Hakone Hotel Kowakien
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
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Happy Veterans Day from Japan! We were super excited to have a weekday off that was not also a Japanese holiday or pouring rain. The top 3 recommended day trips from Tokyo are Kamakura (~15 minutes from our house), Nikko (last month's big excursion) and Hakone, today's destination. The most recommended one day outing in Hakone is the scenic loop around the area using a train, cable car, boat, and ropeway gondola. This is the best way to see a pretty vast area in one ...
... switch backs required becomes our nemesis) to the cable car, up a steep mountain where we learn that the ropeway is closed due to "seismic activity." Hmmm. I'm supposing someone would let us know, or we would see puffs of smoke if Fuji was about to blow. We reroute to a bus that takes us down to Lake Ashi where we board a boat, pass a few red "torii" gates and supposedly sweeping view of mt Fuji. I'll have to take their word. On a side ...
... to walk through. From the park it was time for lunch. This time lunch was unique in the sense that we didn't order from a waitress, instead you put your money in a vending machine, made your choice and it spat out a ticket with a number. About 5 minutes later the kitchen calls your number and you get your food. No serving staff required. We just guessed based on the pictures. I ended up with cold soba noodles topped with fried shrimp, greens and onions all served cold. ...
... then asked them where a good Japanese Pub was (figured maybe I would meet people to eat with). They let me to some weird, obscure one that was a 10 min walk and looked like it was the downstairs of someone's house. I felt weird coming in and was the only one there. The menu had no english and very bad pictures. Eventually I just sort of let the old women that worked there pick something for me (talk about Russian roulette). A little after ...
Best Laid Plans I had mixed feelings on our return to Japan. It felt strange going home to a place that doesn't quite feel like home. In addition, our post-Bali plans were not coming together as hoped. We originally tried to book Bali for ten days, but since we planned the trip with a month notice, we couldn't get a great deal for anything longer than a week. We decided we'd return from Bali and do a night or two away here. Unfortunately unknown to us until a ...