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- Shuttle bus service
- Breakfast Available
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Refrigerator in room
- Non-smoking hotel
- High-speed internet in room
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... it to Hatajuku (it took a little under 2 hours and was close to a 4 mile hike). A group of Japanese college students were also waiting for the bus. They quickly made room for Will and I on the lone bench then entertained us with dancing and songs while we waited for the bus. They also kindly offered for us to board first (we declined), but insisted Will and I take the one remaining seat. The bus ride passed quickly. Back in Hakone Yumoto we enjoyed snacks and a couple ...
This morning we head off to Hakone, about 80 min train ride away from Tokyo, to stay in a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan). Hakone is located in Japan's Fuji National Park known for hot spring resorts and Mt Fuji views. At least we are told there are good views of Mt Fuji, not that it ever made an appearance for us. While we are waiting for our room to be ready we explore the area. We take the cute little red train (which after we discover ...
... trip is up. Once breakfast was done we packed up what was left in our room and headed to the subway. We needed to catch a train a bit further away so it was a bit more of a walk through Ginza going against the flow of businessmen in suits heading to work. We managed to get on the right train and headed to Shinagawa station which is one of two bullet train stations in Tokyo. The bullet train ride was only about 25 minutes before we got to the nearest station to Hakone ...
... Apparently, most things close pretty early there and I was told the hostel had a 11 pm curfew (made me feel like I was back in High School). I walked over to a local Tempura restaurant for a decent meal and then back to the hostel (8 people per room, not much privacy, not very social). I decided to get to sleep early (not much else to do) so I could wake up for my big date with Mt. Fuji.
The next day I woke up early, and ...
... adjacent island. Despite being only 15 km away, it took us over an hour to drive there. Just when I was thinking we should've taken the train, a ridiculously packed one passed us. Luckily we found parking even if it was further away than we would've liked. We passed many a restaurant with long lines as we trekked toward our destination. "Do you want to get in line for lunch tomorrow?" Mike joked at one establishment whose queue wrapped around the block. It ...