Hakone & Odawara Castle Your Way (from 6 hours)

Highlights

Toshi H.

4.95(91) reviews
Hakone
English
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

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.

Itinerary

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

Meeting Point

Either at Odawara station, Hakone Yumoto station, Shinjuku station OR at your hotel (Central Tokyo or Yokohama)

Hakone is one of our more popular tours. It has something for everyone!

The numbered photos correspond to the following. Main tours are #1 and #2 below.

1. Odawara Castle and Samurai Museum (2hrs)

Entrance fee: 700JPY/person, Samurai costume rental: 300JPY/person

2. Lake Ashi cruise, gondola ride, Mountain train and bus in Hakone - Breathtaking ride above the mountain forest. Soak in the beauty of nature. Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 6hrs round trip from Odawara.

Transportation pass:4,600JPY/person

3. Lake Ashi cruise and gondola ride to the top of Komagatake mountain - Relaxing views featuring Mt. Fuji. At least 6hrs round trip from Odawara.

Transportation pass: 3,000JPY/person

4. Onsen - Relaxing at a day spa

Entrance fee: approx. 2,500JPY/person

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Options for Highlights #2 & 3 (above)

2a. Owakudani, an active volcanic valley - Best views of Mt. Fuji. (extra 30 min)

2b. 3b. Hakone Sekisho Checkpoint - Built in the Edo period, around the 17th century. (extra 1hr)

Entrance fee:500JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.

2c. Hakone Open Air Museum - Sculptures by many famous artists, particularly Picasso. (extra 90min)

Entrance fee:1,600JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.

2d. Hakone Art Museum - Earthenware and Japanese Moss Garden. (extra 1hr)

Entrance fee: 900 JPY/person; tea ceremony: 700JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.

2e. 3e. Narukawa Museum - Japanese paintings (extra 1hr)

Entrance fee: 1,300 JPY/person, the guide has a pass for it.

2f. Sengokuhara area (extra 2hrs - 30 min bus ride from Gora station)

2g. 3g. Hakone Shrine (extra 1hr)

Ending Point

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.

What to Expect

* HAKONE is now on the process of the recovery from the damage of the typhoon hit in Oct. 12. The sightseeing places are limited.

Konnichiwa!

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.

ANYTHING ELSE?

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!

Arigato!

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

Want to personalize this tour?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

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.

Important Information

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑) . MORE INFO: = We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way to see the city. = Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour. = The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour. = Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki. = Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY/hr = Tour extension (extra hour service) = 3,500JPY/hr = Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages. = HAKONE TOURS = Requires close coordination with the guide BEFORE BOOKING. It takes more time to plan this trip. = MT. FUJI TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). Guests should book their own private car or van. NOTE: Highly recommended to book transportation first as they are quite popular. Otherwise, we may not have transportation on the tour date. . PEAK SEASON PREMIUM = 1,000 JPY per group Charged ONLY ONCE on the first day of the first tour in the peak season. . . • Spring peak season : March 20 to April 30 . . • Autumn peak season : September 25 to November 10

Please contact the guide BEFORE booking. No direct booking for this tour. HAKONE TOUR = Only on weekdays; weekends are too crowded. (Hakone hotel pick-up = depends on hotel location.) ODAWARA TOUR = Available any day of the week. ANOTHER MT. FUJI VIEW OPTION: Please check out the link for Enoshima (view of Mt.Fuji) & Kamakura (Great Buddha) - 6hrs = 20,000JPY)

Train Fare/person:

= 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

NOTE:

= 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.)

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

Reviews

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Karyna V.

Feb 5, 2020

Extraordinary day in Tokyo with excellent guide Toshi-San

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.

Toshi H.

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.

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Annette T.

Jan 21, 2020

Fantastic tour!

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

Toshi H.

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!

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Kristina P.

Jan 16, 2020

Great day in Tokyo with a large family group

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!

Toshi H.

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.

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Wendy G.

Jan 15, 2020

Shinjuku Tour

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 ?

Toshi H.

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!

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