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    • Day 7

      Vom Lake Shai nach Nagano

      September 11, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Mit Fuji und Affen.
      Na ja, die Affen 🙈 scheinen nicht so wild. Sollen aber im Winter im heissen Wasser baden. Heute ist aber 30 Grad 🤣👍
      Abends im Izakaya. Was für super Essen mit nur Japaner 🇯🇵

    • Day 6

      Hankone und Umgebung

      April 2, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Heute morgen ist es etwas kühler und wir reisen um die 1.000 m Höhe im Pullover. Erst Hankones Skulpturengarten, dann mit der Seilbahn zu den brennenden Bergen. Schwefel pur und schwarze Eier probiert. Dann mit der Seilbahn zum See. Bootstour mit einem Piratensegler, doch der Fuji son zeigt sich nicht. Picknick im Park und zum Abschluss eine Intarsienwerkstatt besucht.Read more

    • Day 87

      Hakone day 2

      December 26, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

      מאד נהננו באקונה יום 1 שאפילו שקלנו להוסיף יום אבל לא הוספנו. בבוקר עוד הספקנו להכנס שוב לאונסן ויצאנו ב 10 רעננים. עברנו בגנים צרפתיים בגורה (גורה זה שם המקום), רכבלים עד לאגם ומישם שייט. בדרך עברנו בפסגה בגייזרים, לא הייתה ראות לפוג'י (אבל היינו שם יום קודם אז לא היה אכפת לנו) ואכלנו שתי ביצים שחורות של אונסן כל אחד. אחרי השיט פתאום יפה הפוג'י מהעננים והיה מאד פוטוגני. עשינו מסלול הליכה ביער בדרך קדומה מקיוטו לטוקיו מתקופת הסמוראים. 4 קמ. היה מאד יפה. פתאום נהיה 4 והתחיל להחשיך וקפצנו על אוטובוס ומיד רכבות עד להוסטל הרגיל באסקסה בטוקיו.Read more

    • Day 11

      Hakone SightSeeing

      May 30 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Aufgetankt und voller Energie gings heute auf Sight Seeing Tour.
      Wir haben die Seilbahn genommen an den See und dann dort ein absolut echtes Piratenschiff das mit Piratendiesel betrieben wird. Wir haben dann das erste Mal den Mount Fuji gesehen, der auch von unserem Hotel zu sehen wäre bei wolkenfreien Himmel.
      Der Touri-Hotspot hat alle Spezialitaten feil geboten, die Erdbeeren in Mouchireis und die Schweinchen-Guezli. Danach sind wir mit der Gondel wieder auf den Berg und haben das Vulkanmuseum besucht, das im Schwefelnebel liegt. Hier konnten wir die berühmten schwarzen Eier kaufen, die so gesund sind, das mal nach dem Verzehr 7 Jahre älter wird.
      Und danach gings wieder ins Hotel und in den Onsen um uns fürs Buffet frisch zu machen. Das Essen hier im Hotel ist echt cool. Die Auswahl ist riesig an Fisch und Sushi und Udon undundund...
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    • Day 10

      In search of a mountain

      August 18, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      Today was the first day in a while where we were spending the whole day in one place. We decided we would aim to see Mt Fuji. Being summer the days are very hazy combine that with the fact there has been a lot of cloud around meant we haven't been able to spot Mt Fuji from the train or other places where it is meant to be visible.

      We have been very lucky with the rain, some areas in northern Japan have been flooded over the last few days but apart from a 1 minute shower in Hiroshima and going through some rain on the Shinkansen we have had dry weather the whole time.

      There are a number of ways to get close to Mt Fuji so we decided to go the way that involves riding the Shinkansen - just one last time! We had a quick breakfast and headed to Shinjuku station to get the subway back to Tokyo Station. We booked ourselves some return tickets to Odawara, about 70kms out of Tokyo so still very much in the suburbs, and headed up to the platform. This one was a Kadama Shinkansen most of the others we have been on were mostly Hakaris. There are different types or classes of Shinkansen, they all do the same thing just slight differences between each.

