Tramping the Old Hakone Path of Cobblestones

Unique Experience

Takao M.

4.33(6) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Bus ride up the soaring Hakone mountains at the foot of Mt. Fuji, a hot sweet drink at a traditional tea house, walk on a historic stone-paved Hakone path, lunch at Motohakone, sail on a pirate boat, panoramic views from a ropeway, stop at fuming Owakudani Valley tasting black eggs boiled by volcanic heat, cable car descent to Gora, train ride to Tonosawa, Benzaiten Shrine and a dip in a spa.


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Meeting Point

Just outside the ticket gate of Hakone-Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Railway Line (Some Odakyu Electric Railway trains also run on this line between Odawara and Yumoto.)

Bus ride up the Hakone Mountains

Hot sweet drink at a traditional teahouse

Walk on a historic stone-paved Hakone path

Lunch at Motohakone

Sail on a Hakone Pirate Ship

Panoramic views from a ropeway

Stop at fuming Owakudani Volcanic Valley, tasting black eggs boiled with volcanic heat

Cable car descent to Gora and mountain train ride to Tonosawa

Benzaiten Shrine and a dip in a hot spring bath

Ending Point

Hakone-Yumoto Station on Hakone Tozan Railway Line

What to Expect

We can experience our simple and basic style of life.

Like the travelers of old days, in a part of our tour, we walk on foot, going on a stone-paved path lined with cider trees and bamboo bushes, filled with nature.

It is dark inside the teahouse. Through the opened doors, the sunlight comes in and washes the wooden floors of the living space, elevated from the earthen floors. A hearth is dug in one wooden floor and we sit around the burning fire and are served with a hot sweet drink made from rice.

At the end of the tour, we relax in a hot spring. This spa is furnished with a variety of hot baths in the open air, facing the garden in the middle.

As means of transportation, we can try multiplicity of vehicles including bus, ferry, ropeway, cable car, and train.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

guide's transportation fee ¥5,100, guide's spa entrance fee ¥1,200, tourist's transportation fee, tourist's meal, tourist's drink, tourist's spa entrance fee ¥1,200 per person

Important Information

1. The fee doesn't include the tourists' transportation fees. 2. The fee doesn't include the tourists' meals or beverages. 3. The fee doesn't include admission charges for visiting places or charges for hands-on activities. 4. Tourists pay the guide's transportation fees.

We walk more than one hour up a stone-paved path and there are some steep slopes. We take a hot spring bath. So we need following things:

1. shoes for walking

2. rain gear (umbrella or raincoat, just in case for the rain during walking)

3. changing clothes for hot spring bath

4. a washing towel and a drying towel for hot spring bath (you can buy a face towel for 250 yen and a bath towel for 450 yen)

We can shorten the tour time by omitting ferry cruising, ropeway, and cable cars.

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



Meisha R.

Feb 2, 2020

Enjoyed the uniqueness

I was looking to do something different and Takao's soul-exploring trip was perfect. It was fun doing something a little deeper while visiting the temple versus just walking around and admiring the beauty. I enjoyed the ritual of the Sutru coping and enjoyed having Takao as my guide. He spoke good English and is such a sweet person.

Takao M.

Thank you Meisha for your nice review. Your sutra copying was faster and more accurate than I had imagined. I respect your concentration and enthusiasm. I'm glad that I could have such a customer as you who really showed interest in Japanese culture. Your sincere attitude encourages me to study deeper about the culture of my own country. I'm sure you had a good time at Hokokuji Temple known as Bamboo Temple, too. Please keep enjoying your explaration of Japan! Bon voyage! Best regards, Takao Mizushima


Melissa F.

Apr 14, 2019

Hakone highlights!

Takao was a wonderful guide for our half day tour of Hakone. We saw several different sights and had lots of fun. He planned an excellent afternoon and was flexible about what we're wanted to do in the moment. His English is good. We had no real difficulties, but did need to clarify our meaning a few times. He really worked hard to make a special day for us!! Thanks Takao!

Takao M.

Hello, Melissa. Thank you for your nice review. I loved the shining ridges of the mountains surrounding Sengokuhara plain. Skunk cabbage and dogtooth violets flowers were beautiful. When I found a shellfish at the end of the line drawn on the surface of the mud under water and realized that the line was made by the creature, I had an affectionate feeling toward the shellfish. It is always my pleasure to show people around the beautiful and attractive wetland of Sengokuhara. Please say hello to Ilan, Yuda and Anat. Bon voyage!


Akshay K.

Apr 12, 2019


Very good guide

Takao M.

Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Kilachand. Thank you for your nice review. The unopening door of the Romance Car, and Hakone Free Pass which was too wide to go through the automatic ticket gate! I hope you'll remember these things as rare and interesting experiences. I was happy to step on the snow remaining at Owakudani volcanic valley. We were able to see the vast skirt of Mt. Fuji though he was hiding his face. The cherry blossoms through the bus windows in Miyagino district were beautiful. I wish I could see beautiful lotus flowers and roses in your country. I wish for your happy trips around the world evermore. Bon voyage!


Ariana T.

Apr 7, 2019

Great day outdoors

Two elements made for our excellent day with Takao: his meticulous planning and the fantastic weather. Takao is a very considerate man, with good knowledge of the Hakone area. He arranged everything in great detail and we did everything in exactly 8 hours, having enough time to experience each place: Sengokuhara Garden, Owakudani Valley, Ashinoko Lake, Hakone Checkpoint, Motohakone Old Road through the forest. We highly recommend Takao for guided tours around the Hakone area. His patience and pleasant manner are great gifts to any traveler.

Takao M.

Hello, Ariana, Sorin, Matei. Thank you for your nice and warm-hearted review. I’m happy that Hakone welcomed you with the fine weather and attractive scenery. Starting with wetland flowers, fish and birds of Sengokubara, followed by wild volcanic valley of Owakudani and moving waves of Lake Hakone, finished with hundreds of years old Hakone path, partly along a shiny inlet and partly steep up and down slopes, covered with stone, walled by bamboo grass. I will always remember having a good time with you, along with these scenes. I wish for your happy trips evermore. Sincerely yours, Takao Mizushima

$232/ per group