箱根 Hakone (1): A view from 強羅駅 (Gora Station), Hakone. Gora is the last stop of 箱根登山電車 (Hakone Tozan Line).
箱根 Hakone (2): This Hakone Tozan Cable Car funicular runs between 強羅 (Gora) and (早雲山) Sounzan.
箱根 Hakone (3): This is Hakone's popular ロープウェイ (ropeway).
I don't usually do heights, but this time I enjoyed the panoramic view from the sky.
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (4): Owakudani is known for its sulfurous fumes and hot spring.
The smell of sulfur may be a litte too strong for some people.
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (5): Danger...
80 degrees in Celsius is 176 degrees in Fahrenheit. It's very 熱い (atsui = hot).
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (6): Guess who's the guy with unkempt hair?
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (7): When the weather is fine, you can see Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, from Owakudani. Unfortunately it was cold and cloudy,
and I couldn't see Mt. Fuji very well. So I took this picture of a small mountain instead.
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (8): Owakudani is also famous for 黒い卵 (kuroi tamago = black eggs).
The shell of eggs boiled in Owakudani's hot spring turns black. Eating one black egg is said to prolong your life by seven years.
I had one this time. A bag of five eggs is 500 JPY (5 USD). It was heartbreaking to eat this black egg because...see the picture below.
大涌谷 Owakudani, 箱根 Hakone (9): She sits calmly in front of a souvenir shop. I thought this was very Japanese. I mean, weird.
桃源台 Tougendai, 箱根 Hakone (10): This is 海賊船 (a pirate ship).
The lake is 芦ノ湖 (Ashinoko = Late Ashi). I didn't have time to get on the ship. Maybe next time.
桃源台 Tougendai, 箱根 Hakone (11): 芦ノ湖 (Lake Ashi) from the ropeway.
This place is not that far from Tokyo.
The shuttle bus is available between Tougendai and Shinjuku, Tokyo. A one way ticket costs about 20 USD.
More pictures will be added soon.
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