Depart from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station in the morning, traveling by coach to Hakone’s Lake Ashi, where you’ll take your pirate ship cruise. Climb aboard this authentic recreation of a classic pirate vessel, complete with a wealth of pirate-themed statues, as you ‘sail the seven seas’ of this beautiful Japanese lake. The surrounding landscape of mountains, Japanese architecture, and (depending on the weather) views of Mount Fuji offers the perfect photo opportunity.
Take a break after your pirate ship cruise for lunch. You’ll visit 'Shabu-Yo’ a local pork and chicken shabu-shabu eatery where you can pick from among more than just chicken or pork shabu-shabu: there is also a wide range of dishes to choose from such as udon, veggies, curry and desserts! You can also substitute chicken for the pork if desired.
Continue after lunch to world-famous Mount Fuji, where you’ll ascend to the mountains 5th Station to enjoy the amazing views and take photos (between April and mid-November). If traveling at a different time of year, visit Fuji Juku no Mori or Gotemba Toki no Sumika. Finish your day by traveling to Gotemba Premium Outlets, one of the largest outlet malls in all of Japan. Spend 1.5 to 2 hours shopping for bargains among the mall’s range of local Japanese retailers and upscale international chains. You’ll be returned to Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood at the end of the trip.