Guided small group day tour from Tokyo or Yokohama. Total walking about 10km (6 miles) . Enables you to enjoy walking the remaining parts of the original Hakone Hachiri, whilst skipping over the boring bits that are now covered by a sealed state highway full of cars.
Catch Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo/Shinagawa/Shinyokohama, get off at Odawara Station where you will be met by your guide. Then we catch the local train to Hakone Yumoto, then bus up to Amazake Chaya teahouse, one of the few remaining of hundreds of teahouses that adorned old Tokaido. After some heart-warming amasake (non-alcholic) we follow the stone-paved Tokaido on foot through the forest down to the shore of Lake Ashinoko in Moto-Hakone. Lunch at a restaurant with a lake view. Next we stroll the kilometre-long Cedar Avenue, ligned both sides with towering 400 year-old Japanese cedar (sugi), to Hakone Checkpoint. This faithful recreation on the original foundations demonstrates life on Tokaido during Edo Period. From Hakone Checkpoint we bus along modern State Highway 1 (which covers old Tokaido at this point) to rejoin the ancient Tokaido for another 5km forest hike to Yamanaka Castle Ruins, Mount Fuji photo opportunity weather permitting. We then bus to Mishima and stroll along the Genbegawa World Heritage Water Area to Mishima Station, end-point of th tour. Mishima is also a setting in James Clavell’s epic novel Shogun.
For folks not needing to return to Tokyo immediately by Shinkansen from Mishima Station, we can recommend accommodation (not included in tour fee) in Mishima, from where you can continue to explore fascinating Shizuoka at your leisure. Hakone Hachiri Tour can also be done as a day-return tour from Atami
Participants should be able to comfortably walk at least 10km (6 miles), sometimes over steep terrain, ie. an intermediate fitness level is required . If you would prefer less walking check out Walk Hakone Hachiri.
Advance reservations are essential to avoid disappointment.
Authorized by Shizuoka Prefecture Governor: #2-689
Plan by Tony Everitt