Did you know that you can actually use a taxi for sightseeing? My friends and I hired a taxi and went on a trip from Tokyo to Hakone – a beautiful touristic location near Mt. Fuji!
In the morning, one of km Taxi’s cabs will pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo at your preferred time. When booking the “Japanese Culture Experience Tour in Hakone” you can actually choose where you want to go within the two areas. Where it is possible to do some sightseeing in Tokyo first – if it’s within the 8 hours of your trip. We decided to go to some tourist attractions in Tokyo: Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Tower, and Atago Shrine.
After a great morning in Tokyo, we left for Hakone! After arriving at Lake Ashinoko, we changed into a kimono (you have to pay an extra 3.000yen). We were able to shoot beautiful photos in Hakone wearing a kimono – a once in a lifetime experience – which is highly recommended!
Hakone has a lot to offer and for our trip we visited Hakone Sekisho (a former toll gate), Hakone Shrine and the Venetian Glass Museum. For lunch, we visited a delicious bakery cafe overlooking beautiful Lake Ashinoko. The fee for the trip includes 10 instant photos as a service – and it’s very hard to choose were to actually take them…
The driver was not only driving but also guided us in English. He was a very polite and friendly gentleman. It is surprisingly hard to get in a car when wearing a kimono. Our driver had a small footstool prepared to help us get inside. That was very nice – and very Japanese!
The taxi fare for the one-day trip is fixed, meaning: the more people join, the cheaper it becomes for everyone. (Up to 6 people can go on this trip)
The wonderful thing about this plan is that it is very relaxing. You don’t have to worry about trains and the time. It is perfect for families with children and for people with a handicap. We were able to spend a stress-free time at Tokyo and Hakone and made a lot of great memories.
How about going on a fantastic one-day Tokyo- Hakone trip the next time you visit Tokyo? You’ll have a great time for sure!
“Japanese Culture Experience Tour in Hakone”
Price: ¥ 59,960 + highway fee
* the highway fee is approx. 5,400 yen and the kimono experience is 3,000 yen/ person. The entrance fee for the Venetian Glass Museum has to be paid extra (1,500 yen/adult).