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From Tokyo: Odawara Hakone One-Day Tour

1. From Tokyo: Odawara Hakone One-Day Tour

Start from a central location in Shinjuku in Tokyo and travel to the region’s most notable fortress, Odawara Castle. This is a popular location in the plum and cherry blooming season when flowers and Japanese traditional architecture create a wonderful atmosphere. Visit the main keep, where you will have the chance to see authentic pieces of Samurai armor and weaponry before getting to the highest point of the structure, with a great view on the surrounding mountains and ocean. Next discover the Hakone area as you embark on a cruise on Lake Ashi, with views of the volcanic valley and Mount Fuji on clear days. Enjoy a traditional regional lunch with halal and vegetarian options available. Visit Japanese hot springs in a location unique to the locals. Bathe in the thermal waters, thought to have healing properties. You can also bathe in wine or coffee, for a unique experience!

Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour from Tokyo with Lunch

2. Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour from Tokyo with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo on a full-day tour to Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi. Transfer in comfort along the highway for approximately 2 hours. Then, go to the Fuji Visitor Center for the start of your Mount Fuji tour. See exhibitions that tell the history and ecological background of Japan’s most iconic mountain. Travel up the mountain to the Mount Fuji 5th Station, the highest level reachable by car. Enjoy some free time to soak up the panoramic views of forests and lakes. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive through the mountains to Lake Ashi in Hakone. Here you will board a boat for a 30-minute cruise across the water. Take in the splendid views of Mount Fuji and its surrounding lakes from a different perspective. Transfer back to Tokyo for a drop off at Shinjuku, Giza, or Tokyo Station.

Hakone: Train Pass with Unlimited Rides & Activity Discounts

3. Hakone: Train Pass with Unlimited Rides & Activity Discounts

Book your Hakone train pass and get unlimited rides on most public transportation needed to explore Hakone. Easily access nearby popular sightseeing destinations such as the Owakudani Volcano, Ashinoko Lake, and Hakone Open-air Museum, and get exclusive discounts. With your pass, get round-trip train fare between Shinjuku Station and Odawara Station and rides on the following list of Hakone transportation systems: • Hakone Tozan Train• Hakone Tozan Cable Car• Hakone Ropeway• Hakone Sightseeing Cruise• Hakone Tozan Bus (designated areas only)• Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus (designated areas only)• Tokai Bus (designated areas only)• “KANKO SHISETSU-MEGURI” Bus (Tourist Attraction Sightseeing Bus) To get started, simply book your chosen pass duration and exchange your confirmation voucher for your pass at Shinjuku Station (detailed exchange directions given after booking).

From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day Trip to Hakone

4. From Tokyo: Private Scenic Day Trip to Hakone

Enjoy a private and personalized walking experience of the beautiful mountain town of Hakone just 2 hours away from the city. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host in Tokyo, board the luxurious and express Romancecar train and enjoy the scenic trip to the peaceful hamlet of Hakone, where your pilgrimage begins. Discover why Mount Fuji has a special place in Japanese culture and experience one of three sacred mountains, which is beautiful from all angles.  Get a chance to see the mountain from across the shimmering waters of Lake Ashinoko, and from remote locations only accessible via the enchanting Hakone Ropeway.  The foothills of the iconic and active volcano are home to a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Wander along the many walking trails and see a collection of protected areas that encompass lakes, islands, and a remarkable breadth of natural beauty.  The region’s lush greenery will give you all the tranquility you crave, granting you some much-needed rest from the constant motion of Tokyo.

Hakone and Kamakura: 3-day Rail Pass

5. Hakone and Kamakura: 3-day Rail Pass

Use the train service in the Hakone and Kamakura regions of Japan with this 36-hour pass. Enjoy unlimited trips to popular local sightseeing destinations when you book.Enjoy access to Owakudani Volcano, Lake Ashinoko, and Hakone Open-air Museum. See Kamakura, an old samurai capital with bay views and old temples. Take unlimited rides on designated local transportation. Use your valid ticket on all Odakyu lines, most Hakone local transportation, and all Enoden Lines.

Hakone: Narukawa Art Museum Admission Ticket

6. Hakone: Narukawa Art Museum Admission Ticket

Visit the Narukawa Art Museum located by the beautiful Lake Ashi and discover more than 4000 works of art by various Japanese painters. The private museum possesses See various masterpieces of nihonga, traditional Japanese-style paintings, collected by the museum owner over the course of 20 years. See over 200 pieces by Kyujin Yamamoto, recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit. On clear days, make your way to the panoramic lounge terrace. Enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 242 reviews

Wonderful Guide on a Breathtaking Tour

Our guide Keiko was just lovely and she made the tour a phantastic experience. She shared her great knowledge of Tokyo, Japanese culture and innumerable places of interest with us. Additionally she brought lots of maps, photos, and even explained the Japanese tea ceremony to us, demonstrating its various steps. We even had an Origami lesson so that transfer times flew by in no time. The only downsides of the tour were a 30 minute delay in the pick up service (without notifying the hotel), followed by a chaotic check in procedure - it would be less stressful to only check-in once, rather than with the pickup service and again at the bus station. It is very sad to stay only 30 minutes at Mount Fuji and would be highly appreciated, if the tour could be amended to have more time at Mount Fuji. We had a very good driver who brought us safe and sound from one place to the other.

Great tour guide makes trip a special experience!

We were lucky that the Fuji was visible in the meantime, because the day was very bad. As others have described here, Keiko explains, among other things, the tea ceremony and the origami folding, they were just great! Too bad that the return trip with the Schinkanen was not automatically included, as in the other tour without food! We have the money again extra invested. With other providers, the ride is in there, despite food. Otherwise great!

Very nice outing

A very good exit, quite intense and led to the race because of an arrival at a late meeting point of a customer. The guide did not come to meet us as originally announced and the visit is not in French but no problem for us. Otherwise a very interesting guide that has introduced us to the Japanese civilization with its codes.

Well-organized

It was a rainy day...but despite it, the organization was very well done and our guide Masayo-san was super!!!!