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This was a great tour with a excellent tour guide. We had many great views of Mt. Fuji and was able to take many great photographs. Our tour guide was exceptional, as he work the schedule so that we were able to get in and out of place on the tour without having to wait in lines. I highly recommend this great tour. Lunch was really excellent as well. Mt Komagatake Rope way provided breath taking views of Mt. Fuji and the Lake Ashi.
Wow.. what a fabulous day! Anne was our tour guide, extremely helpful, polite and friendly.
We left Tokyo on a wet morning and thought we didn't stand a chance of seeing Mt Fuji. Anne pointed out many interesting sights on our journey towards Fuji, stopping at Lake Kawaguchiko to stretch our legs and take some photos, before heading to Fuji National Park. As the weather had been extremely cold, snowing the previous few days, it meant the bus was only allowed get to the 1st gate in the national park not higher up to the 5th, as we'd expected. It didn't matter, everyone enjoyed the crisp cold air, the trees laiden with snow, many people made snow balls, and everyone was taking photos while keeping an eye out for the elusive top of Mt Fuji. After a half hour break, we got back into the coach, heading to a local hotel for a traditional lunch. While we enjoyed our delicious meal, the weather cleared and sun appeared... then .. so did Mt Fuji. There she was, in all her glory. How spectacular and how privileged we were. We actually got half an hour where we could see the complete mountain top and most of the mountain itself, in all its glory, with fluffy white clouds occasionally floating by. Anne explained we were extremely lucky, as its a rare sight. Cameras and iPhones were busy capturing photos and the mood was buoyant. Everyone got back on the coach and we headed towards Lake Ashi for a short cruise that included commentary about the local Hakone Mountains. The Hakone Komagatake Ropeway ride was shortly afterwards, however the weather had closed in again, so it was foggy at the top of the mountain, and cameras weren't required. On a sunny day, the view would be spectacular. Our driver collected us for the journey home, with some opting to stay on the bus the balance being dropped at Odawara Station to catch the bullet train back to Tokyo. We took the bullet train ... wow... it was quick, quiet, clean and a great experience. We HIGHLY recommend this trip
Tour staff were friendly and helpful. It was a easy and nice drive down and we were lucky that Mt Fuji showed herself yes she's a she! for a short while as we approached. We could only get up to the 1st station so the tour guide did an extra stop at another site for us to get some great photos. Lovely lunch and then another drive to Lake Ashi for a short cruise 15 mins to the Ropeway and then up Mt Komagatake. On our day it was a whiteout so no views but it was fun battling the snow and winds to do the short walk up to the shrine. The bullet train was a perfect end to a great day. Highly recommend this tour!
Komiko was a good tour guide. She told stories about Japan culture. I wish the time spent on Hakone Komagatake Ropeway had been longer.
Very well organised from pickup at Tokyo station to termination at Odawara station.It had snowed on the previous day which meant the road to the 5th station on mount Fuji was closed to the bus but today the sky was so clear with the sun shining which was ideal for photos of Mt Fuji from the bus and viewing areas.I bought my own lunch at the midday stop which wasn't expensive and very good. The Lake Ashi cruise and Mt Komagatake cable car provide splendid opportunities for photos due to the clear sky and sunshine.My trip terminated at Odawara station as I had a shinkansen pass so returned to Tokyo on the Hikari bullet train.I would recommend this tour and company to everyone.
Our tour guide, Take, was one of the best guides I've had the experience of sightseeing with. All throughout the bus ride to Fuji, Take gave some very good insider tips and important information about the place. He also showed us some mad cat's cradle skills of Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Tower, etc. He also sang a rendition of the Mt. Fuji song which was delightful! He showed us the best photo spots during all our stops and gave us ample time to shop and explore the places. We also got the most breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji from the Komagatake Ropeway (plus points for snow on the trail). Going back to Tokyo, we got to ride the bullet train, which was also such an experience. This tour was definitely worth it! Thank you, Take, for being the best guide ever! And thank you to the tour operator in Japan.
very good and insightful.
Our english speaking Japanese guide Amy was very knowledgeable and took care of our needs well. she even taught us the 'Mt Fuji' song along our coach ride to the 5th station. As it was cloudy with occasional rain, we could not see the peak of Mt Fuji fully. The stop at 5th station was a little short to soak in the awesome view and shopping at the souvenir store.
The cruise along Lake Aishi and gondola ride to Mt Komagatake were picturesque. However, due to the clouds, we could get to view Mt Fuji from Mt Komagatake including the shrine at Komagatake.
The bullet train ride on the Shinkansen from Odawa to Tokyo was an experience. Amy was extremely helpful to get the pax to available seats as the tickets issued to us were without reserve seats.
Overall experience was great including lunch at Hotel Regina.
