Apa Hotel Fuji-Chuou
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We spent 2 fun days, cruising on the lake, riding scenic cable cars up and over the mountains, buses shuttling us around from point to point, and a tramway taking us up to our mountainside hotel. Even the train ride there was a unique experience, a small train chugging up the mountain, with a few switchbacks along the way to overcome the steep climb. I could swear I heard it ...
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After breakfast we headed to the Open Air Museum. There were some very interesting sculptures, an area dedicated to Picasso and the biggest koi I've ever seen.
We then went back to Gora via cable care and ropeways. Luckily the weather was clear as we got ...
... car to Gora.
Caught the Tozan railway to Tonosawa.
Walked to our accommodation.
The place we are staying at is a traditional inn and was founded in 1630.
We have to wear slippers and have a yukata to wear.
But the best thing it is that we have a private onsen (hot spring bath).
Japanese rules are that you must be naked in the onsen ...
... he was away. We went to the karaoke club but didn't sing. They really wanted us to - we were the only anglophones there. Then we went to the public baths (separated by gender) and agreed to check them out and come back out with a thumbs up or down, indicating whether they were empty and we were happy to have a soak. The mens baths were empty but the female baths had about ten women in them, so I wimped out. Instead, we soaked in ...
... the big cities and get immersed in the culture and architecture and people. Alternately though - what Hakone is giving me a taste of - is a wealth of natural beauty to be found in the countryside and quiet whispering forests that seem to roll on endlessly once you leave the big city.
I stayed at my first ryokan here - the Lodge Fujimien. I can't really believe what <100 bux a night gets you here. The view from ...