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.
Earl grey bread
Aubri found a minion…err, friend…
And blue rose ice cream…
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.
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.
A low-hanging tree.
Playing with her new best friend.
Wiped out from all the play.
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!