Sights of Hakone
Trip Start May 20, 2010
48Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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normal spring weather.
After a breakfast of some fruit ( apple & orange bought locally ), soup & fried rice, we packed our bags and left for their Chiba home but with a day of sightseeing on the way.
We travelled north in what was very mountainous country and I could imagine we would have seen magnificent views on a clear day. With umbrellas in hand we visited the Hakone Checkpoint Museum by one of the lakes below Mt Fuji. This was a Historical site from the Edo
period about 300 years ago used to check on people who were travelling between east and west
For a snack along the way we called in at Owakudani, volcanic hot springs where they boil eggs in the hot sulphur rich water - and wait for it - the egg shells turn pitch black!
We also visited a famous traditional tea house which has stood for about 150 years serving travellers and in Hatajaku, a centre where they make the traditional wood mosaic. The craftsman gave us a really good presenation of how it is all done. Amazing!