Tonosawa Ichinoyu Shinkan
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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
... Fuji. We were driven to our traditional ryokan where we were welcomed in and taken to our room, then given traditional robes to change into. We were served a katsekai dinner in our room which consisted of about ten courses. The highlight was when Jona spilled his beer over our entire table, and once we got that cleaned up I started having gag reflexes over some very chewy sashimi. We agreed not to let our server know what had ...
... that is utterly pervasive. It's actually become something of a game - to try and find the one piece of garbage that someone forgot to pick up. Even out here in the countryside, groundskeepers and old ladies minding their storefronts and even off-duty tour guides - all routinely, perpetually seem to be picking up and maintaining the cleanliness of even the busiest tourist areas.
This morning ...