Discover Japan's very first tourism hot spot!
Located less than 100 km south west of Tokyo, Hakone has been famous among the Japanese people for centuries! Due to its hot springs, its stunning views of Mt Fuji, its beautiful forests and its strategic location on the Tokaido trade route, Hakone was Japan's premier tourism hot spot during the whole pre-modern/Edo period.
Nowadays, the Tokaido trade route no longer exists but Hakone's popularity remains strong with domestic and foreign tourists alike! Thanks to modern transportation services, it is now only a short trip from Tokyo to Hakone, giving the modern traveller the opportunity to get away from the city and enjoy a beautiful mix of nature, history, stunning views of Japan's most iconic mountain, along with very impressive art museums. So, come join me for a day trek full of discoveries!
(Please keep in mind that Hakone is still 60 kms away from Mt Fuji. If you wish to go to the mountain itself, it would be best choosing another tour than the one I propose. Thank you!)
The tour is customizable, to some limited extent as local public transportation services are good but infrequent, but would be along the following lines:
*Meeting at your hotel lobby at 08:00 am
*Transfer by the Odakyu Romance car express train from Shinjuku to Hakone's main station
*Transfer by local bus to the lake Ashi area
*Visit of Hakone shinto shrine (if time permits): a shrine over 1200 years old !
*Visit of the checkpoint exhibition (Optional, additional costs)
*Lake Ashi cruise, on a pirate ship!
*Quick lunch on a side of the lake.
*Ropeway ride to the Owakudani volcanic valley and visit. You can enjoy very nice views of Mt. Fuji on the way and in the valley itself, subject to weather conditions.
*Ropeway and cable car ride down the mountains.
*Visit of the Open Air museum (Optional, additional costs): fantastic collection of contemporary art !
*Mountain train ride back to Hakone's main station.
* Train ride back by the romance car to Shinjuku station, aiming to arrive there at/around 18:00.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel lobby or in front of your accommodation.
End location: Shinjuku station or the lobby of your hotel.
Duration: 10 hours
Duration might be affected by the weather and traffic.
We will use public transportation services for this tour.
- My time and service as your private guide, and all my own expenses (transportation costs, etc)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
8000 Japanese yens - -The Odakyu romance car and Hakone free pass costs (about JPY 6,500 per adult, JPY 2,600 per child below 12 years old).
-Your lunch: about JPY 1,000
Basically, we will use the Odakyu romance car (express train between Shinjuku and Hakone), along with the Hakone free pass (will give us unlimited access to public transportation services and most attractions within the Hakone area).
-Public transportation fees (The Odakyu romance car)
-Access to some optional attractions (like the open air museum and the Check point exhibition hall) would be extras as well and are not included in the above JPY 8,000 per person estimate.
Tours are usually conducted by using public transportation services. Private transportation can be arranged on request with advance notice and at additional costs.