Hi, I'm Takao Mizushima. I like walking with my friends in the mountains, along rivers and beaches, and visiting historical places and museums. Usually, after enjoying these places, we take a dip in hot springs and drink beer.
As a guide, however, I'll take up places easy to walk around. I assume not many people from abroad are prepared for sweating activities.
If you like, though, I can modify my plan, connecting with a short hiking, hot bath and a drinking place.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
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.
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
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!
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!
Very good guide
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!
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.
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
Friendly tour guide. Please to work with Tako. Thanks
Thank you Kim for a nice review. Although it was the time between early-type cherry blossms and common-type cherry blossoms, I hope you'll remember Japan with some cherry blossoms and bamboo trees when it is around this time in the years to come. Please say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Luu and Loan. I wish you all happy days back in your countries. Sincerely yours, Takao Mizushima