Hakone Pax Yoshino
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... I’ve had strangers offer their seat, collect tissues for me once when Will got sick (admittedly not a fun experience), given us candies, snacks, fruit and once a US dollar bill (that was a bit strange). However, mostly they offer smiles and reassurances that we are in fact welcome here. So, I will continue to prefer public transportation even if it may be quicker to venture by car. And let’s be honest, the trains and buses are still way faster than traveling on the Old Tokaido ...
... to figure out how to order drinks. Much to our surprise, the basic drink was included. I nabbed some curry and it was so good! From there, we wandered and checked out all the little businesses around. We eventually found ourselves going through a tunnel that went from Zushi to Hayama, where Jiji was raised. While there, we climbed a big hill, which seemed like a mountain to meand my knees, and made it to the top. On ...
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 ...
... style. A visit to the Meiji Toju Shrine which was identical to the one we saw on Saturday. Bonus was it was late afternoon and ************e there so quite serene. And we saw another traditional style wedding. If you come to Tokyo can recommend including a weekend so you see the weddings at the shrines. Around Harajuku Station is jammed packed with people and a carnival atmosphere, even Hari Kristna dancers.
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... ryokan which roughly translates to an inn. It was really cool as it was like those traditional Japanese settings you see on tv with the straw mat floors and pillows for sitting. Our room had a private onsen which is a hot spring bath on our balcony. Traditional supper was also included in our stay and luckily we checked in when we did as we almost missed the meal after our adventures earlier in the day. Normally you are supposed to relax in the onsen then go for ...