Hakone is a good place to see Mt. Fuji, historical assets, beautiful nature, dynamic volcano scenes, to take hot spring bath and to enjoy kinds of transportation systems. Although Hakone has a lot of place to visit for two or three days, we can even enjoy Hakone for a day trip. Views of Mt. Fuji is not guaranteed but Hakone has attracted international tourists since 150 years ago.
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At your hotel in Tokyo or Yokohama.
Start: I'll pick you up at your hotel. You can choose how to get to Odawara, Shinkansen bullet train or Odakyu Romance-car.
To get to Hakoneyumoto : Hakoneyumoto is one of the major gate town to Hakone area. We take train if you choose Bullet Train. If your selection is Romance-car, you don't need to transfer at Odawara Station. The train bound for Hakoneyumoto directly.
Change to bus : The bus goes along the ancient highway.
Option No.1 : We stop over from the bus and walk stone pavement which used to be a major highway in the Edo era. This option takes about 40 minutes. There are some tough climbing up and down.
Lunch : Moto-hakone-ko is the terminal of the bus we rode. It's a good place to have lunch. You can have good soba, buckwheat noodle here. If you'd like to save the time, you can get some onigiri rice ball and eat them in the ship.
Option No.2 : Walking the avenue of cedars and seeing famous checkpoint called 'Sekisho' in the Edo period. The option takes about 30 minutes.
Sightseeing cruise : It's a good timing to take photos of Mt. Fuji, if you are lucky to see the mountain. The ship arrives at Togendai.
Hakone Ropeway : We ride the ropeway to Owakudani.
Owakudani : You can feel the active volcano and eat Kurotamago, black egg. The eggs are boiled in a hot spring water. Hydrogen sulfide in the hot spring makes eggshells black. The white egg skin appears when you peel the black shell. It is said that, your lifetime extends seven years each time you eat one black egg here.
Hakone Ropeway : We ride the ropeway again to Sounzan.
Transfer to Cable car : To Gora.
Transfer to mountain train : This is the best mountain train in Japan. It is proud of minimum radius of curvature, steepest gradient and three switchbacks. The maximum gradient is 80 per mill. It's fun to be riding.
At Hakoneyumoto Station : Change to ordinary train.
Option No.3 : Seeing Odawara Castle. It's not so famous than Himeji Castle or Matsumoto Castle, but it's possible to get image of old castle. The option takes about 40 to 60 minutes.
Back to Tokyo : Bullet train or Romance-car.
At your hotel in Tokyo or Yokohama.
You can choose how to get to Odawara Station, Shinkansen bullet train or Okdakyu Romance-car. We take many kinds of public transportations from there. Odawara --> train --> Hakoneyumoto --> bus --> Moto-hakone-ko --> sightseeing cruise --> Togendai --> ropeway --> Owakudani --> ropeway --> Sounzan --> cable car --> Gora --> mountain railway --> Hakoneyumoto --> train --> Odawara. You can see Mt. Fuji from sightseeing cruise if you are lucky. You can see volcanic activity at Owakudani.
And there are some options for free of charge. Walking stone pavement, avenue of cedars, those used to be an ancient highway in Edo era. Seeing Hakone Checkpoint called 'Sekisho' which also established in Edo era. Seeing Odawara castle which is replica now but the original castle was built in the 16th century.
Hakone is very popular for international tourists, and going with guide is able to use your time efficiently.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Tokyo or Yokohama area
【All fees are needed for you and guide】transportation fee (Shinkansen bullet train round-trip + Hakone area): about 10500 yen per person from Tokyo or about 9000 yen per person from Yokohama , transportation fee (Odakyu Romance-car round-trip + Hakone area): about 7500 yen per person from Shinjuku , lunch : from 1500 yen to 3000 yen depending on what you would like to have , admission fee per person : Hakone Sekisho Checkpoint (500 yen), Odawara Castle Donjon (500 yen)
This tour is scheduled to stay Odawara and Hakone area for about five hours. The time taking transportations are about three hours. Remaining two hours are available to use for options, lunch and shopping.
Language barrier, walking infront at most of times. But his knowledge in japan history is good.
Thank you Lee san for giving me a review. I tried but I sometimes couldn't understand what you said, sorry. I have given priority to that we could move smoothly. Thank you for having you point it out. I will try hard to provide enjoyable tour in Tokyo. Thank you for your cooperation.