The Day I fell in love (once more)
Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
43Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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Didn't think of that when we started our Hakone loop today!
Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. It is believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives.Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses to guide the ancestors' spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are performed, graves are visited and food offerings are made at house altars and temples.
Oh well :)
Kimberley wasn't feeling too well but we really didn't want to miss this trip so she decided to stay at home for the day, rest up and get well because we're leaving to Kyoto the next day.
We took the Shinkansen to Odawara, where we transferred to Hakone-Yumoto. Hakone is all about the Hakone Loop if you ask me. It takes you through exquisite environments and really shows you what Japan is all about. Nature-wise that is!
In Gora we got some food and checked out some of the souvenirshops. Then we took another train to Kouen-Shimo, at 587 meters. I'm getting a bit shaky-- fear of heights afterall. But the big killer doesn't come untill we reach Koen-Shimo and I have to take the ropeway which takes us over Owakudani at a whopping 1044 meters height. That's 1 kilometers from the ground. I'm shaking and trembling and Jordy is comforting me as he nearly drags me into the ropeway and next thing I know, I'm dangling above the ground.
I just gave up the camera to Jordy at that moment to take pictures for me so that I could see them later. Being the daredevil that I am though, I did manage to peek at Owakudani between my fingers, squeek a bit and then close my eyes for the remaining trip :')
We couldn't see much, just the base and the top but it felt like a victory to me! Three times in Japan and I had never seen Fuji, not even a little bit, until now! Jordy ate his eggs and we sat and relaxed for a bit at the top, watching Owakudani.
The last part of the Hakone Loop is my personal favorite-- a boat ride on this flamboyant pirate boat on Ashinoko. The pictures say it all I think.
We went back to Hakone-Yumoto, walked around the city for a bit and then returned home because we had an early start ahead of us-- Kyoto awaits!