Discover Hakone, full day


The opinion of Japan Experience

Hakone is the garden in Tokyo's backyard. People go there to appreciate nature and its beauty. With its view over Mount Fuji, it's one of the essential places to visit in Japan. A volcanic area, with numerous museums, surrounded by nature.

Your Travel Angel's plus

Hakone is synonymous with art and nature. Visiting Hakone with one of our guides is a great opportunity to explore Japan's countryside, which is too often obscured by the big cities. Our guide will be able to show the very best of Hakone and the surrounding area.

Description

Hakone has always been an important stopping point on the old Tokaido Route, which hikers still walk along today. The views it provides of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji have inspired the greatest Japanese artists, such as Hiroshige and Hokusai. An artistic tradition which is continued by many museums in the region, like the Narukawa Museum, a Japanese art gem which provides a splendid view of Mount Fuji and Ashinoko Lake when the weather is fine.

Another fine spot to overlook the lake: Onshi-koen Park, which can be reached via the old accessible via the Tokaido Road bordered by hundred-year old cedars. Your guide will also be able to offer you a mini-cruise on the lake from the Hakone-machi village towards vers Togendai.

Hakone has some of the most famous onsen in Japan, and experiencing one there is a unique experience. The entire ancient crater of Hakone is a haven of greenery and biodiversity, with transport available on the Tozan mountain train.

Depending on the season, the area turns into a huge flower garden or a park full of red autumn leaves. Such landscape seems right out of one of Hayao Miyazaki's films! If you need further persuasion, take the cable car towards Sounzan, high above the geysers fields of Owakudani, then the mountain train towards the village of Gora. And from there, take the mountain train to Hakone-Yumoto, with Tamadare waterfall and its traditional craftsmanship. A guaranteed breath of fresh air.

Our other suggestions? Spend a night in a ryokan, a traditional inn, to make the most of the local cuisine, the onsen, and nature of Hakone.  

When it comes to food, our Travel Angel can of course help you discover the local specialities: kamaboko, a very famous variety of surimi (fish paste) which comes from the fishing port of Odawara, and uiro, a simple and delicious traditional rice cake.

At the end of the day, we will show you how to get back to Shinjuku in Tokyo, either with the JR Pass, or by Romance Car.

Access

The visit can start as soon as you get off the Shinkansen at Odawara station, which can be accessed from Shinjuku with the JR Pass (without the JR Pass, you can take the Romance car), where your guide will meet you. They will then take you to Moto-Hakone for the start of the visit. A few days before, your guide will have contacted you by e-mail or by telephone to arrange the meeting time and to determine where exactly you'd like to go in Hakone, depending on your interests.

The cost is approximately 8 000 yen/person for transport (return ticket from Tokyo, various transportation on site, including a boat crossing of Lake Ashinoko) and entrance fees to sights.

If you would rather be accompanied from Tokyo using the JR Pass, the cost will be approximately an additional 3500 yen (the added cost of your guide's ticket on the Japan Railways network).

The price applying to the day tour does not include meals or any entrance fees which may apply for you and your guide.
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