|Fall Colors above Hakone, Japan|
Blog Entry #54: Japan Day 5: Into the Wilds via Bullet Train! The Hakone Circuit in One Day
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
|The view we went in search of...|
For our final day in Japan, Pat and I decided to use our Japan Rail Pass to travel to the Hakone region, on the outskirts of Mt. Fuji, in hopes of getting another view of Fuji and to enjoy the mountainous region not far from Yokohama.
In the course of making the circuit, we traveled by foot, subway, bullet train, regular train, narrow-gauged switchback train, funicular, cable-car, boat, and bus – a day of travel that I really think could only be done in Japan with its amazing public transportation system!
|Narrow gauge train in Hakone|
Pat thought his back could hold up for one more day, so we left the ship early and had reached the town of Hakone by 9:00 am, where our circuit began.
|A fellow traveller|
The Funicular train
|The Cable Car "Ropeway" up to Owakudani|
|Fall Colors on the Mountainside from the Cable Car|
|Japanese Maple in the wild|
Once we got to Gora we climbed to the top of the ridge by funicular to the summit of Soun-zan, and then by cable car to the volcanic hot spring fields of Owakudani – entering into thick clouds at the summit that precluded any views of Fuji, but did add a very mystical air to our travels.
|What we thought we'd see...|
|.... And what we actually saw!|
|Hot springs at Owakudani|
|At Owakudani hot springs|
|Eating Hot Springs Hard-boiled Eggs|
|Cable Car Conductors in front of Mt. Fuji|
Then the cablecar took us down the other side of the mountain to the
|Our Pirate Ship on Ahino-ko Lake|
When the weather is clear, there are lovely views of Mt. Fuji from the lake; I took photos of the posters in the station to remind us of what we would have seen had the fall clouds not enclosed us!
|What we hoped we'd see on Ahino-ko Lake...|
|.... And what we saw!|
After our final lunch of rice curry and noodle soup in the lakeside town of Hakone-machi, we made our way back to Yokohama via boat, train, bullet train, and subway, arriving a good hour before our on-ship time of 6:00 pm.
|Schoolkids waiting to board the Pirate Ship on Ahino-ko Lake|
|Traditional Drummers on the Pier in Yokohama|
|Drummers on Yokohama Pier|
|Home Sweet Home in Yokohama|
|Yokohama Skyline at Night from the Pier|
|Japanese Maples above Hakone, Japan|