[NEW] Hakone Museums and Cobblestone Old Highway Trekking
Hakone, a mountainous area, was the most difficult point on the Tokaido Highway connecting Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto on foot for more than 400 years.
This tour will visit two different types of fascinating museums as well as "amazake teahouses" and the ruins of barrier stations, which were rest stops for travelers in the past, using various methods of transportation.
Including trekking along the stone-paved old highway of Hakone, which has continued since the Edo period, we will visit the following three attractive places among the beautiful nature with a view of Mt. Fuji.
(1) "Amazake Tea House," which has been a resting place since the Edo period, where you will taste traditional Japanese traveler's food and sweetmeats around a wood-fired hearth.
(2) "Narukawa Art Museum" is home to one of the finest collections of Japanese paintings in Japan. The variety and delicacy of the expression and technique of the rock paintings are different from those of Western paintings.
(3) "Hakone Open-Air Museum" exhibits about 120 masterpieces. Visitors can enjoy the artistic atmosphere while strolling in the open air.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
To travel to Hakone, you will board Odakyu Railway’s luxury Romancecar Limited Express train. The comfortable journey takes approximately 90 minutes departing from Shinjuku, and travelers can enjoy pleasant views of Mt. Fuji and the changing countryside as they ride.
Upon arrival in Hakone, you will first take a bus along Hakone’s historic highway to Amazake Tea House. Amazake Tea House has been providing rest and refreshments to weary travelers for over 400 years, and its traditional appearance complete with thatched roof, earthen floors and wooden hearth transport you back to another time. The tea house’s specialty is amazake, a sweet non-alcoholic variant of sake that is perfect for warming your soul on a cold winter’s day. It also serves a variety of sweets and other dishes, including mochi, a chewy form of Japanese rice cake. After refreshments at Amazake Tea House, you will take a short trek along the stone-paved paths of Hakone’s Old Tokaido Highway. Maintained since the Edo Period (1603-1868), the Old Tokaido Highway was once the most important road in Japan, linking Tokyo and Kyoto. Nowadays, however, it is a peaceful walkway lined with towering cedar trees and a great place to explore the nature of Japan.
Following a short trek along the highway, you will take the bus again to the shores of Lake Ashi, an atmospheric caldera lake formed by volcanic eruption over 3,000 years ago. At Lake Ashi, you will enter the next sightseeing stop, Narukawa Art Museum. Narukawa Art Museum is a contemporary museum that showcases the style of painting known as Nihonga (literally “Japanese painting”). Nihonga artists utilize traditional techniques, as well as natural minerals, to create vibrant, bold images unique to Japan, and you can see many masterpieces of this form at the museum. The museum also has a small garden from which you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Ashi. Here, depending on the weather, you can see breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji towering over the lake — an image so picturesque you won’t want to forget your camera.
After lunch, you will visit the Hakone Barrier (“Hakone Sekisho”). This historical barrier was once a significant checkpoint along the Tokaido Highway, as travel was heavily regulated along the road for hundreds of years. Today, the barrier has been restored to its former glory, and guests can see the barrier’s offices and gates as they were in Japan’s feudal past.
The last stop on this tour will be the Hakone Open-Air Museum, a unique conceptual museum and garden that exhibits sculptures in the open air. Here you can see various sculptures by some of the world's best sculptors, including works by Auguste Rodin, Picasso, Henry Moore and Medardo Rosso. Settled among the blue sky, green trees and seasonal flowers, these artworks create an inspiring landscape and atmosphere for visitors.
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
・Amazake Teahouse ・Hakone Old Highway ・Narukawa Art Museum ・Ruins of Hakone Sekisho (barrier station)
・Transportation to the meeting place
・Food, beverages, and souvenirs not listed in the inclusions
◆ Be sure to follow the guide's instructions during the program. We are not responsible for any accidents caused by not following the instructions of the guide.
◆ In principle, the supported language is English. If you would like a guide for Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc., please apply in advance to email@example.com. We will answer about whether or not it can be implemented. For languages other than English, an additional charge of JPY 1,100 will be charged per person.
◆Our business hours are from 8:00-17:00 on weekdays and from 8:00-10:00.on Saturday. Please note that inquiries received outside of business hours will be handled on the next business day.
◆ We will trek the old Tokaido including mountain roads and cobblestones for about 1 hour, so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
◆ If you have any of the following circumstances, please fill in the reservation form in advance.
・ Allergic ingredients
・ Religious food restrictions
・ If other special consideration is required