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Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

1. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

Experience Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and listed as a World Heritage in 2013. Enjoy lunch before seeing Hakone, which is famous for its natural beauty and having such breathtaking views over Lake Ashi. First, board a comfortable air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi that will take you to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above the ground. Step out and take a deep breath of the nature of Mt.Fuji and the sacred atmosphere at the Japanese Shinto Shrine. *If you can't go beyond the 4th station, we will visit Oshino Hakkai or alternative place. Then the bus will take you to a buffet lunch spot with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji! Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients as much as you like! We will also take you to Japanese garden with Ninjas! Walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt fuji. Maybe you can take photos with Ninjas!!! *Vegetarian meal, Muslim Friendly is available. Please request when you make a booking. Next, the bus will take you to the Hakone area. Begin at “Owakudani” a valley once called the “Valley of Hell", once and still an active volcano. Experience the smell of sulfur! From here, take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. See the rich nature of the mountain, and on a clear day, all the way to Mt. Fuji. This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake where you will take a cruise. Finally, conclude your tour at Hakone Shrine. See its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Fill up your empty bottle at the main Shrine, pray for your health, and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. *Starting April 2024, a Japanese law revision will make extended bus detentions illegal. Thus, if unforeseen events like accidents or traffic jams prevent returning to Odawara Station by 5:30 PM, the tour operator will omit the complimentary Hakone Shrine visit. No alternatives, complimentary offerings, or partial refunds will be provided.* Then, board the bus headed to Odawara Station, and take a Japanese bullet train, Shinkansen. Arrive back in Tokyo around 6 PM.

From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

2. From Tokyo to Mount Fuji: Full-Day Tour and Hakone Cruise

Discover the Japanese natural miracles of Mt. Fuji and Hakone in 1 day on a guided tour. Step away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and surround yourself with nature as you visit the highest mountain in Japan. Ride the thrilling Hakone Ropeway and enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Ashi. We start the tour from the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku (Love statue) at 8am. A comfortable air-conditioned coach will first take you to all the way up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, 2,000 meters above ground. Take a deep breath at the wonderful nature in Mt.Fuji while seeing magnificent scenery. Also feel the sacred atmosphere at Japanese shinto Shrine there! *If you can't go beyond the 4th station, we will visit Oshino Hakkai or alternative place. Then the bus will take you to a buffet lunch spot with a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji! Enjoy a Japanese Lunch buffet with local fresh ingredients as much as you like! Walk through a traditional Japanese garden with a Japanese landscape of Mt fuji. *Vegetarian meal, Muslim Friendly is available. Please request when you make a booking. After recharging some energies, the bus head to Hakone area! Starting with “Owakudani” a valley once was called “Valley of Hell.” It is still an active volcano that you can still see the steam coming from the ground. We will take a Hakone Ropeway, an exhilarating experience with an amazing view of Mt. Hakone. You can see the rich nature of the mountain and you can even see Mt. Fuji in a clear sky! This ropeway will take you to Lake Ashi, a caldera lake. Enjoy the refreshing cruise of Lake Ashi and see the beautiful natural landscape and Mt. Fuji. Don’t miss out to see Torii Gate which is floating on the water! It’s not over yet! We are finishing at Hakone Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in the area because of its photogenic red torii gate floating on the water called “Torii of Peace.” Yes, this is the gate we will see from the cruise! And don’t forget to bring your empty bottle! Go up to the main Shrine, pray for your health and get some spring water that is said to purify your bad spirits. *Starting April 2024, a Japanese law revision will make extended bus detentions illegal. Thus, if unforeseen events like accidents or traffic jams prevent returning to Odawara Station by 5:30 PM, the tour operator will omit the complimentary Hakone Shrine visit. No alternatives, complimentary offerings, or partial refunds will be provided.* After having a peaceful time at the shrine, the bus will have a quick stop at Odawara Station and head back to Shinjuku Station getting there around 6:50pm. There are several days that this tour finish at Odawara station due to avoid heavy traffic jam. For more details, please read "Know before you go"

Tokyo: Hakone Fuji Day Tour w/ Cruise, Cable Car, Volcano

3. Tokyo: Hakone Fuji Day Tour w/ Cruise, Cable Car, Volcano

Depart from Shinjuku in Tokyo to the scenic areas of Hakone near Mount Fuji. First, cruise on a well-decorated pirate boat to enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji around the green on Lake Ashinoko. After viewing the mountain from the water, view it in the air by taking the Hakone Ropeway up to Mount Hakone, where you can see a clear view of Mount Fuji from another mountain.  The Ohwakudani, Great Boiling Valley, is another famous volcano, which erupted 4,000 years ago with live white sulfur escaping. Try the local Black Boiled Egg, Kuro Tamago, to see whether the legend is true and that it extends your life for seven years. In the afternoon choose to visit Gotemba Premium Outlets for around 2 hours. Gotemba premium outlet is one of the largest outlets in Japan, you can see Mount Fuji from inside the outlet.  The other choice is to experience the famous hot spring from which you can enjoy a view of Mount Fuji view. Hot springs are one of the most famous cultures of Japan and many tourists like to experience it when they visit. Return to Shinjuku by 6:00 PM. 

