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Explore Hakone

Hakone-machi, Japan
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About Explore Hakone
Explore Hakone specializes in 100% customized private tours. You can visit many places in just one day with a licensed local guide. Reservations are required for all tours.
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Customize your private tour of Hakone, a popular destination in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park known for its hot springs resorts. Visit area attractions with your own professional guide, including Hakone Shrine, the crafts village of Hakone Yosegi Zaiku, and a traditional Japanese ‘kominka’ house. Tea is provided at one of Hakone’s age-old teahouses. Opt for a ride on the Hakone Ropeway cable car with views of Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji, and/or enjoy a riverside soak in a local ‘onsen’ (open-air hot spring).
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Kentkt wrote a review Jan 2020
86 contributions55 helpful votes
Shin is a Nationally Certified Tour Guide who lives and works in Hakone. He is knowledgeable, personable and friendly and clearly understands and exhibits the attributes of an excellent guide -- he listens, adapts and customizes your experience based upon your input and preferences. We spent a day touring from late morning to sunset. He picked us up at our Ryokan and we discussed our plans for the day. We proceeded to tour Hakone from Lake Ashi and several other historic sites including temples, gardens, cedar forests, the old Tokaido Road, a 400 year old Tea House that is still in operation and other hidden and quiet historic sites away from the crowded tourist areas. Shin did a great job of sharing his local knowledge with us, We thoroughly enjoyed our brief time together and believe he provides great value for his attentive services. Worth seeking out!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Shin-Kaneko, Owner at Explore Hakone
Responded Jan 24, 2020
Thank you so much for visiting my hometown on the other day and having me as your guide. It was a shame that the weather was not perfect but I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the day. So did I! Every season is different in Hakone so I'm very much looking forward to serving you again in a different time of the year! I and my family love to visit Hawaii near in the future and we hope to meet up again. Fight On :)
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Erika S wrote a review Dec 2019
Pemberton, New Jersey3 contributions
Shin-san was more than great during our tour. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However once we met him and got going it was a wonderful experience, despite the weather. He was more than happy to tell us about his hometown and all the history that lives there. He wasn’t boring and dull like a lot of tour guides are, he made it personal. Asking about us and comparing the different ways we live, very relatable. He made us all feel welcomed. I definitely recommend Shin-san for your tour needs.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Shin-Kaneko, Owner at Explore Hakone
Responded Dec 24, 2019
Thank you so much for visiting Japan and my hometown Hakone on the other day! It was such a great opportunity for me to guide you all. It was a shame that the weather was not perfect yet I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the day in the area. So did I! I'm looking forward to serving you again!
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Sio413 wrote a review Dec 2019
Columbia, South Carolina2 contributions
Shin is an amazing, knowledgeable guide! Despite the cold and rain, we had a wonderful time on the tour and learned a lot. I've been recommending Shin to any friends I know planning to visit the area. On top the tour of Hakone, Shin also directed us to a random item my niece really wanted to get while in Japan but we were having a hard time locating. Shin saved the day! I highly recommend Shin if you want a personal, friendly tour where you will wish you too were a local by the end.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Shin-Kaneko, Owner at Explore Hakone
Responded Dec 21, 2019
Thank you very much for visiting Japan and Hakone on the other day. It was a big shame that the weather was poor but I really enjoyed the day with you all. I'm very honored to hear that you enjoyed the visit as well. It seems that you all had a fantastic stay in other areas as well. I'm looking forward to serving you again!
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foodfriend2016 wrote a review Dec 2019
Denver, Colorado90 contributions13 helpful votes
While the area is a bit touristy it deserves the attention.The settings are special and the people are warm and receptive to travelers,they have had centuries of dealing with strangers and make you feel welcome.The views speak with quiet elegance
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Shin-Kaneko, Owner at Explore Hakone
Responded Dec 10, 2019
Thank you so much for visiting my hometown on the other day and I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the day. We have beautiful four seasons and each season has its own charm. So please come back in a different time :)
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Karen D wrote a review Dec 2019
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Had an absolutely fabulous day, going places we wouldn’t have seen if we tried to do it on our own. Shin is a great guide.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Shin-Kaneko, Owner at Explore Hakone
Responded Dec 4, 2019
Thank you so much for visiting my hometown on the other day and having me as your guide. It was cold but I was very pleased to see Mt.Fuji beautifully. I'm looking forward to serving you again. Please send my regards to your lovely family!
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