Gd value for $ too.:)
Among the 3 tours I booked with viator, this is by far the best that I have experienced. I guess we were blessed that during that day, although it wasn't really sunny or having blue skies, still we had the pleasure of seeing Mt. Fuji and at the same time my kids were able to indulge in a bit of fun with the snow…..Also, I'd like to complement our tour guide Emiko san who I believed really showed the true character of a tour guide who loves her work and who cares for her team. She was warm, funny and very accommodating to us and I have nothing bad to really say about her. The lake Ashi boat ride was also memorable. Reminded me of Lake Taho, so peaceful and so cold…. but loved every moment of it….a little downside was that we were not able to ride on the aerial cableway at Mt. Komagatake. The Japanese lunch was just ok. I was hoping that there will be shrimp and fish tempura. Overall, I will recommend this trip to anyone.
It was simply beautiful. Traveling to and from the peak of Mt. Komagatake was like visiting two worlds. The clear blue sky, verdant peaks and crystal water give way to a hazy ethereal land of mist and wind; a stark contrast that makes the trip really outstanding.
Lovely tour but only managed to see Mt. Fuji briefly due to weather conditions. The 5th station had really interesting shops and a wonderful atmosphere. Lake Ashi and Hakone National Park were beautiful and we enjoyed the cableway ride on Mt. Komagatake although there was dense fog at the top! We also enjoyed the shinkansen ride back to Tokyo.
you get more what you paid for for this tour. We were very lucky to see Mt. Fuji without fogs and clouds. The Lake Ashi and Komagatake Ropeway gave us a panoramic view of the adjacent mountain ranges. The lunch at the Highland Hotel and Resort is awesome. :)
moosepark South Korea
We didn't know what to expect, but we were sure glad that we took this trip. The forecast was for rain in the afternoon, but we were lucky and was able to see the top of Mt. Fuji since we got there by 11:30am or so. We had lunch at the nearby hotel, and it was the typical Japanese bento and very good. Afterwards when we went to ride the boat on Lake Ashi, it began to rain. The boat was big and covered so it was no problem. We did get wet when we had to walk to the aerial cableway to ride to the top of Mt. Komagatake. We weren't lucky here since we couldn't see anything due to the rain. After a short time, we rode back and down and had time to shop. Afterwards it was time to go back down the mountain. We were supposed to go back to Tokyo by bus, but since I wasn't feeling well we took the Shinkansen so it was a quicker ride back. We did have to pay extra, but that was okay. Overall, this trip is worth it and the guide Mariko was the best! She speaks English fluently and even has a great sense of humor.
The experience was great.The bus that pick us up were on time.It was a well organized tour so no time was wasted.We were able to maximize our stay in every place we visited.The weather was fine that we have really appreciated the beauty of Mt.Fuji.Lake Ashi and the cable car ride to Mt.Komagatake was grand,exciting and memorable.The bullet train ride was a first hand experience,amazing. Our tour guide Ms Kitty is facilitative,and efficient-can speak good English.My family got our money's worth.Thank you.
This trip is awesome, well organized and easy to get to and get home from. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I loved our guide he is an informative and comical man, we went on the Thursday 3rd Feb 2011 and he really gave us all a insightful look into Tokyo, Mt Fuji and everything leading up to it as well as Lake Ashi and the Ropeway Mt Komagatake and Japan. an amazing tour, The tour itself was relaxed and had plenty of time for shopping and looking around each place we stopped so defintely lots of tie for the 'great photo shot'. Awesome views of Mt fuji, well everything we saw on this tour. I always have lots of fun with the tours provided by Viaor whatever country I'm visiting. Thank you again.....
Lucy J United Kingdom
This was an amazing day trip. We got to see some amazing views and enjoy the local culture. The only problem with this trip is that there is only about 1 chance you will see the whole of mount Fuji. On the day we went we didn't see the top but it was still well worth going. The meal we received was lovely with all types of sushi. The boat trip on Lake Ashi was fab too. Very relaxing. I would definitely recommend this trip but i would advise going more in the spring or summer months due to the weather worsening your chances of seeing the mountain. Make sure you take scarfs, hats and gloves because it is very cold up mount Fuji and even colder at the top of Mt.Komagatake where we experienced high winds and snow!
Sarah B Australia
Spectacular views of Mt Fuji for the whole day. Due to snow on previous days, we were only able to go to the first station on Mt Fuji. Lake Ashi cruise was fantastic, and Hakone was by far the best part of the day! Amazing, awe inspiring views from Hakone and Mt Komagatake! Fantastic tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and passion for the area! We even made origami Mt Fujis on the bus!
LAWRENCE WEN LOONG C Hong Kong
My husband and I were glad we made this tour our first day itinerary during our four day Tokyo trip as it was a spectacular tour, and the view of Mount Fuji and Pacific Ocean from Mt Komagatake was breathtaking, so was the short cruise of Lake Ashi! The tour operator was professionally run and our tour guide was very informative and we definitely learned a lot about Japan from him! He was also very helpful in answering all our queries and even took the trouble to guide and recommend us to places around Tokyo when we were on our own the next few days. He was very efficient and made sure all the way we were safely dropped at the right station from m our Shinkansen train. A tour definitely recommended highly!
