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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.
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After breakfast we headed to the Open Air Museum. There were some very interesting sculptures, an area dedicated to Picasso and the biggest koi I've ever seen.
We then went back to Gora via cable care and ropeways. Luckily the weather was clear as we got ...
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
Today is a day we will not soon forget. We attended the first day of the Tokyo Sumo tournament in Ryogoku. We got there probably a bit too early as the stadium was fairly empty and the amateur sumo wrestlers were fighting. Once the big guys started, we couldn't believe it. The stadium was jam packed. The ceremony and general atmosphere was amazing. Great experience all around. We then took a bullet train to Odawara station in Hakone, ...
... the big cities and get immersed in the culture and architecture and people. Alternately though - what Hakone is giving me a taste of - is a wealth of natural beauty to be found in the countryside and quiet whispering forests that seem to roll on endlessly once you leave the big city.
I stayed at my first ryokan here - the Lodge Fujimien. I can't really believe what <100 bux a night gets you here. The view from ...