OHSGG Services

OHSGG provides voluntary sightseeing guide services around Hakone and Odawara areas in foreign languages to assist visitors from outside of Japan and non-Japanese speaking residents. All members in our group are volunteers who have various backgrounds and are willing to introduce our area to the people from foreign countries.

Our service area is Odawara, Hakone and surrounding regions. We accept the guide request via e-mail and arrange the tailored tour for you. Let's enjoy the beautiful Hakone mountains and Mt. Fuji view with the taste of history during Samurai era.

Please visit Guide Services and Guide Routes pages for more detail.
If you need a guide for your tour, please visit Guide Request and Guide Policy pages.

Odawara and Hakone Area

Odawara and Hakone area is just 80km ~ 85km from Tokyo, only 35 minuets by Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo station and 85 minuets by Odakyu Romance Car from Shinjyuku station.

Since Hojyo family (one of Samurai families) stationed in Odawara in early 16c, Odawara and Hakone have been developed in various aspects along with the changes of lifestyles. However Hakone always attracts visitors of many fine hot springs (onsen) and locations with grand views of Mt. Fuji.

Hakone Circle Route is a full one day journey starts and ends at Hakone Yumoto station. You can use Hakone Free Pass issued by the Odakyu group to travel this route. Most of the highlights in Hakone are located along this route. Traveling through this route, you can enjoy varieties of rides, such as mountain train, cable car, ropeway, pirate ship and bus.

There are many additional optional spots that you may interested in in Hakone and Odawara area. If you have extra time, visiting these spots adds special memory to your travel. The assigned guide helps you to plan where to visit and how to get in and out from this area. You may consult the guide for any kind of interests and questions of your tour. If the assigned guide does not have enough information to answer, she or he will ask our experienced members and return to you with satisfactory information.

About Us

OHSGG (Odawara Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club) is the voluntary sightseeing guide organization established in 1996 as one of the systematized goodwill guide groups under Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

OHSGG has its base in Odawara, the entrance city to Hakone. All of our members are volunteers who want to share their sparetime with foreign visitors to Odawara and Hakone.

 

Events & News

Zazen Tour

#1: Nov. 25, 2017 (Saturday) 11:45~16:00

Major Contents

 

OHSGG provides voluntary sightseeing guide services around Hakone and Odawara areas in foreign languages to assist visitors from outside of Japan and non-Japanese speaking residents. This section explains Guide Area, our Guides, Guide Policy, Guide Request Procedure, Guide Assigning Process, Fees and Expenses, Guide Languages, Communication Methods, etc.

OHSGG has Facebook page to post photos during our guided tours, where you can find plenty of happy and joyful faces.

If you are wondering where to visit with our guide, please visit this section. You can find various spots and routes from the basic circle route to the varieties of options in Hakone, Odawara and surrounding areas.
If you like walking, our guide can take you to a short or a full day hiking depending on your request.

From the 8th century, Hakone has been known as the sacred place of mountain worships. During later period of Samurai era (Edo period: 1603~1867), Odawara and Hakone played the important role as its location on the main road between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. This section describes overview of City of Odawara, Hakone Town, and their History.
If you have an interest in a local events, visit Seasonal Event page. You may want to schedule your travel just on the day of the event.
Everyone wants to see Mt. Fuji. There are several good spots to view Mt. Fuji in Hakone.
If you are wondering about the local weather and temperature around the time of your travel, the precipitation and temperature data of Japan Meteorological Agency may help you.

JR Tokaido Shikansen Line (30minutes from Tokyo and 2.5hours from Kyoto) and Odakyu Line (1.5hours from Shinjyuku) are two major trains to visit Odawara and Hakone.

Occasionally OHSGG hosts a special guided tour, such as Sake Taisting Tour, Zazen Tour, or Daimyo Gyoretsu Tour.