Hakone

About two years ago, I wrote a short blog post about our weekend trip to Hakone, a very popular local and tourist attraction in Kanagawa Prefecture, well known for its onsen (public hot bath) hot springs and views of Mt. Fuji.  This is a full (much longer) post of our trip.

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We bought the Odakyu Freepass, which included a round-trip ticket from Shinjuku and Hakone-Yumoto stations, along with unlimited boarding for several types of transportation in the Hakone area. From Shinjuku station, we took the Odakyu Romance car train to Hakone-Yumoto station.

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From Hakone-Yumoto, we took the Hakone Tozan train to Gora.

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Gora is a very small and quiet town.

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From Gora, we took the Hakone cable car to Sounzan.

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From Sounzan, we took the Hakone cable ropeway to Owakudani. 

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You had a good view of the area from the cable car.

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Upon arriving at Owakudani, we had a hot soba meal at the station.

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We visited the Great Boiling Valley, where you can find many active hot springs and sulfur vents …

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… where you will find kuro-tamago, a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs.

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From Owakudani, we took another Hakone cable ropeway to Togendai.  From Togendai, we took the Hakone sightseeing Pirate cruise ship to the town of Motohakone-ko – aye matey!

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Motohakone-ko is a small seaside town with a large red torii gate.

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Overnight, we stayed at Prince Ryuguden Hotel, a traditional Japanese style hotel called a ryokan in Hakone near Lake Ashi.

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It was a very nice hotel – we had a large room with a great view.

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In the evening, futons were setup on the tatami floor for sleeping.

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While at the ryokan, we wore yukata which was supplied by the hotel.  The onsen was private, clean and empty (sorry, no pictures allowed inside the onsen).

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We received excellent personal service.

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In our room, a very traditional Japanese dinner …

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… and breakfast were served. It was certainly a very unique experience for us.

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From our hotel room, we had a great view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.

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The next day, we took the Komagatake Ropeway cable car ride to the top of the mountain, providing great views of Mt Fuji the surrounding area.

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There was a small Shinto shrine at the top.

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We had lunch in a soba restaurant near the Komagatake Ropeway cable car station. Soba is a speciality of the Hakone area.

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You will find the Hakone-en Aquarium in the same area.

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As well as a few gift shops to buy some souvenirs.

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Before taking the train home, we walked around Hakone-Yumoto near the station.

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Some of the loot we bought from the trip.

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It was definitely a memorable trip, our first time staying at a ryokan.  We were also lucky to see a good view of Fuji-san.

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