From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour w/ Return by Bullet Train

4. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour w/ Return by Bullet Train

●Departure from Shinjuku Love Object to Mt. Fuji area (About 2.5 hour) ●Subaru Line and Mt. Fuji 5th Station (If Mt. Fuji's 5th Station cannot be reached due to bad weather, an accident on the road, etc, we will visit the highest elevation point possible.) ●Lunch time ●Hakone Ropeway Visit Owakudani volcanic area. Once you reach higher altitudes, you can try eggs cooked in sulfuric water, heated by the volcano and lava below (fee is not included). ●Ashi Lake cruise Enjoy the picturesque view of Mt. Fuji from the ship deck when it is sunny ● (Tour ends at Odawara station at approx. 17:30) ●Going back to Tokyo station by bullet train (duration: 34mins)

From Tokyo: Hakone Cruise & Mt. Fuji 5th Station Day Trip

5. From Tokyo: Hakone Cruise & Mt. Fuji 5th Station Day Trip

Embark from the Heart of Tokyo Start your journey in Shinjuku, Tokyo's vibrant center, and escape to the refreshing and serene vistas of Hakone and Mt. Fuji. This exclusive tour offers a breath of fresh air and a feast for the eyes and soul, showcasing some of Japan's most iconic and stunning natural wonders, just a short trip from the capital. Morning Delight: Hakone Pirate Ship Cruise Your adventure begins aboard the enchanting Hakone Pirate Ship, cruising from Motohakone Pier to Togendai Pier. This 25-minute voyage offers a captivating view of the ship’s intricate design and the panoramic beauty of Hakone, providing a unique perspective of its tranquil splendor. Midday Marvel: Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Post-lunch, soar through the skies on the Hakone Ropeway to the volcanic Owakudani Valley. This 30-minute aerial journey unveils the area's mesmerizing seasonal landscapes. Experience the famed black eggs of Owakudani, cooked in its naturally heated waters—a delicacy said to prolong life. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji's majestic silhouette. Afternoon Adventure: Mt. Fuji 5th Station Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, spending 40 minutes amidst the stunning vistas of Japan’s tallest peak. More than a natural marvel, Mt. Fuji is a symbol of enduring beauty and cultural significance, offering an immersive connection to Japan's heritage. Alternative Exploration: Oshino Hakkai If the journey to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station is not possible, the tour gracefully shifts to Oshino Hakkai. Explore this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, famous for its eight picturesque ponds and the chance to wander through a quaint, historic village set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Fuji. Return to Tokyo Conclude your day of exploration with a comfortable ride back to Tokyo, carrying memories and experiences from Japan’s treasured landscapes.

Tokyo: Mt Fuji Area, Lake Ashi, Owakudani, Onsen 1-Day Tour

6. Tokyo: Mt Fuji Area, Lake Ashi, Owakudani, Onsen 1-Day Tour

Discover the nature beauty of Mount Fuji Area(not go to Mt.Fuji), Owaku-dani Valley and Lake Ashi on a tour from Tokyo. Treat yourself to a hot spring bath experience ,Explore Hakone Shrine and choose to ride a pirate boat. Start your trip with your traditional Japanese hot spring bath experience or shopping at Gotemba Outlets for shopping. Hot Spring Baths ,visit the Konohananoyu hot springs, opened at the end of 2019. The hot spring has a special view of Mt. Fuji with high-quality hot springs from its own source. You can enjoy a large open-air bath while looking at the mountains.Related reference websites: https://www.gotemba-konohananoyu.jp/ If closed, alternative is Fujisan Hakkei in Gotemba: http://www.fujihakkei.jp/spa.html or Gotemba Onsen Kaiun in Gotemba City: http://gotemba-onsen.jp/ Hot spring expenses are self-funded. Afterward, continue the day to Owaku-dani Valley, one of Hakone's most famous attractions. Spend 1 hour discovering this relic of a crater, formed by a large volcanic eruption about 4,000 years ago. Legend has it that eating one of the valley's specialty black hot spring eggs increases people’s life by seven years. Next, head to Hakone Torii Gate at Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine for another 2 hours. With Mount Fuji in the background, Lake Ashi is the symbol of Hakone. Along with sightseeing boats in Lake Ashi, irate boats are also a special sight. During the visit, you can choose to ride on a Hakone pirate ship like the Victory, Royal 2, or Queen Ashinoko. Ships run from Hakonemachi-ko to Motohakone-ko for a 10-minute ride (costs not included). After exploring the shine, head back to Tokyo for drop-off at the meeting point.

