Joining this tour is a great experience, because compared to other tours it went to various palces. Further, the bus was convenience for the trip.
Overall, I am fully satisfied with this trip.
During sight-seeing time, the view from Hakone Pirate Ship and Mount Fuji 5th Station was wonderful, I would never forget this view.
As for lunch, the BBQ buffet is great. Start from meat as the main dish, until ice-cream for dessert, everything is all-you-can-eat. Fully satisfied for food-lover as I am.
Last, we went to Gotemba Premium Outlet, good items and price, highly recommended.
The activity is recommended for families. We loved the cruise, the shabu shabu lunch, the trip going to the second station with the views of the majestic Mt. Fuji and of course the shopping at Gotemba. We did not go to the fifth station but then we went to Yeti ski park located at the second station. It was so much fun esp. for first timers as we all rode the sled. It was so nice to play and it felt that we were children once again. We took a lot of family pictures with the Mt. Fuji as our background. Highly recommended
We were picked up late at the Gracery Hotel in Shinjuku and were asked to walk about three blocks before boarding the tourist bus. We were not told the reason why, as the guide who fetched us could barely speak and understand English. She was nice but not dressed for the yeti park adventure as she was only wearing pants, a blazer and dress shoes with heels. Our guess was she just pitched in for some tourist guide who did not show up that day She was with another guide, a younger one, but could also speak and understand so little English. Both of them are so disorganized since they do not have a banner nor signage that they could hold up so we would know where to locate them. This took so much of our time just waiting for others and cannot proceed with the activities, since some tourists do not show up on time and these guides have to look for them every time we have to board the bus again.
But overall, it was FUN!
The day was cloudy which meant our itinerary changed. This tour was just a shopping centre trip. The only good thing about this was the Shabu-Shabu hot pot and the boat trip on Lake Ashi. The bus took us to a very dilapidated snow resort where the warmest place was in the shop. If you wanted a coffee then walk for 5 minutes in the bitterly cold weather. After we then went for 2 hours to a shopping centre! We didnt want to go shopping- we wanted to see Mount Fuji.
We had no commentary from our guide along the way. I would NOT recommend this tour to anyone considering it cost 160AUD.
Overall an enjoyable trip, unfortunately the closure of Mt.Fuji 5th station wasn't expected by the organizer is a bit surprise to me. Are we the only group visiting Mt.Fuji 5th station in that week? There should be a bottle of mineral water given by the organizer unfortunately perhaps everyone too excited and forget about it.
the overall trip is fine. Unfortunately the day that we visit Mt Fuji was raining heavily so we are not able to have any chance to have a good view of the Mt Muji accept we can only have a little feel of the cold air and everything is just so cloudy.
For Lunch - Pork Shabu Shabu we think that the time given is a little too rush and we should have a little more time so that we can really enjoy the hotpot!