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    Kawazu-nanadaru Falls (7 Falls of Kawazu)

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    one of seven

    H2O passes with flow faster than feet can move. A well maintained path follows the meandering pass 820 meters above sea level set in the center of Izu Hanto (peninsula) ripping through the Amagi Pass. The waters here sparkle with an emerald green clarity reminiscent of waters that call The Gulf of Mexico home. Walking up the stone footpath, your guided over bridges outfitted with that stereotypical Japanese flair.

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    The View

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    let my record skip

    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.

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    The Love Call

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    the plaque

    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.

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    Heda

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Heda

    Also sitting on the northwest side of Izu is a smaller peninsula turned park called Heda. The peninsula forms a harbor for bobbing fish boats and piers laden with fishermen looking for a bite for dinner. The peninsula sports a beach area on the harbor and a rock pathway on the ocean front. Sitting centrally is a temple that seems so ignored in that its hidden within a densley forested section. Walk the paths that lead from the water and you will find solitude, you, yourself and you.

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    Kawazu-nanadaru Falls upper path

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Just past Odaru

    When you reach the furthest elevation, before you, Odaru will be rushing its waters over rock committing the not so bad crime of erosion, shaping the Kawazu Gawa River. This point in the hike will grant you passage further to see the head waters of the falls. Climb the staircase to get out of the crowd, most by this choice are already searching for the reverse route.

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    Hot Spring Baths (Onsen)

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Hakone Prince Hotel onsen, Japan

    One of the things you must experience in Hakone are the hot spring baths (called Onsen in Japanese) as this area is very famous for it due to the hot water from the underground volcanic activities. There are many onsens (both public and private) around the Hakone area and one of the best public Onsen is located at the Hakone Prince Hotel near to Moto-hakone. This onsen is opened to the public even though it is mainly for the hotel guest and the cost is 10,000 yen. There are seperate onsens for male and female. When you are there, you first need to pay and then they will give you the towels, soap for bathing etc. After that, put your valuable belongings, clothes and shoes into the locker and then you must bath first before entering the onsen. This is an open air onsen and is very relaxing, after that you can go and walk around the park area of the hotel jsut outside the onsen and it is very scenic because it is located along the banks of Lake Ashi.

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    Yamanaka-jo

    by chodearm Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    the old dry moats

    Upon arriving to Mishima I had a bit of business to take up at city hall. While sitting stagnant on lines I panned the room and locked eyes on a photo of these oddly manicured lawns.
    "Yuki, where the F is that?"
    "Thats Yamanaka-Jo, its through the mountains to Hakone."
    I had to get myself there. So I opted to take the bike up there never being forwarned what this meant. Yuki trailled, and we than were presented with a large hil, rather a mountain. Yuki thought we should take the bus to the top, but I insisted to pedal on, since no money inhabited the inner lining of my pockets. Sweat tumbled down my face as I walk the bikes of percentage grades far more than I expected. Three to four hours pushing, Yuki angered beyond belief, and we continued. We topped out and entered the park, Yuki still visibly mad. I was psyched to have made it and tried cracking a smile on Yukis face with words of kindness and compliments nothing worked. The only thing to look forward too was not pedaling back, just coasting.

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    Owakudani

    by victorwkf Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Owakudani is one of the main attractions of the Hakone area. This place is actually consisting of many hot springs which constantly let off volcanic vapour into the air. It is free of charge to visit Owakudani, which can be reached by taking the Hakone Tozan Train from Hakone-yumoto to Gora, then Hakone Tozan Cablecar from Gora to Sounzan and finally the Hakone Ropeway from Sounzan to Owakudani, or by another way (Hakone Tozan Bus no.3 from Hakone-yumoto to Moto-hakone, then Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (on Lake Ashi from Moto-Hakone to Togendai, and finally the Hakone Ropeway from Togendai to Owakudani.

    Besides the volcanic landscape, Owakudani also offers superb views of Mount Fuji on a clear day. There is a shop near to the hot springs which sells eggs which are boiled from the springs (I think one pack of 5 eggs cost about 600 yen). Beware of the strong pungent smell at Owakudani because the volcanic vapour consists of hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide. In fact, Owakudani is a reminder to all of us that the Hakone area is actually an active volcanic area (which also explains why there are many Japanese hot spring bath facilities or Onsens in this area).

