DAY 1 Arrive in Hakone - Iconic Hakone Experience
Take the train ride from Tokyo Station to Hakone (at your own arrangement).
Your guide will meet and greet you at Yumoto or Odawara station between 9:00 to 10:00 am.
Your guide will take you to the scenic grand drive Ashinoko Skyline, which offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji and Pacific Ocean. Lake Ashinoko Skyline (10.75 km in total length) runs along a ridge of 900 meters to 1000 meters along the Hakone rim. Since the Ashinoko Skyline is located in such a great location that overlooks Mt. Fuji, Mt. Atago, and Mt. Suruga Bay outside of such Hakone rim, the course itself is an observation deck. So the drive is amazing!
Next, you will visit the Onshi Hakone Park.
The appeal of Lake Ashi has drawn and mesmerised people for centuries. In the heart of the lake is the former summer villa for the Japanese Imperial family. The superb view hasn't changed from its time as an Imperial villa. The former grounds of the summer villa are now known as Onshi Hakone Koen Park with beautifully manicured Japanese gardens, and the reconstructed main building of the complex that once served emperors and foreign dignitaries. Walking the spacious grounds gives you a chance to find a quiet place away from the many popular sights in Hakone and gives you an interesting introspective into the life of the Japanese Imperial family.
You can also walk the west edge of the peninsula, where you can see Ashino-ko Lake on the left. You will sometimes find deep blue water between the woods, and Mt. Fuji shows her head over the closer mountains.
Then you will explore the Old Tokaido Road. It is a road that has stories to tell, places to feel, and people to meet. Running through the heart of Hakone is the Old Tokaido Road. The road was one of the most important in all of Japan because it served to connect the cultural and imperial capital of Kyoto with the political and economic center of Tokyo. The road was the setting for many famous stories, the backdrop for ukiyo-e art, and used by samurai and traveling royalty. Hakone has some of the best preserved sections of this wonderful piece of history. Walking among the trees and on the cobble stones transports you to a different time, an experience to feel with all your senses.
Then you have two options to enjoy the rest of your day:
Option 1: Tea House Immersive Experience
Visit the Amazake Chaya, which catered to the needs of the travellers on the Old Tokaido road during the time of the samurai. There were places to stay, eat, drink and rest. The menu, design, and atmosphere is genuine and has been relatively unchanged since the Edo period. The “Amazake Tea House” is now in operation by the 13th generation of the same family. Walking under the thatched roof, on dirt floors, with wooden pillars that show their age is a special genuine experience that takes you back to a different time.
Option 2: Pirate Boat Cruise in Lake Aski
Enjoy the views on the 40 minute cruise of the surrounding mountains, Mt. Fuji, cool breezes, and the picturesque beauty of the bright red shrine gates seemingly floating on the water.
After a day of exploring, check in your luxurious accommodation at Hakone Ginyu. Relax in the infinity pool onsen to unwind while admiring the lush greenery that surrounds the hotel.
Indoor / outdoor onsen
Ensuite western style