Custom Private Tour in Hakone with Optional Hot Springs Experience

Hakone, Japan
Private Tour Hakone Sightseeing Tour with Licensed Local Guide

From USD 300.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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).
  • Private tour of Hakone with a personal guide
  • Visit Hakone Shrine and Hakone Yosegi Zaiku
  • Relax in the tranquil ambiance of a traditional teahouse
  • Ride the Hakone Ropeway cable car (if option selected)
  • Soak at a riverside onsen (if option selected)
  • Hotel or railway pickup and drop-off included from Odawara or Hakone

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Unlike typical Hakone tours, this private option comes with the freedom to customize your itinerary.

What's Included

  • Nationally Certified Pro Guide
  • Beverages at a local tea house
  • Lunch
  • Optional admissions fee to open-air Hot Spring by a stream (extra cost)
  • Private transportation
  • Ticket for the Komagatake Ropeway
  • Local Bus Fares

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Hakone-Yumoto Station
    Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0311, Japan

    I'll be holing your name board in front of the ticket gate.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Departure Point: Your hotel in Hakone area, Odawara Station or Hakone Yumoto Station Dates: Daily, except weekends Return point: Your hotel in Hakone area, Odawara Station or Hakone Yumoto Station

What To Expect

Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Onshi Hakone Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Amasake Tea House

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Komagatake Ropeway Top Station

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 5 people per booking
  • Private hot spring experience is optional. Please make your selection at the time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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49 reviews
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OK tour, but nothing special
Boris_N, July 2023
In the interest of full disclosure, we did take another half-day tour before taking this tour. This likely limited the sights that Hiroko could show us. That being said, while this tour was OK, it was not all that special or interesting. Communication prior to the tour was good and we arranged a private taxi for the day as well to take us around (at a cost of $600). Our guide, Hiroko, was very nice and pleasant; however, she was a bit boring and a bit too focused on things like - (1) Eat ice cream right by the vending machines next to the toilets, because you should not walk (through the woods) and eat; and (2) Fasten seat belts in all 3 rows of the taxi (which made it very uncomfortable and was not demanded like that in any of our other tours in Japan). Our number 1 goal for this tour was to get views of Mt. Fuji; unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we did not get a single one. Obviously, the tour company cannot control the weather, but it was still disappointing. Most of the sights we visited were OK, though not overly impressive or exciting. The Open Air Museum was not enjoyable and not all that special. I did not come to Japan to look at art from non-Japanese artists and most pieces at this museum were of very similar theme. The gardens were so-so as well. Overall, given what we saw and what we did not see, this tour was a bit of a disappointment.
Response from Host, July 2023
Boris, Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry for not meeting your expectation. I know it was a shame not to be able to see Mt Fuji, and I couldn’t make up for your disappointment with other exciting ideas or talks. We have different cultures as to eating and walking. We generally eat street food on the spot where we purchase the food. Having said that, I should have taken you better seating area. Also, even though fastening seatbelts is a strict regulation in Japan, I'm sorry to annoy you by repeating my warning. I wish you to continue your holiday in Japan with good weather and hope your beautiful choice of Yosegi-zaiku crafts reminds you of a lovely time in Hakone. Hiroko
Great tour despite the weather
Liz_F, June 2023
Our guide Hiroko was excellent and even though the weather was terrible we were able to experience all of the beauty and sights of Hakone. My traveling group of 4 included my 3 teenage children ages 17, 15 and 13 and they also really enjoyed it.
Response from Host, June 2023
Dear Liz, Thank you for having me as your guide in Hakone and for writing a touching review. I’m so grateful. I was lucky to guide such a loving and caring family like yours. Sharing Hakone's beauty, history, culture, and people with you was a great joy, even in bad weather. I hope you keep your secret box filled with many memories in Hakone. Occasionally, open it to remember what they were and return to Hakone to find more! Wish your happiness and health, and I hope to see you again. Please send my love to your children! With warmest regards, Hiroko
Shin best tour guide ever!
sarah_e, Jan 2023
This is a truly amazing tour and this is primarily due to Shin our tour guide. By far our favorite tour in Japan and we did several tours. Shin is amazing. He listened to what we were interested in and we did all of the things we came there for. He knew all of the ins and outs of the area. He spoke excellent English and was so cultured and easy to be around. He was incredibly knowledgeable about so many things and knew just the things to point out. He had great recommendations even after the tour for things we didn’t have time to visit. Btw the open air museum was amazing as this was one of his recommendations. This is a truly extraordinary area and anyone who visits will be very lucky. Shin told us about all of the history of the area and even showed us pictures of people who walked those same paths hundred of years ago. Shin really rolled with the punches and made us so comfortable. He even helped us explain to the hotel that we wouldn’t be attending the meal without offending them. Truly an exceptional human being! If he is your guide no doubt u will have an amazing day!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for visiting Japan and Hakone almost 3 years after the pandemic! It was such a great opportunity for me to meet you and your daughter and guide here in my hometown. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the day. So did I! I hope you also enjoyed the rest of your trip in Japan. I'm very much looking forward to serving you again. Stay warm :)
Awesome Hakone tour!
Diana_L, Jan 2023
This was an awesome tour! Shin was really fun to run around with, we especially liked how the tour was mostly walking rather than riding a bus. The onsen at the end was the best we had ever been to. Be sure to ask Shin about his family’s not-so-secret secret heheh.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for visiting our hometown! It was a cold day but Mt.Fuji was really beautiful. I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour as well as the hot spring. I'm looking forward to serving you again and maybe you'll see my secret in person :)