From Tokyo, we took a train to Odawara, then a bus to Hakone, a mountain town famous for its hot springs, natural beauty, and vicinity of Mt. Fuji. In Hakone, we did what most tourists do: the Hakone Round Course, in which we circled the region with five different means of transportation (train, cable car, ropeway, boat, and bus), all included in the Hakone Free Pass. Due to increased volcanic activity, the ropeway course going through the crater area Owakudani was closed during our visit and we missed the chance to buy and taste the black eggs cooked in the naturally sulphuric hot spring. Eating one is said to prolong one’s life by seven years, so it was quite a miss! Hakone is a popular resort town, we found everything there quite pricey, but staying in a ryokan and experiencing a soak in an onsen (hot spring bath) are definitely worth it!
Photos by Arnold Hozana