Whenever my photographic memory accesses the Japan slideshow, this scene is reoccurring. Someone put this shot in slot 22, 36, and 67 on the slide machine. Its burned there permantely just left of the medulla. I'm glad this is where my record skips and not where the scene of the Beating Fish heart is.
The Love Call
Fairy tales and fables played into my reality here and there in the land of the Rising Sun. With thousands of years of history how can word of mouth stories be non-existent. Supposedly at love point two lovers committed the ultimate self maiming, suicide. Lovers have flocked here in rememberance for years and to strike the love call bell. I am a lover with a lover so I voyaged there hand in hand. More so than the story the path and surroundings are astounding. Sitting up high on a cliff views of the crystal blue ocean and Mt. Fuji add up to be a must see. The Love Bell sits on the west side of Izu and is easily accessible from the main road that drives the cicumference of Izu Peninsula.
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Eat boiled egg at Owakudani
It's mean "Hell Mountain" as sulfur fumes arise from the ground. There is a hot spring that used to boiled eggs. Believe that the eating of one egg can longer your life for 7 years.
I travelled here by tour bus, and there is another way, by ropeway. We used ropeway to travel to Lake Ashi.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Owakudani Hot Springs
Owakudani is the area around a crater created in the last eruption of Mt. Hakone 3000 years ago. Sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced on a walk in the area.
It's a good hike up the side of the crater, but a man-made staircase has been built into the somewhat steep slope of the crater. The smell can be rather overwhelming, not only due to the sulfurous fumes, but also because of the eggs. (Yes, I said eggs!)
Eggs boiled in the hot springs are said to prolong one's life by seven years and are readily available for sale. The most rewarding part of this adventure is the beautiful views from the top of the Owakudani crater. A breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed from this spot.
- Hiking and Walking
This is a popular amusement park located right adjacent to Mount Fuji. This park includes the world's fastest roller coaster, Dodonpa at speeds of over 170 km/h. Secondly, they have one of the biggest walk-in haunted house in the world, where you need to take at least 1 hour to venture through it. Thirdly, they have one of the steepest roller coasters in the world, the Fujiyama.
- Theme Park Trips
At fith station, as far as the bus takes you, there are a few restaurants and souvenir shops as well as several easy walking trails. On the mountain itself it's not easy to take a decent photo (not for my limited ability anyway!), best shots seem to be from some distance away!. This is a monument to the first people to climb the mountain with a cold guy in a silly shirt!
Lake Ashi (Ashi-no-ko)
Lake Ashi, 20km in circumference, is a slender lake formed in the Hakone caldera some 400 thousand years ago. The inverted reflection of Mt. Fuji viewed through the pine avenue in the southern shore is picturesque scenery. Lake Ashi abundant in pond smelt, trout, black bass and other kinds of fish, many people enjoy fishing there.
- Family Travel
Hakone Sightseeing Ship
Hakone Sightseeing Ship are sailing in Lake Ashi between Togendai, Hakonemachi and Moto-Hakone. The fleet has three ships and both are Pirate Boats. On "the Pirate Boats in the wonderland", you will have wonderful scenes of Lake Ashi, like a virgin forest, hotels lined and a red torii or a gateway at the entrance to Hakone Shrine along the lake side.
In the fall of 1996, "Frontier", the side-wheeler in the Mississippi, has made its debut on the line, which is quite different from the three pirate boats. Enjoy cruising in these boats.
Hakone Ropeway going 4,035 m distance between Sounzan stn. to Togendai stn, is the longest in Japan and the second longest in the world behind Kriens Bahn in Switzerland. Gondolas for 13 passengers go up to the sky every minute. You will be satisfied with the magnificent panoramas all the way over the sea of trees from Sounzan to Togendai near by Lake Ashi, via Owakudani and Ubako. The highest point is 130 m high above the ground between Sounzan and Owakudani. When you look down from the sky, the big crater will move you by its overwhelming energies. Proceeding to Ubako and Togendai, You will really enjoy the grand view of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji behind Mt. Kami. The views from the sky will show you their different figures depending on the season.
- Family Travel
Mount Fuji Park
Walking around Mount Fuji Park gives one a feeling of serenity. It's not crowded during the Winter months & the air is so fresh! Incredibly fresh! I mean, have you really experienced just breathing in the air & consciously feeling it fill your whole being during Winter? Just feel & not think of anything else but the air... I don't mean at places like the East Coast in US where it's freezingly cold, but in places like Vancouver, Tokyo, San Francisco, where temperature are above freezing point. It's a great feeling & I feel blessed. Really blessed to be among the rich... not in monetary terms, but in nature & consciousness. We have so much in this world, all that can be enjoyed without accumulating fervently at the stores & owning every single item we come across. The cool breeze, the sunlight, the snow, the rocks, the colorful petals... all there for just for you to absorb into your consciousness & life.
Can you see the mountain behind me? Yeah, that's the awesome Mount Fuji! It's very rare that one can see it clearly from afar. Most of the time, people don't get to see it in person. It's always captured on postcards but to see it with your own eyes is another matter altogether. The Japanese considered it good luck to be able to see Mount Fuji at least once in their lifetime. It's a little like how the Chinese feel about visiting the Great Wall of China.
When the weather is warmer, this is one of the most romantic destination in Japan where countless couples will be enchanted by the cherry blossoms in the Spring & the Japanese maple leaves in the Autumn.
At the park.
Be thankful with what life has to offer...
Every place you go to, every person you meet, every experience is the laying of foundation to your future.
As Martha Washington puts it:
'You can't invent events. They just happen. But you have to be prepared to deal with them when they happen.'
This Lake Kawaguchi is very popular holiday destination in Japan. It is just by the famous Fuji mountain and you can see the mountain often from the lake depends on the buildings and forest location.
Yamanashi Gem Museum
This is the Yamanashi Gem Museum in Kawaguchiko. As often common in many East Asian countries also here it is traditional way of processing jewels and creating beautiful items.