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Just about 3 hours outside of Tokyo, we found our idyllic escape. The guidebook description alone was mouth-watering.
Hakone is a region popular among Tokyites (is this a word? If not, it should be) looking to escape the rat race for a day or more. Well up into the mountains, it boasts clean crisp air, lush forests, and a gorgeous alpine lake. Just what we were looking for.
As if ...
Today started with a traditional Japanese breakfast which was not at all to my taste. Breakfast included -
Dried Japanese Horse Mackerel
Natto (Fermented soybeans)
Steamed rice and Miso ...
We set off early today to catch the train to Hakone.
It's nice to get out of the city and see some of the countryside.
We dropped our bags off at the hotel and had a look around the town. Then did what they call the Hakone round trip.
Caught the bus to Moto-hakone-ko
Boarded a pirate ship that went across Lake Ashi.
Took 2 ropeways
... for a first timer), and Jona still hadn't emerged 25 minutes later. I was worried the mix of booze and hot water had gotten to him, but he just lost track of time. On our final morning at the ryokan, we had another Japanese breakfast. We relaxed in our kimonos on the balcony in the sunshine for a few hours, then left to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto. We had a magical stay at Gora Kadan and hope to come back someday with friends or ...
I was originally planning on limiting my vacation to Tokyo/Kyoto area, but hearing/reading a lot about Hakone convinced me to add it in at the last minute.
I'm here for 2 nights, but unfortunately I'm already regretting this - I wish I could stay here for a few weeks instead.
It would make for a very different kind of vacation, and one that I had not really considered. I wanted to come to Japan ...