Hakone

by Kieran August. 21, 2008 2610 views

After visiting Tokyo we went down to Hakone slightly further south for two days. The area is particularly famous for it's hot spring baths as there are many natural springs around. We stayed overnight at an ‘Onsen’ - an inn with baths of the premises. Japanese baths are very hot… They also have fantastic meals at these sorts of places, with, as you can see below, a spread of everything from raw fish to cooked fish to tofu to egg to miso soup (which had bits of crab in it still within shell..).

When we woke the next morning it was very misty. This lake is called Lake Ashi and several sorts of boats run around it to ferry tourists to the various interesting locations at different points around the lake. Hakone is a very tourist orientated area and many Japanese people also go there for short breaks or holidays.

They have these rather oddly out of place plastic looking replica pirate ships running as ferries.. I know not why this is!

Mist on the water.

Passing by a temple with a waterside gate (Torii)

One of the ports visible from the journey across the lake. There's another big red temple gate (Torii) visible here!

I think this building is a hotel, but once again it was a view we saw from the boat ride. It was really cold out there on that lake! Looks wonderfully mystical with the design of the buildings…

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