The visit to Mt Fuji and Hakone was part of a weeks stay with friends in Tokyo. Unfortunately I cannot recommend any hotels in the area but there are a number of western styled ones. We drove down from Tokyo, passing through Yokohama.
Fondest memory: The view of Fuji coming into sight from still a great distance away was awesome. Its one of those experiences where during your life you see photos of places and things and then all of a sudden you find yourself in their actual presence being very humbled by it.
In Izu Peninsula we went to visit the wonderful land scape until visiting the Fuji-san, mount Fuji sightseenig place. This place is also close to Hakone, where the Fuji-san tour starts.
We went to the south of this big peninsula, by toll roads, with landscapes so perfect and waterfalls, the washabi plantation and the museum of the washabi, the spicy ingredient of the sushi.
The Fuji-san is just beautiful. But you have to be lucky to see it.
We planned a day to go there and the officer said that we should not go as there was too much fog around. We could actually not even see the mountain.
If you believe or not, I could even not catch a picture of the Fuji-san entirely on the picture...
Favorite thing: Hakone Komagatake Ropeway...... Komagatake, the central volcanic cone of the Hakone range ,rises 1,327 meters above sea level. An 1,800 meter long aerial tramway operates between Hakone Park and the summet. The ride will take seven minutes to reach the top. You can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Ashi and the surrounding mountains. On a clear day you can see a wonderful view of Mt Fuji. When on the top of Mt Komagatake you can wonder around. A path leads you to a lonely little temple. Back down at the bottom you will have time to do a little shopping at the mio-mall. There is a small resort here with hotels, restaurants and other activities.
Favorite thing: LAKE ASHI.... Believe it or not, three of the boats plying the waters are look like pirate ships. A lot of people think this is what they are supposed to be, but in actuality they are replicas of Dutch and Portuguese galleons. It takes about half an hour to cross the lake to Hakone-machi (also called simply Hakone; machi means city) and Moto-Hakone, two resort towns right next to each other on the southern edge of the lake. This end of the lake affords the best view of Mt. Fuji,
If you are in the Mt Fuji area for a few days and want to get away from the beauty of the scenery. Why not spend a few hours screaming your head off at the Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park .A giant among amusement parks, Fujikyu Highland's many attractions include plenty of scary rides.
Newer attractions 'FUJIYAMA' one of the world's largest roller coasters.