Yay onsens again! ahhhhhhh!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Feb 01, 2007

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Hibari House

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Monday, December 11, 2006

     Well we were fed up about having no bath in Hibari House and i was missing the onsen in Bandai-atami so we booked two nights in a Ryokan with onsen in the area of Hakone. Hakone is a national park about 90km west of Tokyo and just south of Mt. Fuji, it is known for its beauty and people use it as a place to get away from Tokyo for a while.
      We spent the first day doing a loop of the national park using train, cable car, ropeway, boat and bus. We stopped off at Owakudani, a volcanic valley which was created by an eruption over 2000 years ago. People have been using the volcanic water for centuries  for onsens. They boil eggs  in the water at the  top (1050m) , the water turns the shells black and u get 6 for 500yen. By eating the eggs we gained magical powers (err not), but they were nice.
     We then continued our journey around the park by sailing across lake Ashi on a pirate boat, on a clear day you can get good views of Mt. Fuji, but it was too cloudy and we could not see it.
     We then spent a really relaxing evening soaking in the onsen and drinking beer to recover afterward! The next day we walked around the town we were staying at saw some nice scenery and prayed at a shrine.
 We are back in Tokyo now so enjoy the pics, we are going to get our hair cut soon also we are in Gifu and Kyoto with Yoji next week so more pics soon!
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peteandbarb on

you have a thing about pirates pete. Love the pictures, you saw some wonderful things. Really love the two ugly boats.
Make the most of the onsen, we are not having one fitted when you get home. Lots of love Mum and Dad xx

lickthestamp on

thanks for the 90 pictures! they do have a lot of shrines in japan. you are very brave going on that cable car - it looked really scarey. glad you are keeping up the pirate tradition oh are me hearties! yes that bloke was definately at party! he obviously hasnt recovered yet.hope eggs didnt have any bad effects on u both!
looking forward to pics from you next travels!
all love mum & dad
ps think pete and barbara kept hitting the post message button!!!!

mattveale on

!Hello from Guildford!
Hi Guys

Looks like your still having an amazing time much more exciting than boring old Guildford! Just a quick message to say have a brilliant Christmas and New Year out there and that were all looking forward to seeing you in February. (I can't believe it's already been 4 months!) Take care of yourselves!


P.S. Pete got Guitar Hero 2, awesome, I hope you've been practising!

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