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... t enough, one part of the area is a virtual hotbed of seismic activity, which meant sulphuric emissions, resulting in huge flumes of rising steam clouds. It is quite dramatic to watch and it seemed that the whole thing could blow at any time. This felt a bit threatening, particularly given the recent volcano eruption a few hundred kilometers away. But seeing the busloads of school kids and tourists ...
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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 ...
... up the courage, and after a bottle of sake, beer and a shot of schoschu, we finally made it to the grand bath. We strategically went immediately after dinner, because no one wants to be completely naked in scalding hot water on a full stomach. Except us, in order to avoid being naked around a bunch of tiny Japanese people. So we went and both agreed it was amazing. We had agreed to meet within 15 minutes (they recommended soaking ...
... 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 ...
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