#2, #3 and #4 above for the 6-hour tour. The rest (#2a to 2g) are additional options for #2 & #3. We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
Either at Odawara station, Hakone Yumoto station, Shinjuku station OR at your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama)
Entrance fee: 700JPY/person, Samurai costume rental: 300JPY/person
Transportation pass: 3,000JPY/person
Entrance fee: approx. 2,500JPY/person
Entrance fee:500JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.
Entrance fee:1,600JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.
Entrance fee: 900 JPY/person; tea ceremony: 700JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.
Entrance fee: 1,300 JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.
Either at Odawara station, your hotel in Hakone Yumoto area OR at the final destination .BEST take a taxi from Tokyo or Shinjuku station to your hotel. It’s usually more cost-effective than extending the tour.
* HAKONE is now on the process of the recovery from the damage of the typhoon hit in Oct. 12. The sightseeing places are limited.
Hakone is the best place to view Mt. Fuji in the winter.
Please select Highlights #1,#2 or #3 above for the 6-hour tour. The rest (#2a to 2g) are additional options for #2.
*Hakone Ropeway is suspended now.
WHY TAKE THIS TOUR?
We can modify it to suit your preferred level of physical exertion.
For example, if you feel like walking, we'll go on a walking tour. If you like museum-hopping, we could visit 2 to 3 art museums.
We can also take a tour of Tokyo and Kamakura.
Do you want to experience authentic Japanese culture? A home visit and sushi-making package is perfect for you!
My goal is to give you a taste of the real Japan.See you in Hakone!
SAMPLE TOUR #1 (Odawara = 6hrs)
10:00 Meet at your hotel in Tokyo
10:30 Bullet train from Tokyo station (or Romance car from Shinjuku station) to Odawara
12:00 Seafood lunch at the Odawara fishing port
13:30 (#1) Odawara castle. There's a wonderful view of the Pacific ocean from the top floor.
14:30 (#1) Samurai museum. Samurai costume rental.
16:00 Tour ends at Odawara station
SAMPLE TOUR #2 (Hakone = 6hrs)
9:00 Meet at Odawara station
9:15 (#2) Bus to Lake Ashi
10:30 (#2) Lake Cruise (ferry)
11:30 (#2) Gondola ride to Owakudani - suspended now
11:40 (#2a) Owakudani (40min)
12:20 (#2) Gondola ride -suspended now
12:40 (#2) Cable car
13:00 (#2c) Hakone Open Air Museum (1hr)
14:00 (#2) Mountain train to Hakone Yumoto
15:00 Drop off point : at your hotel in Hakone Yumoto
The following are PAID IN CASH on the day/s of the tour.
= Transportation fee (you and guide) ; For example The guide’s transportation round trip from home to Odawara, and other expenses will be shouldered by the clients. (tranportation cost = 4,432JPY plus day pass)
= Hakone Day Pass (you and guide) = 4,600JPY(#2) or 3,000JPY(#3) per person
= Lunch / food / drinks (you and guide); Please cover the guide's lunch.
= Entrance fee (you and guide) = Guide can access to most attractions for free.
= Peak season premium per group (Mar20 to Apr30, Sep25 to Nov10) = extra 1,000JPY is charged.
= Hakone Two-Day Pass = 4,600JPY =unlimited use of bus, gondola, mountain train (- suspended now) and ferry in Hokone area = most economical ticket for a day trip
= Hakone Tabitasuke Pass = 3,000JPY =use of bus, gondola to Mt. Komagatake , and ferry in Lake Ashi area
= Option A: Bullet train - Round trip to Odawara from Tokyo station (35min) = 6,500JPY - Japan Rail Pass can be used.
= Option B: Romancecar (luxury train) - Round trip to Odawara from Shinjuku (75min) = 3,600JPY - reservation recommended.
= Option C: Odakyu line (regular train) - Round trip to Odawara from Shinjuku (90min.) = 1,660JPY
= The guide’s transportation round trip to Odawara, and other expenses will be shouldered by the clients. (transportation cost = 4,432JPY (depends on the meeting point) plus pass fare)
= No pick-up service outside Central Tokyo. No Tokyo hotel drop-off.
= Highly Recommended: BEST take a taxi from Tokyo or Shinjuku station to your hotel. It’s usually more cost-effective than extending the tour.
Mt. Fuji Views from Hakone: Relatively good in the winter. Could be obscured by clouds in the summer.
= Ships and gondola service are suspended in bad weather.
RAINY DAY OPTIONS = Tokyo museums OR Kamakura (Engakuji temple, Hasedera temple, and the Great Buddha)
(In the past, there was more flexibility for guests who booked multiple days as we were able to adjust the tour destination and hours accordingly.)
