Hotel Green Plaza Hakone
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... instance, as are the kimonos to be worn upon entry. The reward for users, however, are numerous. After a day of touring, it just felt so good to be soaking in the buff in a pool of hot mineral water with a bunch of equally nude men. Perhaps I should rephrase that.
Each night, Bonnie went to the ladies' onsen, I to the gents. An hour later, we met at the massage chairs (did I mention that they ...
... 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.
... 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 ...
... jacuzzi and steamed in our sauna. Monday morning we decided to have a traditional Japanese breakfast, again served in our room. Grilled fish was great, but I drew the line at baby sardines. You could see their tiny silver eyes, not something I normally want to wake up to! We took a cable car up the mountain and then a rope way across and down to Lake Ashi, where we were met by a pirate ship (random!) which took us across. We ...
... 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 ...