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Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi

Shinjuku, Japan
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Find the best viewpoints on this private tour from Tokyo via minivan. Choose between visiting Mt. Fuji or Hakone and relax as your guide navigates twisting mountain roads with ease en route to sites such as Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Ashi, and Arakurayama Sengen Park. This full-day tour also includes hotel pickup and drop-off, a guide available in seven languages, and the possibility to curate your trip to suit your interests—a privilege only allowed by a private tour.
  • See the iconic UNESCO-listed mountain from its best angles
  • Stop at cultural attractions like Oshino Hakkai village along the way
  • Curate your tour to suit your interests—tour operated with just your private party
  • Make the trip from Tokyo in comfort and ease with hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Customize your tour and choose either Hakone or Mt. Fuji sights, with guides available in seven languages.

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Great day trip!
, Nov 2019
We spent a great day with Takashi (guide) and Toshi (driver) in the 5 lakes region. They planned the whole day according to our preferences. We got spectacular views of Mt. Fuji from the different sites. Traffic was very bad coming back due to culture day weekend, but they kept their positive attitude throughout.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Natacha and Simon Thank you very much for your excellent comments on our tour. Yes, we spent a great day with you in the Mt Fuji five lakes area, which could not be nicer with such perfect weather. You were very lucky to see a full view of Mt. Fuji from different angles through visiting Arakura Sengen Park, Lake Sai, and Lake Kawaguchi. Not many people are as lucky as you because Mt. Fuji is notoriously shy, often hiding behind low hanging clouds. I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed all the activities including explosion of Narusawa Ice cave, Fugaku Wind cave and Aokigahara sea of forest. Both Toshi and I enjoyed talking with you and learned a lot from you especially about Switzerland, aircraft and photographing. All the best wishes for your future as a couple, Takashi
Private Tour: Chartered Car to Mt. Fuji lake Kawaguchiko or Hakone and Lake Ashi
Mary L
, Nov 2019
our guide Teddy (Tetsuya Ishida) was wonderful and so was the driver. They picked us up at our hotel in a comfortable minivan. They took us as close to Mt. Fuji as possible and the weather was gorgeous so we were able to see Mt. Fuij and take great pictures. The place he took us for lunch (special Hoto Noodle Soup) was in a high elevation with great views of mt. Fuji, and the noodle soup was delicious. We would highly recommend him and his driver.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Mary: Thank you very much for using our Mt. Fuji explore tour from Tokyo Star Agency this time. Also, we appreciate your good feedback on the tour. I am happy that you enjoyed the tour and a day in Mt. Fuji Area. As you mentioned you had various unique experiences with our Van tour. You could savor great views of Mt. Fuji from different angles by moving around. Also, the local special Hoto noodle you enjoyed was from one of the best restaurants in Lake Kawaguchi area. If you or your friends want to visit Tokyo and surrounding área (such as Mt. Fuji, Nikko, Kamakura, etc.) in the future we are ready to take you to the best tour at any time. Thank you again for using TSA tour this time. Thank you very much!!!! Teddy
Toshi and Mt Fuji
, Oct 2019
Our family had a wonderfull days experience with Toshi. Very knowledgeable about the local areas and his love for the outdoors and japan was infectious. Mt Fuji was at her best for us so it was a totally amazing experience. Thank you Toshi, and a big thankyou to the tour operator Taijo who made the tour work for us as we booked it last minute.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Lucia Thank you very very much for booing our tour, rescheduling your date for us and for your warm comments. Although I could not meet you, I really feel you have had a great memorable time with Toshi with his love for nature and his unique sense of humor. Please enjoy your stay in Japan until your last minute and hope to see you next time. Warmest regards, Taiji
Wonderful Trip--Fantastic Guide and Driver
, Oct 2019
