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Hakone (Owakudani, Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi, Hakone Sekisho)

Highlights

Hiroshi S.

4.83(12) reviews
Hakone
English, Japanese (Native)
9.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Feel the atmosphere of Hakone volcano, and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi!

Owakudani and Lake Ashi were made by the volcanic activity of Mt. Hakone about 3,000 years ago. At Osakudani you can see the sulfur vapor blowing up and beautiful Mt. Fuji on sunny days.

From a boat on Lake Ashi you can enjoy beautiful scenery every season.

Hakone sekisho (checkpoint) is a facility to investigate travellers which was built about 400 years ago. You can learn more about it in Hakone.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Your hotel

08:00

Your Hotel

Pick up at your hotel.

08:30

Shinjuku Station

Go to Hakone Owakudani by Odakyu Express "Romance Car", local train, cable car, and ropeway.

11:30

Owakudani

Owakudani is an explosion trail of a crater made by the last explosion of Hakone volcano about 3,000 years ago. White smoke has been laid on the desolate ground, and you can still feel the power of volcanic activity.

At Ohwakudani you can eat a black egg. It is said that if you eat one black egg, you will have a life expectancy of 7 years.

Enjoy the spectacular view of the sulfur smoke rising at Owakudani, and have lunch.

13:30

Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi is a long narrow lake with a circumference of about 19km. It was formed about 3,000 years ago in the Hakone volcano's caldera. From the boat you can enjoy beautiful scenery every season.

14:00

Hakone Sekisho

Tokugawa Shogunate placed 53 sekisho (facility to investigate travellers) on major roads across the nation to defend Edo (current Tokyo). Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Checkpoint) was one of the largest checkpoints among them. Hakone Sekisho was placed on the current location in 1619, at the beginning of Edo period. One of the main roles of sekisho was to control "incoming guns and outgoing women", which means to prevent weapons from being brought into Edo, and wives and children of feudal lords from fleeing from Edo.

15:00

Hakone Sekisho

Go back to Tokyo by bus and Odakyu Express "Romance Car".

17:30

Your Hotel

End of the tour.

Ending Point

Your hotel

What to Expect

1. Owakudani

Owakudani is the explosion trail of the crater made by the last explosion of Hakone volcano about 3,000 years ago. White smoke has been laid on the desolate ground, and you can still feel the power of volcanic activity.

At Owakudani you can eat a black egg. It is said that if you eat one black egg, you will have a life expectancy of 7 years.

2. Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi is a long narrow lake with a circumference of about 19km. It was formed about 3,000 years ago in Hakone volcano's caldera. From the boat you can enjoy the beautiful scenery every season.

3. Hakone Checkpoint

Tokugawa Shogunate placed 53 sekisho (facility to investigate travellers) on major roads across the nation to defend Edo (current Tokyo). Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Checkpoint) was one of the largest checkpoints among them. Hakone Sekisho was placed on the current location in 1619, at the beginning of Edo period. One of the main roles of sekisho was to control "incoming guns and outgoing women", which means to prevent weapons from being brought into Edo, and wives and children of feudal lords from fleeing from Edo.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

1. Guide fee

2. Hotel pick-up

* Hotel pick-up is included if your hotel is located near a station on JR Yamanote Line or inside the circle of JR Yamanote Line. If extra transportation fees are necessary for hotel pick-up, I will let you know.

What‘s not included

1. Transportation fee (you and your guide):About 8,000 yen/adult including the express fee of Romance Car.

2. Admission fee (you and your guide):About 500 yen/adult.

3. Lunch (you and your guide)

4. Beverages (beer, juice, etc.)

Important Information

It takes about 3 hours from Shinjuku Station to Owakudani by Odakyu express train, Hakone local train. cable car, and ropeway.

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

Can I use the Shinkansen bullet train to go to Hakone?

Yes, you can. In this case I can meet you at your hotel or JR Odawara Station according to your request.

Reviews

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Vasanthi R.

Dec 18, 2019

Kirei trip to Hakone

Hi Horoshi SAN.... you made our day and did more then a guide ??. Thank you so much for the time and your guidance and explanation on our tour and not forgetting the insight you gave us on managing the train, food, tour in Tokyo for the next 4 days. We had a marvellous time and we have safely reach Kyoto as per your guidance from Odawara. I want to welcome your wife and you to our country please contact me to be your guide.? Back home I will definitely recommend to family and friends on you good hospitality and tour. Once again Arigato tosai masu

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review, Vasanthi-san. We had a tour to Hakone. It was unfortunate we were not able to see Mt. Fuji because it was covered by clouds although the weather was fine. But I am relieved to know that you enjoyed the tour. At Owakudani we bought black eggs. We didn't have time eat them there, but I hope you enjoyed eating them in Shinkansen or Kyoto. I am sure your life has been extended! We parted at Odawara Station. I am also relieved to know you arrived in Kyoto safely. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan, and look forward to seeing you again in Japan or Malaysia! Hiroshi

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Lavinia Q.

Nov 22, 2019

Excellent guide!

Hiroshi-san is sincerly an excellent guide-a lot of knowlige,pleasent,helpful in any situation and helpd us to enjoy 3 wonderful days.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for the review. On the first day we enjoyed hiking on Mt. Takao. Red and yellow leaves were very beautiful. On the second day we went to Yakohama and Kamakura. It was a lovely day, and we were able to see a bride and bridegroom in kimono. On the last day it was unfortunate we had rain. We had to change our plan, but we learned a lot about the history and the way of life of the people in Edo period at Edo Tokyo Museum. And Planets Tokyo was a fantastic experience. At the next time to come to Japan I would be very happy if you choose me again. Japan has a lot of places to visit. Let's enjoy Japan together again!

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Mark C.

Nov 16, 2019

Hakone tour with Hiroshi

Hiroshi guided my wife and I through a one day tour of the Hakone area. We communicated back and forth multiple times ahead of the trip as Hiroshi helped us work out an itinerary. He was very helpful with suggestions and working around some issues of closed areas due to the recent typhoon. Hiroshi also worked with us organizing the logistics of a morning arrival to Odawara by train, getting bulky luggage dropped at our hotel, and still managing a full day. We had an excellent day touring with Hiroshi.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review. I am happy to know that you enjoyed the tour in Hakone. But it was unfortunate we were not able to walk around Owakudani area although we were able to see Owakudani from a ropeway. We took a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and visited the old Hakone Checkpoint. We learned a lot about a checkpoint in Edo period. Hakone has a lot of nice places to visit besides the places we visited. So if you have a chance to come to Japan in the future, let's enjoy Hakone again. I am looking forward to seeing you again in Japan.

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Art N.

Oct 31, 2019

Very informative and relaxing experience

Hiroshi is very knowledgeable and very considerate and kind. He was happy to explain Japanese customs and answered all questions regarding history in customs of Japan. The day was well planned out and and we were not rushed to maintain the schedule. Our lunch at Tsukiji market excellent!!!!!! Highly recommend Hiroshi for your next adventure.

Hiroshi S.

Thank you very much for your review. Although at first we were planning to go to Hakone, I am sorry we were not able to visit Hakone because of the damage by the typhoon. But I am happy to know that you enjoyed the tour in Tokyo. We visited Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tsukiji, Asakusa, etc. We saw Shichi-go-san ceremony, an annual event which celebrates growth of children, and Japanese traditional wedding at Meiji-jingu Shrine. We also visited Yanaka and felt the atmosphere of the old shopping street after the war. I hope we can get together again and visit Hakone in the near future.

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