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Local tours in Hakone

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Local tours in Hakone

Hi, I'm planning to visit Hakone overnight at the end of September and will have a JR pass and Hakone Free Pass, so transport is sorted. However, as a non-Japanese speaker, with only two half-days (leaving for Kyoto at 2pm on Day 2), I'd be interested in finding a local tour or guide so we can make the most of the time we have. Any ideas? Many thanks in advance

Yokohama, Japan
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1. Re: Local tours in Hakone

Hakone is the place of landscape even though there are some spot like Hakone Shrine:


So if you have a guide book or print outs of Japan Guide, you will not need to have a guide with strange accent. The tour bus is only available from Tokyo:


You may have seen Hakone Free:


You can purchase Pass at Odawara also if you stop by on the way to Tokyo from Kyoto on Shinkansen. However, Shikansen Odawara is not very convenient: only Hikari Express stops at Odawara is; Hikari 512. lv Kyoto 8:28, av odawara 10:35. Otherwise you will change train to slower Kodama Express.

Tokyo, Japan
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2. Re: Local tours in Hakone

It's easy to do Hakone on your own.


You can get off the Hakone Tozan train (zig zag up the the hill) wherever your heart pleases and just walk around until the next train, or make specific spots to see. If you like Begonias, there's a small park. The outdoor art museum is nice, if you're into art and sculptures.

One place you should for certain go to is Owakudani on the ropeway. Walk around the smell all the sulphur and try a boiled egg, too.

The Ancient Cedar path near Moto-Hakone-ko on the lake is nice. You should also visit the old "passport and immigration" control (Hakone checkpoint) at Hakone-machi.

If you have time, take the bus to Sengoku-bara. The pampass grass in the fall is magnificent!

Here's a youtube video that was taken on Oct. 15. You'll be a couple of week early, but if the weather is crisp, it's a great place to go hiking!


Hakone is 5-10 degrees C colder than Tokyo.

Have fun!

Tokyo, Japan
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3. Re: Local tours in Hakone

Going to Hakone area is like taking subsequent rides of elevators/escalators. You follow the person in front of you and that's all. What you do in the quite large area is up to you and here it becomes a bit difficult in deciding (not so much finding the right transportation). Day onsen spa? Museums? Mount Fuji Viewing? Hike around the hills or the lakeside? Gotemba Premium Outlet? Pirate Ship on Ashi-no-ko?

The first time I went to Hakone was on junior high school tour. Unless you want a specifically group experience, there is no need for tours in Hakone.

Edited: 8:18 am, August 30, 2013
Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Local tours in Hakone

Thanks - really helpful

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