Hakone locats in Fuji-Hakone Izu National Park, which is about 2 hours away from Tokyo by Odakyu Romance Car or JR Line. It has been a very popular resort place with Lake Ashi, museums, Ryokan or Japanese style inns with hot spring etc. Moreover the beautiful view of Mt. Fuji is really breathtaking. To take many unique rides that connect the spot to spot are also fun experience!!
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
1. Odakyu Hakone Yumoto station 2. JR Odawara station
Tour begins at 1.Hakone Yumoto or 2.JR Odawara station
Hakone Open Air Museum
*Option 1 : Hakone Museum (Japanese garden, Tea Celemony, a breath taking beauty of nature)
Gondora ride (Best view of Mt. Fuji on clear days)
Owakudani, a valley formed by volcanic activities (Enjoy tasting famouse black eggs)
Lake Ashi, Pirate ship cruise (Best view of Mt. Fuji on clear days)
*Option 2 : Hakone Checkpoint Exhibition Hall
*Option 3 : Hakone shrine
*Option 4 : An Azale garden of Odakyu Hotel de Yama (recommended in May)
*Option 5 : Shinkansen, bullet train ride experience
*Option 6 : Odawara castle (Samurai costume experience)
the most convenient bus stop/train station (*Option 5: JR Odawara station, Shinkansen platform)
75-minute Odakyu Romancecar ride from Shinjyuku takes you to the totally different place from Tokyo. Hakone has been a popular resort place wiht the hot springs, beautiful mountains and a lake, art museums and historical ryokans and hotels etc. Hakone also has a long history as a checkpoint on the Old Tokaido Route in Edo period. There are many nice places I would like to show you!! Therefore I like my client to choose one or two options from option 1 to 6, which make(s) this tour a very special!!
*Option 1-- Hakone museum: It's Japanese garden has hundreds of Japanese maple trees and the moss covered garden with rocks. Having a cup of Green Tea at a peaceful Tea room is such a time of bliss!
*Option 2-- Hakone checkpoint: At this place you can learn how people in Edo ara travel and/or how taugh to pass Mt. Hakone without holding Tegata, an old time ID card.
*Option 3-- Hakone shrine: The eye catcy vermillion red Torii, a shrine gate standing in the lake water is an iconic thing of Lake Ashi. It is picturesque! You will also enjoy walking the street lined up with the tall old Japanese cedara trees toward the shrine hall.
*Option 4-- Odakyu Hotel de Yama's azalea garden: This option is limited in May only when the azalea blooms. On clear days, those beautiful azalea and the view of Mt. Fuji creat a breathtaking scenery.
*Option 5-- Shinkansen short ride experience: For those who don't get any chances to use Shinkansen during Japan trip, this is a good chance to experience Japan technology. At Odawara station in the late afternoon, you can expect to see Shinkansen every once in 5 minutes. Would you like to shoot a video?!
*Option 6-- Odawara castle: Visiting the castle is fun but this castle has a samurai/ninjya/etc costume experience activity. You can walk around the castle in those costumes!!
Each optional activity differes the time required. For more information, please contact me prior to booking.
=Transportation fee from Tokyo
-1. Odakyu Line users -- Hakone Freepass from Shinjyuku for two days 5,140yen/adult 1,500yen/child *as of Feb/01/2019
*The pass does not includ Romancecar limited express surcharge. Please buy a ticket by yourself if you use Romancecar.
- 2. Users of JR Line to Odawara -- JR transportation fee to Odawara + Hakone Freepass from Odawara of 4,000yen/adult 1,000yen/child *as of Feb/01/2019,
=Guide transportation fee during the Hakone tour.
= lunch(you and guide)
=entrance fee(you and *guide) *some facilities offer guides free entry such as Open Air Museum
=hotel meetup service -- If you want me to meet at your hotel in Tokyo, the extra fee is requested. (cf. extra fee section.) This tour basically begins from the point we meet.
1. Odakyu Hakone Yumoto station or 2.JR Odawara station 3.At your hotel with the extra fee
*For Shinkansen bullet train Experience Option -- Shinkansen fare is required
*Odakyu Hakone Freepass from/to Shinjyuku : 5,140yen/adult 1,500yen/6-11 year old child *available for 2 days. *the price as of Feb/01/2019 The pass covers the transportation fee of Hakone Tozan train, Hakone Tozan Cable Car, Gondora, Pirate ship, buses. Not Romancecar not Shinkansen fare.
*Hakone Open Air museum 1500yen/adult (For other museums, please ask me.)
*High peak season in Hakone is really crowded and you may need to wait in line to take the ride such as trains, a gondora etc.
*To use the time more efficientry, I may use a taxi to get to some spots such as Hotel de Yama in peak season.
Sorry but not always.
In Hakone there are some Mt. Fuji viewpoints. However there is no guarantee of it. Mt. Fuji is seen more often when the air is clear; in the morning and during winter.
It is possible only for a small group. However it is always nessecary to ask me about it.
I cannot provide this service in the high peak season of spring. But I can always help you check the Shinkansen reservation situation of your tour day!!
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