From Tokyo/Yokohama: Private Day Trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone

7. From Tokyo/Yokohama: Private Day Trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone

Embark on a private full-day sightseeing tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone from Tokyo or Yokohama, with hotel transfers included. Enjoy a comfortable drive to Mount Fuji, the symbol of Japan. During the journey, listen to interesting facts and stories about the mountain from your guide. Stop at the Mount Fuji 5th Station, located halfway up the mountain. From here, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and take memorable photos. For lunch, get recommendations for a local restaurant offering traditional Japanese cuisine or other options of your choice. Continue to Lake Ashi in Hakone. Enjoy a boat cruise on the lake, offering breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding nature. Then, take a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that will take you up to Owakudani, a volcanic valley known for its hot springs and sulfur vents. Next, visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, an outdoor art museum featuring various sculptures and artworks by both Japanese and international artists. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and appreciate the art in nature. After a full day of sightseeing, return to your hotel in Tokyo and bid farewell to your guide and driver.

Tokyo: Mt. Fuji and Hakone Tour with Cable Car and Cruise

8. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji and Hakone Tour with Cable Car and Cruise

Departing from the Shinjuku area by bus, enter the Chūō Expressway. You'll easily get a sense of the size of Tokyo as the bus leaves the crowded skyscraper district, passes through endless residential areas, and suddenly finds itself surrounded by green mountains. After a drive on the winding Subaru Line Panoramic Road, reach the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at 2,300 m above sea level. Weather permitting, view the surrounding countryside and even see the summit of this sacred mountain. If you choose the lunch option, stop at a ninja-themed restaurant before continuing to the Hakone Ropeway. Ride the cable car and visit the Owakudani volcanic area, an area of secondary volcanic activity that will remind you that Japan is a country full of volcanoes. Fumaroles and solfataras will be visible in all directions. Then, once you reach higher altitudes, you can try eggs cooked in sulfuric water, heated by the volcano and lava below (cost not included). Before returning to Shinjuku, head to Ashi Lake to unwind on a cruise with views of Mt. Fuji from the ship deck (weather dependent).

From Tokyo: Mt Fuji and Hakone Customizable Private Day Trip

9. From Tokyo: Mt Fuji and Hakone Customizable Private Day Trip

Create your own itinerary as you visit the area of Fuji and Hakone on a private day trip from Tokyo. See iconic landmarks including Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi, and Mt Fuji 5th Station as you create your own adventure with your private driver. Start with pickup from your hotel in Tokyo and set off to the area of Fuji and Hakone National Park. You can create your own itinerary, which may include Lake Kawaguchi Mt Fuji 5th Station, the Kachi Kachi ropeway, or Lake Ashi. Discover historic landmarks including the Kita Hongou Sengen Shrine or the Orashiyam Sengen Shrine. Enjoy the flexibility to visit the sites that interest you the most, and admire the spectacular beauty of the area.

Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day Trip with Cable Car & Cruise

10. Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day Trip with Cable Car & Cruise

By going on this one day tour, you will visit Mount Fuji and ascend to its Fifth Station. You will also be close to a sea of fluffy clouds, so make sure to bring a fully-charged camera here! After that, you will arrive at Gotemba Premium Outlet where you can go shopping. Then you will visit the picturesque resort town of Hakone. You’ll ride a ropeway cable car into the Ōwakudani Volcanic Valley, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the many hot springs below. To cap off this tour, you’ll hop on a pirate ship and cruise along the Ashinoko Lake near Hakone where you can take in the serenity of the nature surrounding you. It is a must for any tour in Tokyo.

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Great day and so many lovely sights to see. we unfortunately didn't get to see Mt Fuji due to weather but it was still a lovely day. Our tour guide Emiko was absolutely lovely and super helpful. she made the day a pleasant one and even if things didn't go to plan due to weather or something, she always had a fix. She also helped me read my fortune that I bought near the Pagoda 😊

The best was views of Mt. Fuji. The cable car experience could have been foregone to spend more time at the first stop or at lunch. The cruise was nice. Mao was clear in her instructions to get to the bullet train.

It was a great tour and tour guide overall. The gondola is pretty crazy though. Be prepared to wait in line when you get to the gondola. The pirate ship at the end is pretty sweet.

We had an AMAZING time! We were grouped with some really amazing folks and our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable! The lunch was FANTASTIC!

some activities could not happen due to weather conditions.