Thank you T-Chan (Toshi-San) for an amazing day in Tokyo. I was a solo traveler with one day in Tokyo. T-Chan made it a truly unforgettable day. My day with Toshi started when she picked me up promptly at my Shinjuku hotel. She then took me to experience TeamLab Planets - a spectacular body immersive digital arts experience - in Odaiba. Along the way, we rode the fully automated train and she showed me different sights along the train line. Second stop was the Onsen in Odaiba. This was a most unique experience I wouldn’t have been able to manage without T-Chan with me. We enjoyed the onsen, the shops and the bath. It felt like a relaxing afternoon with a good friend. Next, T-Chan showed me the shops in Odaiba, where we walked around and she helped me find the items I was looking for. T-Chan knew where to shop and was willing to adjust the schedule to accommodate my interests. I was truly happy with my shopping purchases. Then we proceeded to Shinjuku where she showed me the interesting sights and places unique to the area. She gave me more information for the rest of my stay, before we parted ways. My day with T-chan was unhurried but filled with memorable sights and experiences. I only had a day with her in Tokyo but the memories will last me a lifetime. Thank you very much T-Chan for everything. I highly recommend Toshi-San. She is efficient, articulate and accommodating. She will work with you to make the best of your time in Japan.
Thank you Karyna-chan! So delighted to hear you had a relaxing layover. I felt like you were one of my old friends, too. We, Japanese, have the Onsen culture. Even in the heart of Tokyo, we could soak in the natural hot spring. Amazing, isn’t it? As we are both dog-person, exploring pet stores was so fun! I hope your dogs will love the kimono costumes which you bought for them. How did you like sake? We sampled 5 varieties. I liked the sparkling sake the best. There are more trendy spots in Tokyo. Let’s go to Shibuya next time! Hope to see you again.
We had a wonderful tour with Toshi today. It was very interesting, informative and entertaining! Toshi modified our tour to add in all of our requested inclusions and the tour flowed easily. I really appreciated her encouragement to join in the Kawaii Monster Show and this was an absolute highlight! Toshi also gave us lots of information on what to do for our remaining time in Tokyo and she pointed out lots of things during our time, that you would miss not being a local. I highly recommend Toshi as a guide and this was a great experience for our family. Thank you Toshi x
Arigato, Annette! Harajuku was fun, wasn't it? So glad we managed to hit all the spots you wanted. We felt as if we were surrounded by an explosion of color and ultimate cuteness at Kawaii Monster Café. So glad to hear you enjoyed dancing on the giant pink cake! You now have quite a collection of memories: dog café, the rainbow-colored food, the cosplay store, the dazzling display of products in the stores, the surreal mirror escalator, etc. (I can stare at this all day long!) Ukiyoe museum was very impressive, wasn’t it? They change the exhibit every two months. You need to come back and check other collections. Enjoy the rest of your Tokyo stay! Hope to see you again soon!
We spent a fabulous day with T-Chan! She was organised, knowledgeable, polite, expert and caring. She took us to the places we were interested in but enhanced our itinerary further with other suggestions and places. We fit a lot in the day but didn’t feel overly rushed. Our relatively young children also enjoyed the day very much which can be challenging. T-Chan even provided us with summary notes at the end of the day of everything we had seen. Really great! Thank you so much T-Chan!
Thank you, K-chan! So delighted to know that all of you enjoyed our tour. I did, too. We were so lucky that we were able to take group photos with two sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku! The atmosphere in Asakusa was still quite festive with its New Year decor. The highlight of the tour was Harajuku. The girls really liked the store and said “I want to buy everything here!” It was hard to leave as there were so many cute stuff, wasn’t it? Next time, let’s take a Purikura photo together! Hope to see you again.
Thank you so much Toshi for accomodating our large group during very busy times. You went out of your way to help us organise the bookings with our JR passes & then it was down to the fun stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed your tour & appreciated the maps you gave us at the end to help us. Your suggestions you emailed to us after our tour as to other activities the kids might enjoy and what train line to use when we returned to a different area of Tokyo were also greatly appreciated. You went above & beyond so thank you ?
Thank you, Wendy! I'm so pleased to hear my travel tips helped you. It was fun to see all of you enjoy our tour! The weather was very cooperative that day. The Meiji Jingu Shrine grounds was so serene that we totally forgot we were in the center of a big city. Don’t you think so? Harajuku has been my favorite place since I was a teenager. One day is not enough to check out all trendy stores. Did you go to Kabukicho at night? It’s quite different compared to what we saw in the morning. Please come back so we can explore more of Tokyo together. A different season is also good. Hope to see you again!