The Prince Hakone
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I read several articles about hiking the Old Tokaido trail. However, there was some variability with the information. One Japan lesson I’ve learned is since we cannot often read the best source of information we have to approach most outings with a sense of adventure and flexibility. Initially I’d read that you could walk all the way to Hakone Yumoto station in 3.5 hours via this 400 year old highway. I made a plan for the day. In the morning, ...
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 ...
... people at the top earlier in the day, we figured if we took the bus we could get up from the other side. It too was closed when we arrived which was a huge disappointment. The views from the top of the mountain are apparently the best views of Mt Fuji and it was getting to that golden hour for pictures that Gina was really hoping to capture. Now we were stuck on the other side of the mountains lining the lake and daylight was disappearing. We took a cable car down from ...
... a mid-aged Japanese couple came in after playing a baseball game. They spoke almost no English either but were really interested in talking with me (thank you google translate). We shared some hot sake (which I am beginning to LOVE) and some cold sake (do not like as much), and they helped me order some better food. We hung out for a while but eventually I left (had to make curfew). I enjoyed a nice soak in the Onsen at the top of my hostel ...
Today at breakfast we were seated at the other side of the room where the printed placements reflected the names of the towers we could view. Yesterday's placements depicted that view and we pity the poor trainee who might muck the placemats up! After receiving such attention to her personal meal requirements, they must have been happy to wave Naomi off. Just as well we still had Kaoru (our guide) to help us navigate our way to Shinjuku station, though the unforgiving ticket gates ...