Fantastic trip, guide was very enthusiastic and informative. We were lucky that Fuji was completely clear when we went, the guide was telling us that it is rare for that to happen. Note that you will be on the bus a lot. Hotel to bus station to Fuji Visitor Center to 5th station to Lake AshiHakone Komagatake Ropeway to Odawara Station is all by bus. Time to shop for souvenirs at each stop. Taking the bullet train back was a nice finishing touch, although you may arrive back at Tokyo Station during rush hour. Tip 1: You can take pictures of Fuji at the Fuji Visitor Center, but one the widest, least obstructed views is on the bus ride over, so you may want to sit on the left side and have your camera ready. Tip 2: You can use your bullet train ticket to transfer onto a JR train to get back to your hotel, as there is no drop off service. Tip 3: You can opt to use your bullet train ticket to travel elsewhere in Japan. One couple brought their luggage and used it to go to Yokohama.
Jeffrey L United Kingdom
This was a great value and a great day out, with plenty to interest and entertain. Bad weather prevented us from going further up Mt. Fuji than the fifth station, which was a bit of a disappointment, as frankly there is not a great deal more to see at this level. However, the lake trip and the cable car are all good fun, especially climbing the two hundred or so steps in deep snow to get to the shrine on the top of Mt Komagatake. We thought the lunch was poor, so we bought some cakes to make up for it! Returning by Bullet Train topped off this great day. As usual with these trips, you need to get back to your hotel on your own, but the guide gives clear directions as to how to use the metro, so it's absolutely no problem.
Amanda W Canada
This was the perfect day trip. I was only in Japan for 2 days but felt that I was able to see so much without feeling rushed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I met some great people from Australia and the UK. The view of Mount Fuji from Mount Komagatake was surreal. We had good weather. Mount Fuji looked as though it was floating on clouds. The memories of this one day will last a lifetime.
WEE L YE SOON S Singapore
What can I say? The view of Mt. Fuji and the experience gained is priceless. It was definitely worth every cent paid. We were very fortunate as the day of the tour started bright and sunny. Our guide for the Tokyo bay cruise told us that she had been to Hakone six times but never had the chance to view Fuji-san, so we considered ourself blessed to be able to see the sunset on Fuji-san. The sight of Fuji-san as the sun set from Mt. Komagatake was breathtaking, and we wished we could stay there forever. It was like heaven with the clouds below us. The cruise on Lake Ashi was wonderful, and the guide was very knowledgeable and patient.
Hock Eng C Singapore
After days of shopping in Tokyo it was really nice to get away from the city. The tour was well-organised and our group of 7 - 4 adults and 3 kids age 6 to 10 really enjoyed ourselves. Although we couldn't see Mt Fuji due to the clouds, the ride to Mt Fuji was scenic and enjoyable. Lake Ashi was beautiful and the ride on the aerial cableway to Mt Komagatake was amazing. We were extremely lucky to have a great tour guide. He told us about history of Japan and even taught us origami on the bus. He was a very responsible and extremely organised tour guide.
A very jam-packed day! Our tour guide (who made us lovely oragami cranes as a memento) provided lots of info on the sites and Japanese culture, though she repeated most things 2-3x (just filling the quiet?). Very cool to be on Fuji san. Gorgeous Vistas from Komagatake, where you spend the most time.
Our guide did a great job of keeping us entertained during the long drive by teaching us to count to ten in Japanese. I did not like the lunch, but others did. The weather was too cold to go beyond station 4, but it was clear as a bell at station 4. We did not get to go on the Mt Komagatake Ropeway due to wind and were offered another one, but by the time we were on the way, the other one was closed too, so we were offered an art museum. Also, I understood we would be picked up at our hotel, and paid for this, but instead were instructed to walk 10 minutes to a bus which rode us 35 min to a bus station where we had to wait to go on tour. This was our first day in Tokyo, and we were very disoriented.
We enjoyed our one day tour to Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi, but there were some things that we felt could certainly be improved. While our hotel pick up was on time, the check in process at the bus terminal was somewhat chaotic to say the least. Apparently the day before was even worse. We also waited what seemed a very long time to board the Hakone Komagatake ropeway after visiting Mt Fuji. Maybe it was just the sheer number of visitors visiting at the time, but a 30 minute wait seemed excessive. The ropeway infrastructure and facilities generally were very dated. While our visit afforded some great views of Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and surrounding area, the terminus at the top of the mountain seems to be suffering from concrete cancer and there were trip hazards everywhere due to crumbling walkways quite a contrast to the new, modern ropeway at Shinataka near Takayama that we enjoyed visiting a few days later. On the plus side, we enjoyed our traditional Japanese lunch and were fortunate to have a reasonably clear day affording some great views of Mt Fuji. Our tour guide was also excellent and went out of her way to ensure that our needs were met, including making sure that we boarded the correct carriages on the Shinkansen on the way back to Tokyo and waiting until everyone disembarked upon our arrival at Tokyo station and knew how to find their way back to their hotel.
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