Hakone, Lake Ashi & Hakone Shrine

Trip Start Sep 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 02, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

From Nikko we headed to Hakone hoping to see Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) and explore the area.

At Hakone we had two options, either to take the ropeway in the forest or a bus to the Lake Ashi and the chance to see Fuji-san. The weather was cloudy and therefore our chances were minimal but we wanted to try our luck and get to the lake. The road to Lake Ashi was amazing (and scary!) as the bus drove up winding roads in the mountainous forest.

Now is a good time to point out one of the many observations we have made in Japan - we are not sure how they do it, but it may be an explanation for why they live so long or look so young, but Japanese people can fall asleep instantly. Seriously everytime we take public transport or go to an event there are rows of people just fast asleep, yet wAke up looking like nothing happened...! Amazing and just one of many observations we have noted. The one hour bus drive was worth it and the view from the lake overlooking the red Hakone shrine was breath-taking. Mark even managed to spot a group of Gobies (his addiction to tropical fish!) in the water! Unfortunately, Fuji-san was somewhere in the clouds so maybe next time then..

As we were rushed to get to Takayama before dark, we soon left Lake Ashi to catch our train. To our suprise the Canadian couple, who we met at Nikko and who had spent their day exploring more World Heritage sites, sat two rows behind us in the train on their way to Osaka! (small Japan...)

We finally arrived to Takayama in the evening and walked 2km to our hostel Sakura Guest House.

PS. We apologise for any possible grammar errors =)

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