We had the most wonderful private tour of Mt Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko going to certain places where there were no crowds yet the most wonderful scenery with Mt Fuji in the background. The 400 step climb to the Pagoda at the beginning of the trip was the perfect start with glorious views of Mt Fuji. We also loved the Ice Cave, the walk through the forest and then the Wind Cave and then the local folk village. Lunch was also a treat with the restuarant uncrowded and the vegetable noodle dish indeed fit for a Samurai. Akio-San, the guide and Tachi-San, the driver, were exceptionally friendly, accomodating and informative and made the day very special. The beautiful weather also helped.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Andrew and Anne Thank you very much for your wonderful comment to us. It is very kind of you. Mine and the driver’s family were all safe from the typhoon. I need to tell you how much I enjoyed the tour with both of you and how much I have learned about England from Anne. In spite of many destinations which are more than usual, we had an excellent and very efficient tour because of your cooperation. You were very powerful and have nice and fascinating personalities. As you know Mt, Fuji area is the World Heritage Site named: Fujisan, Sacred place and source of artistic inspiration. So, Gods might help us. In this season it’s a very rare case that Mt. Fuji could be seen all day long. I’m sorry that the rugby game England vs France was canceled, but fortunately, both teams qualified for the quarter-finals. Will you watch the next game on the 19th? Will it be the last day in Japan? I wish you enjoy the game. I will be praying for you to have a safe trip until you get back home. In the end, thank you for sharing a memorable day with me and I wish to meet nice guests like you again.  Best regards Akio
Wonderful day trip to Kawaguchiko
, Aug 2019
Our trip to the Fuji five lakes area with Takashi was truly memorable. Takashi is a consummate professional and went truly above and beyond to make our trip a great experience for the entire family. While the weather was not quite optimal and Mount Fuji was barely visible, Takashi managed our expectations and figured out ways to make our trip interesting. He was extremely flexible and customized the itinerary to meet our objectives. Takashi’s suggestion to go to Iyashi Na Sato ( healing village) was a great one, and we go to experience life in rural Japan. I personally enjoyed conversing with Takashi on a range of topics regarding Japanese culture, customs and life Japan in general. Takashi also provided good suggestions for other places to visit during our stay in Japan. Our driver was also extremely professional and did a great job of navigating difficult traffic conditions to bring us back on time. A truly memorable trip! Thanks for the wonderful memories!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Naresh Thank you very much for your excellent comments on our tour. It is very kind of you. I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed guiding you and your family around the Fuji five lakes area. I was also pleased that you kindly mentioned our driver Toshi in your comments as he is an excellent driver with a good sense of humor. As you have a wide knowledge of Japan, it was a great pleasure for me to have discussed various issues about Japan with you. It is good to know that you especially liked visiting Iyashi No Sato (healing village). I vividly remember that an old lady working as a volunteer in the outdoor theme park gave you a postcard with a lovely picture and poem as a memento after we had a short conversation with her. I am very sure that she liked you and your family very much. I also enjoyed having such interesting intellectual conversation with you on wide ranges of global issues on the way back to Tokyo. I appreciate it very much as I learned a lot from you. I wish all the best for the rest of your stay in Japan. Please give my best regards to your wife and son. Takashi
Spectacular, informative with tailored luxury
Gopal C
, Aug 2019
The day started with the storm approaching the region. We were picked up right on time and left Tokyo city with the hopes of a great day. Our guide Teiji, fluent in English and French along with his Japanese was knowledgeable about all the little areas we visited making the trip historically, culturally and geographically very informative. We learnt a lot about the pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji and rain did not stop us. We even got a personalized tour views of the village and region with the perspective of the historic Eido period history. Then came the highlight, the clouds broke and our driver who was fantastic, along with our guide Teiji started chasing clearings for us to get a full view of the great mountain. We ran the 400 steps to the Lonely Planet view at the monument Pagoda and sat on a bench and absorbed the spectacular uncovering of Fujisan. We had great food along the way, picked up souvenirs and had a very comfortable ride back. This was worth every penny and the care and quality of the tour was one of the best we have been on. This tour is a must!! Our guide and driver made this very memorable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you Gopal for writing in such detail. Summer is very difficult to view the mountain but we were very fortunate to have seized the moment then also seeing such a beautiful double rainbow for a while. I always enjoy myself explaining about history and culture for anyone who is curious to know about our country and it really was my pleasure to guide and may thanks to having chosen our service out of so many activity providers. All the best in your journey and hope to seeing you again.
