MT. FUJI’S GATE: DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL HAKONE

Explore Hakone, the gateway to Mt. Fuji, on a 3-day tour. Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan and relax in volcanic hot springs.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM JPY 39,739 PER PERS

On this 3-day, self-guided tour of Hakone and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the gateway to Mt. Fuji, you’ll discover the beauty of Japan’s craggy peaks. The town of Hakone is famous for its hot springs, or onsen, and you’ll have plenty of chances to try them out. For your accommodations, indulge in the elegance of a traditional ryokan with tatami mat floors, futon and rice-paper sliding doors for total immersion in a quintessentially Japanese experience.

Armed with your Transport Pass, which gives you access to all the attractions and modes of transport in beautiful Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, you’ll explore both Hakone’s nature and culture. You’ll discover renowned works of art in the unique Hakone Open-Air Museum and set sail across Lake Ashinoko in a replica pirate ship. From the world’s second-largest cable car, you’ll enjoy commanding views over the national park and of iconic Mt. Fuji. On the slopes of Mt. Owakudani, go for a stroll for the chance to explore an otherworldly landscape of volcanic activity and sulfuric hot springs. Each day after your exploration, you’ll have the chance to bathe in the healing waters of your ryokan’s onsen. Before you return to Tokyo on the train, you’ll even get the opportunity to dine on superb kaiseki, a beautifully presented Japanese meal of many small, seasonal courses.

 

“It’s hard to describe the beauty of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. On this tour, you’ll get the chance not only to explore this mountainous region, but also to get the full ryokan experience with kaiseki and onsen.”

Joy Vienravee, Backyard Travel Japan Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Indulge in kaiseki, a quintessentially Japanese meal of many small, seasonal courses
Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan with tatami mat floors and onsen
Have access to all the beauty of the national park with your transport pass
Sail across volcanic Lake Ashinoko in a replica pirate ship



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Tokyo – Hakone/ Mt. Fuji

    Today is a self-guided day.

    Welcome to your Hakone and Mt. Fuji tour. Today you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo for the 2-hour limited express train journey from JR Shinjuku Station to Hakone. A mountainous town famous for its hot springs, Hakone was built on the collapsed remains of a volcano and is the well-established gateway to Mt. Fuji.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary
    Start your exploration of Hakone by stopping into some of the shops and local restaurants near the Hakone-Yumoto Station. Next, take a ride on the Hakone-Tozan Railway—which is included in your transport pass—to Hakone Open-Air Museum. This unique art space on spacious grounds features a large selection of sculptures complemented by the natural surrounding beauty of the area. You’ll see works by the English sculptor Henry Moore, as well as indoor galleries where you’ll find a sizable Picasso Collection.

    Tonight, stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. This charming accommodation includes tatami mat floors and traditional roll-out futons, as well as rice-paper sliding doors (shoji) and onsen (hot spring baths).

    For dinner, indulge in the artistry of Japanese cuisine with kaiseki, a beautifully presented meal consisting of many small, seasonal courses. Relax in your yukata (cotton robe) and enjoy an after-dinner soak in your onsen.

    Overnight in Hakone

    Meals included on this day: Dinner

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  • Day 2: Hakone/ Mt. Fuji

    Today is a self-guided day.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary 1
    Explore Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park with your included transport pass, which gives you access to transportation within the park. Take the world’s second largest cable-car journey up to Mt. Owakudani and walk around its otherworldly landscape filled with bubbling sulfuric pools. The famous “black eggs” here are boiled in the hot springs, and it is said that eating one will add seven years to your life.

    Walk down to the pier to board a replica pirate ship that will set sail across Lake Ashinoko, which was formed 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. Next, take the Hakone Tozan Switchback Train, which zigzags back and forth across the mountain face to give you commanding views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

    As you explore, you’ll have chances to glimpse the iconic Mt. Fuji, but please be warned that this famous volcano is notoriously shy and can only be seen in its full splendor on clear days.

    Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary 2
    Head to Togendai in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where a replica pirate ship will sweep you across Lake Ashinoko, a volcanic lake formed by an eruption 3,000 years ago.

    Following the cruise, disembark at Hakone-machi port and walk to Hakone Shrine, passing the Hakone Checkpoint at the lovely cedar avenue as you go. The shrine is perhaps the most-photographed site in the region. Its handsome “floating” torii gate is a marvel to behold. The main shrine complex and torii gate are located at the top of a staircase with nearly 100 steps, so be sure to wear good walking shoes. In the complex, you’ll also find the water basin with nine dragon heads and the kyudo, or traditional Japanese archery training ground.

    Continue toward the Old Tokkaido Highway, and if you wish, embark on a trek along its most popular path, which is roughly 8 kilometers long. In about 40 minutes, you’ll arrive at the Amazake Chaya, a traditional rest stop in a Japanese house serving sweet rice wine (amazake), accompanied by Japanese snacks.

    As you explore, you’ll have chances to glimpse the iconic Mt. Fuji, but please be warned that this famous volcano is notoriously shy and can only be seen in its full splendor on clear days.

    Enjoy another fine meal and onsen at your ryokan tonight.

    Overnight in Hakone

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and dinner

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  • Day 3: Hakone/Mt Fuji - Tokyo

    On the final day of your Hakone and Mt. Fuji tour, enjoy the day at your leisure until it’s time for your scheduled transfer back to Tokyo by limited express train.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    Day 3

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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