Hakone is famous for its Hot Springs, which due to volcanic activity in the area are quite high in sulphur content.. You can take a ropeway and cable car up into the moutains and see the places where the springs come up above ground! It's a barren landscape that looks almost as if it could be from a different planet… Everywhere STINKS of sulphur.. it's just hugely smelly! there's clouds of sulphur filled steam floating about from all the springs below ground venting gases and evaporating water into the air.. It's bearable! but you wouldn't really want to hang about all that long… This is one of the pools created by a hot sulphurous spring from beneath the ground. All the pools were cordoned off for general safety as the water is hot enough to burn you quite severely if you were unlucky enough to fall in… It's a very odd landscape… This particular pool has a special purpose, they use it to cook the local delicacy which is… The black boiled egg! As modelled by my lovely assistant Jessica :) Basically they boil the egg in the sulphur springs and because of the high sulphur content in the water and the cooking process used the shell goes completely black… An interesting novelty! They sell the things by the bag full up there for a superbly reasonable price, and yes, they're completely edible! Once you peel off the shell, a normally cooked boiled egg is revealed. The inside of the egg is just like any other boiled egg, despite how charred it might look from the outside! They taste pretty good with a bit of salt and pepper added! just like normal boiled eggs really.. None of the sulphur makes it through the egg shell during the cooking process. A very rare photo of myself and Jessica together :) photo credits go to a very kind Japanese lady who happened to be nearby at the time… Steam from the springs being vented up into the sky… The mountainside had a fantastic kind of atmosphere to it, with archaic rusting machinery and pumps and piping creeping all around like some long forgotten industrial mining operation from another world… The industrial side of the mountain… All the towers and facilities visible here (which look a little like mining complexes almost) are owned by Onsen's (hot spring inns) and public baths at the bottom of the mountains. They pump the fresh hot water from the mountain down to their establishments to fill the baths with… If you're able to spot any bright yellow patches on the ground, these are sulphur deposits… Barren and alien but also familiar… Jessica :) The sulphur springs they use to cook eggs in which feature in the earlier photos are further up the mountain straight on ahead from this point (where the clouds of steam are rising from!) Three generations of the same family.. We visited Hakone with both Jessica's grandmother and mother. Here's all of them together. In height and (decreasing) age order!