Katie IrvineUnited States
Highly recommended! Yes, you can absolutely do Hakone on your own. But... you won't get nearly as much out of your day there as you would without Shin as your guide. Off the beaten path stops, his intimate local knowledge of the place that only a local can share, and doing the circuit his way. He's a great conversationalist and insta-friend. Not to mention he was amazing with our kids (ages 8 & 10) and has a comfortable van that allows you to experience more than the typical "circuit." Awesome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Katie, Thank you again for using my service on the other day. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide here in my hometown. I was also very happy to celebrate Lucy's birthday! There are so many other great spots in the area and different seasons have different aspects, so I'm looking forward to your next visit. Or I should bring my family to SF too :D Please extend my regards to everyone !