    More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Jogasaki

    by chodearm Updated Aug 26, 2004

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    bird infested outcrop

    Jogasaki gots some rugged coastline. A hiking trail that extends 9 km weaves a path through this beautiful landscape nearing the cliffs edge, and than pulling back. The path meanders over rock, dirt and a suspension bridge spanning a gorge. Birds are in heavy population here swarming around the outcrops. A lighthouse also sits within the marine parks confines, and can be climbed for a panoramic view of the ocean and craggy coastline.

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    Kawazu-Nandaru Falls, Walk from parking

    by chodearm Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    getcha water

    The walk up from the parking area passes a few little stores here and there. Be sure to pick up some water in the warmer months cause the hike up is definately going to put your sweat glands in overdrive. This store also sold large rhino looking beatles, if you were in the market for one.

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    Moto-hakone: Hakone Shrine (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Hakone Shrine, Moto-hakone, Japan
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    The Hakone Shrine is a very traditional and beautiful shrine located near to Lake Ashi just next to the lakeside town of Moto-hakone. This is one of the main attractions of Hakone and you should visit this place. In order to get to Moto-hakone, take the Hakone Tozan Bus no.3 from Hakone-yumoto train station to Moto-hakone lakeside bus-stop (bus journey takes about 1 hour). Entrance to this shrine is free of charge. There is an impressive Tori Gate on the Lake Ashi just in front of the shrine (you need to cross a road to reach it, beware of fast traffic). Please also see part 2 of this tip and photos at travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Hakone-yumoto

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Hakone-yumoto town, Japan
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    The town of Hakone-yumoto is the gateway to the Hakone area because it is where most tourists will arrive via the railway from Shinjuku station in Tokyo to the Hakone-yumoto station. Once here, you can be directly linked to the Hakone Tozan Train on the same platform or just cross the small road and take the Hakone Tozan Buses to various parts of Hakone. There is a river cutting this town and the main street of the town has many shops selling various types of Japanese delicacies (it tends to get very crowded along the main street because of the shops). There are hotels at Hakone-yumoto, but I think this town is rather far from Lake Ashi (about 45 minutes drive by bus) so it is better to stay somewhere nearer e.g. Moto-hakone, Hakonemachi or Togendai.

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    Best chance of viewing Mount Fuji?

    by victorwkf Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, Japan
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    One of the main attractions in the Hakone area is the viewing of the famous Mount Fuji but this will depend on your luck as this volcano is usually hidden behind clouds. In order to increase your chances of viewing Mount Fuji, the first thing you should do is to visit the Hakone area in the colder months of autumn and winter (I think the best period is autumn from October to November). Secondly, the best times of the day are in early morning after sun-rise and evening time during sun-set when there is usually less cloud cover. Thirdly, choose a good and convenient location near to your accomodation. I think the best place would be the town of Moto-hakone where you can see Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi together at the waterfront area of this town (you can even sit down and enjoy the view). Another good location would be the Hakone Ropeway (i.e. cablecar) from Togendai to Owakudani, as well as at Owakudani itself. The photos here are taken at the waterfront area of Moto-hakone town during morning time and at Owakudani. I also have photos of Mount Fuji during sun-rise at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Moto-hakone: Hakone Shrine (Part 2)

    by victorwkf Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Tori Gate of Hakone Shrine, Moto-hakone
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    There is an impressive red Tori Gate on Lake Ashi just in front of the Hakone Shrine. You can actually walk right to this gate and there is an extension to the lake which allows you to get really very close. This gate can also be seen clearly when you are at the waterfront area of Moto-hakone as well as on the cruise ship on Lake Ashi.

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    Hakone Gora Park

    by naktergalen Written Apr 2, 2006

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    Gora Park
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    We have not planned to visit this park. We did not even know about it. But on the way from our ryokan to Sounzan we had to change from bus to cable car. So when we left the bus at the bus stop Gora Park, we saw a nice park and thougt we could see it some other time if we had spare time the next day. And next day we returned to Sounzan and took cablecar and ropeway and boat cruise again as the weather was much better during our second day in Hakone.

    The park looks definitely better from late spring to late fall, but in the beginning of March it was not much to seein the park. But we had a pleasant walk around the park. There are tea rooms, Tropical Flora House, Bougainvillea House and Hands-on Workshop Craft House. Both Craft House and Houses with tropical plants and bougainvillea were very interesting to see.

    Admission fee is 500 yen incl. tax (children -free).
    But for holders of Hakone Freepass (see my transportation tip) it is free entrance.

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