Fuji mountain
Jack O
, Jul 2019
Excellent trip and guide Make sure you can go to mountain since some months if the year private cars not allowed Only buses, Our driver had a disability so we were able to go to top and see the peak, When you book make sure to ask to go to fifth station or ask for a tour with a lot off walking if that is what you like. The lakes around mountain are beautiful but going to top is best You can go above the clouds and the views are serene There is a brewery that. You can visit if you like Sake is cheap and it’s the good stuff
Amazing from beginning to end
, Jul 2019
Our tour operator Taiji was amazing. We had a wonderful experience. We saw some beautiful sites. Taiji went above and beyond our expectation. He was very well informed and knew which places to take us to visit. We had lunch at at an authentic Japanese restaurant overlooking the lake. He even offered to take us to see Tokyo at the end of our tour. It was an experience we will never forget. Thank you Taiji
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
It was a big pleasure for me to have you who choose my service out of so many activity providers. The last bonus I offered you in Tokyo, I did enjoy myself too and wanted to show my favorite city Shibuya and maximize your experience in Japan, as you were here for a very limited time. All the best and hope to see you again (^0^)//
5 stars service!
, Jul 2019
Upon confirmation of this private tour, I received an email instructing to contact the tour operator directly. So I called and was happily assisted by Taiji Endo. I found out that there was no available English speaking guide on our selected day but Endo-san promised to try his best to find an English guide for us within the day. True to his words, by afternoon I received an email from him saying he was able to find us one of the best guide in the region. On the day of the tour, we were picked up from our hotel by the best driver Higashi-san, he was very patient with us especially since we were a group of 9 people traveling with 3 kids and 2 senior citizens and so we have to stop for at least 2 toilet breaks and 1 snack break. He also introduced to us some on the popular places we passed by along the way to the meeting place with our local tour guide. We met with the best tour guide Fujisan World Heritage Center and she guided us to each of the place in our itinerary. She was quite knowledgeable with the places we visited and brought us to each of the highlights of the place. She even gave us options and alternatives since that day was quite rainy and foggy and so we decided against sightseeing by boat since we wouldn't be able to see Mt. Fuji from the fog anyway. Even though we weren't able to see Mt. Fuji (considering the rainy weather), we all enjoyed the Lava Tunnel, Ninja Village, Music Forest, and strolling around Lake Kawaguchiko.... She also brought us to have lunch to try the local noodles in Mt. Fuji- the hoto noodles and also the fried smelt pond fish. They were quite yummy and the serving was huge. She even brought us some gift of mochi which we really enjoyed eating. We parted with Yuko-san our guide at Kawaguchiko Natural Loving Center around 5:30 pm and our driver Higashi-san drove us back to our hotel. Even though we exceeded our alloted time for the tour, not once did he complain or hurry us up, he even agreed to stop for a toilet break along the way since the drive back was quite long. Overall, the whole family enjoyed this tour. We would definitely get their services again in the future.
Exceeded expectations
, Jun 2019
We traveled to Japan in the beginning of the rainy season and our tour guide, Mr Takashi Koizumi, emailed us back and forth and provided several detailed itineraries based on our needs. Because the season is not great for viewing Mt Fuji, on the day of the trip, he also made some adjustments according to the clouds to ensure that we maximized our opportunity to view the majestic mountain. We have an 80 year old grandmother with us so he also had to take into consideration of her needs. It was a lot to consider! However, we had a fantastic experience! The fifth station was cloudy, but as the day moved on, the clouds dispersed a lot and we were able to see Mt Fuji from the Lake Kawaguchiko, Oishi Park, Oisno Hakkai, and a beautiful flower park Hananomiyako Kouen. It was a perfect day! Mr Takashi speaks perfect English. He explained many cultural and historical references to us to enrich our trip. He also made recommendations for us for the next few days, and wrote down notes for us in detail. At the end of the day, he not only dropped us off near our dinner place but also came with us until we found the restaurant. He is not only a professional tour guide, but a genuinely nice and thoughtful person. This trip is definitely the highlight of our tour of Japan! We highly recommend Mr Takashi as a tour guide!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Sarah Thank you very much for your excellent review with such detailed descriptions. I was very glad to read it. It was my pleasure that you and your family were able to see Mt. Fuji from multiple locations. This is especially because I was worried about the weather in the morning. As you know, the mountain weather is very unpredictable. I am happy to hear that I contributed into your understanding about Japanese culture and history. We also had a good time with you and your family through interesting conversation. Thank you very much. Please give my best regards to the rest of the family. Best wishes. Takashi

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