Hakone Hotel Kowakien
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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 ...
... Mt Fuji.
That pretty much filled in the day as we got back to our accommodation just in time for dinner. I enjoyed today's meal a bit more than last nights.
Now we have packed all our stuff ready to head off to Takayama tomorrow and I've spent some time relaxing in the Onsen for the last time.
... we have a private one. None of us are keen to go naked with other people.
Dinner was very interesting we had a traditional Japanese meal I didn't like the seafood but the pork and chicken dishes were really nice.
After dinner we returned to our room and I finally got to enjoy some time in the onsen.
Now I'm relaxed and ready to sleep.
... 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 ...
... almost-non-sequiteur appearance of a museum entirely dedicated to Antoine du Saint-Exupery and the Little Prince!
The botanical garden in particular overwhelmed me with the breadth of natural beauty on display. Walking among reeds and flowers in an enormous sunlit field, I felt so keenly that I've been 'doing it wrong' with an endless slog of overtime hours and wasted PTO.
I guess I just didn't know what I was ...