Japan Day 9: Kawaguchiko and Hakone

We were in Kawaguchiko to see Fuji and Sakura Blossoms. Unfortunately, the blossoms were still mostly buds. But we did get a few good views of Fuji:

Early from our window.

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Earl grey bread

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Aubri found a minion…err, friend…

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And blue rose ice cream…

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Distance from Kawaguchiko to Hakone: 57km.
Four buses and six hours later, we finally arrive at Hakone-Yumoto.

We took more pictures through the window of some of the trains, thus straining our necks and distracting us from the long ride.

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So we finally made it to Hakone and had to walk for a while to find our hotel. It’s an attractive ryokan with an onsen, so there will be a nice bath before bed. But first we drop off our stuff, get directions, and head for the Open Air Museum.

I should add at this point that it would’ve been prudent for us to buy a Hakone Freepass, but I could never figure out where to get them. They cost 4000jpy/ea for adults, but cover unlimited rail/bus/whatever rides in the Hakone area for two days. It would’ve saved me a bit if we’d done anything else except the Open Air Museum.

A 30 minute 720-yen rail ride later, we arrived at the museum.

We came here so that Aubri could play on the structures, really.

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A low-hanging tree.

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Playing with her new best friend.

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Wiped out from all the play.

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So then we were all exhausted. We took the rail back, found some curry at 7-11 and asked the hotel to heat it up for us. And then we had a bath and collapsed with exhaustion.

Unfortunately with the timing, we didn’t get to go to the Valley of Hell (/boiling valley) because it’s apparently in a different area of Hakone. We’re going to pick up the black eggs this morning as a snack anyway.

We’ve also decided to skip Karuizawa, even though I had a reservation. Our host family was kind enough to extend us so we added an early day. We’ve had enough of 4-6 hour train rides each day. So next stop: Tokyo!

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One thought on “Japan Day 9: Kawaguchiko and Hakone

  1. Maryleary says:

    Great pictures

    Sent from my iPad

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