      The trip took less than 30 mins and we dropped into the Tourist Information office in Odawara for some suggestions. The very helpful lady suggested we head up to Lake Ashi in the Hakone area which sounded good to us. She also managed expectations and said it was unlikely we will see Mt Fuji anyway given the cloudy weather. We bought the tickets and headed to the first of the 2 train stages.

      Then the wheels fell off. I blame poor signage at the station and the fact a train was there ready to go but we hopped on the wrong train. This meant we made a short detour to Matsuda before getting another train back to Odawara and try again. That was the first and only time in the whole trip we messed up our trains - just goes to show how easy it is to get around.

      Anyway no harm done and we only lost about 30 mins. At Odawara we double checked this time and boarded the train up to Hakone-Yumoto where we changed trains to go up into the mountains. We could tell the whole time the train had been climbing but when we boarded the next train the climbing really started.

      The second train was a little 2 carriage electric thing that ran from Hakone-Yumoto to Kawakidani and climbed about 450m in the process. The views out the windows were really beautiful with deep river valleys and really high peaks. The little train had to go through 3 switchbacks where the driver and the guard would get out and slowly swap ends and we would proceed on our way. It was only 1 lane going up so we had to stop at some stations for the train going down to pass.

      Once at Kowakidani we switched to a bus to take us down to Motohakone on the shores of the beautiful Lake Ashi.

      This was a cute little tourist town with lots of tourist type shops. We bought a couple of souvenirs and walked along the lake foreshore looking at the sights. It was really nice.

      To take advantage of the view we bought a couple of sandwiches and a couple of beers from the 7-Eleven and went and sat on the foreshore to have a great lunch. Lake Ashi has one of the vermilion gates actually in the water, you often see it on tourist brochures.

      We walked along the foreshore through the cedar grove that was planted 400 years ago to give protection from the weather. You could imagine the area in winter being covered in snow.

      Unfortunately the mountain eluded us and we didn't get to see it. We did see where it was meant to be if the cloud wasn't in the way.

      We then boarded the R bus and headed back to Hakone-Yumoto and boarded the train back to Odawara for our last Shinkansen ride. I did a count and in the 11 days we were in Japan we did 10 Shinkansen trips, not a bad effort!

      We had dinner back at the hotel, pizzas in the cafe with a couple of beers.

      Tomorrow is our last day in Japan before we head home tomorrow night.
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    • Day 6

      Lake Ashi

      July 9, 2010 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      On Friday, we set out early to begin our mixed-mode circuit around Hakone. First up: a Pirate Ship running the length of Lake Ashi from Moto-Hakone to Togendai. This was a kitschy but fun experience. En route, we were treated to views of misty Lake Ashi.

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    • Day 5


      June 7, 2016 in Japan ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

      Usually a touristy spot around Fuji-san but looks more like a sleepy fushing village at this time of the year and day.

      We are having a breakfast if Nigiri (rice ball stuffed with various stuff) bought at the closest 7 eleven, Lawson, Konbini or family mart.Read more

    • Day 19


      April 1, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      As a company trip we went to Hakone for one night and stayed in a really nice Hotel (Gora Kadan). We ate lots of great food and took a cruise on the lake. It was so much colder, than I expected it to be, but luckily we cook take a bath at an onsen in our hotel.Read more

    • Day 12

      Lake Village

      January 9, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 7 °C

      The boat is a replica of an old sailing ship that has been remodeled.
      Once on the other side of the lake we disembarked and explored the tourist town and had lunch there.
      I also managed to capture probably my best photo of the resplendent Mt Fuji.
      Should we revisit Japan it would be good to spend more time actually visiting Mt Fuji.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Hakone, هاكونه, 箱根, ក្រុងហាកុណិ, 하코네 정, Хаконе, ฮะโกะเนะ, 箱根町

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