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    Mori No Biru (Gotemba Kogen) Brewery's Pils

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jun 14, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Mori No Biru brewery is owned by the Yonekyu Company with beer made in Gotemba City. Mori No Biru is more commonly known as Gotemba Kogen Brewery. I recently found the Pils in the area around Hakone.

    The Pils label shows Fuji with a red setting sun to the side. The cap features a similar image of Fuji-san. The beer pours a clear light yellow color with thick head. The taste is light and somewhat watery. Nothing special, but at least the beer is big (500 ml) and reasonably strong at 5.5% ABV.

    3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Telephone: 0550-89-7611
    Address: 〒 412-0046 Shizuoka Prefecture Gotemba Hodosawa 1015-1
    Website: http://www.yonekyu.co.jp/english/service.html

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    Mori No Biru (Gotemba Kogen) Brewery's Lager

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 14, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Mori No Biru brewery is owned by the Yonekyu Company with beer made in Gotemba City. I recently found one of their beers, I think a lager, while traveling around Hakone. Mori No Biru is more commonly known as Gotemba Kogen Brewery.

    The lager label features the famous image of Hakone Checkpoint illustrated by artist Hiroshige in his collection, The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō. The cap features the sun setting behind Mount Fuji. The beer pours a clear golden color with medium head. The taste is rich and light, but not watery like many Japanese pilsners. A very good, highly drinkable beer.

    4 out of 5 stars.

    Telephone: 0550-89-7611
    Address: 〒 412-0046 Shizuoka Prefecture Gotemba Hodosawa 1015-1
    Website: http://www.yonekyu.co.jp/english/service.html

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    Autumn in Hakone.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 1, 2014

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    The start of autumn.
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    Favorite thing: We visited Hakone in October. Autumn was just beginning and already some of the trees had changed to beautiful shades of red and orange. It must be utterly spectacular in November when autumn is in fill flow.

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    Sapporo's Hakone Label

    by Ewingjr98 Written May 30, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Each year Hakone hosts the Hakone Ekiden, a long-distance marathon race between Hakone and Tokyo. The race covers 217.9 km over two days, and participants are comprised of teams from 20 Japanese universities.

    In recent years Sapporo Beer has released a label as tribute to the Hakone Ekiden. The 2014 label is in the photos on this tip, and it features Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, the Hakone Shrine, and the Hakone Ropeway. The beer with these labels is released only in the Hakone area.

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    Hakone Shichitou Beer Pilsner

    by Ewingjr98 Written May 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Hakone Shichitou Beer Pilsner is produced by the Wind Valley Brewery, which is located in the town of Tanna, just a few kilometers south of Hakone. The label fades from brown to green to blue with an image of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, including Hakone Shrine's Torii Gate in the foreground. While the label says Hakone Shichitou Beer, the cap says Wind Valley Beer.

    The beer pours a cloudy light yellow,. The scent is a bit bitter and metallic, but the taste has a hint of sweetness, maybe bitter lemon or goya. OK, but not great. 5% ABV

    3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Wind Valley Brewery, also known as Oratche Kaze no Tani, claims it beer is organically brewed from local water, and locally grown barley, malt, hops, yeast, with some imported organic ingredients. The beer is produced on a farm called Oratche, which offers tours, classes, and farming experiences for free.

    Address: 〒 419-0105 Tagata-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture Kannami-cho 349-1 Tanna
    Phone: 055-974-4192
    Website: http://oratche.com

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    Hakone Shichitou Beer Red Ale

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Hakone Shichitou Beer Red Ale is a pretty good beer produced by the Wind Valley Brewery, which is located in the town of Tanna, just a few kilometers south of Hakone. The label is mostly red with an image of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi, including Hakone Shrine's Torii Gate in the foreground. While the label says Hakone Shichitou Beer, the cap says Wind Valley Beer.

    The beer pours a deep reddish brown, with bits of sediment that settle to the bottom of the glass while you drink the beer. The scent is a sweet copper, but the taste is a bit metallic. Still a decent, easy to drink beer. 5.5% ABV

    4 out of 5 stars.

    Wind Valley Brewery, also known as Oratche Kaze no Tani, claims it beer is organically brewed from local water, and locally grown barley, malt, hops, yeast, with some imported organic ingredients. The beer is produced on a farm called Oratche, which offers tours, classes, and farming experiences for free.

    Address: 〒 419-0105 Tagata-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture Kannami-cho 349-1 Tanna
    Phone: 055-974-4192
    Website: http://oratche.com

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    Hakone Kenjyou Beer's Premium Pilsner

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 26, 2014

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    Favorite thing: There is little information on the internet about the brewery that makes Hakone Kenjyou Beer. Untappd.com seems to think the beer is made by Echigo, but RateBeer.com (who I trust more) disagrees and has no entry for this beer.

    The label features the famous image of Hakone Checkpoint illustrated by artist Hiroshige in his collection, The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.

    This is a pretty good pilsner. The beer pours a rich golden color with a thin head. The smell is surprisingly sweet, but the taste is pure pilsner with light hops, subtle fruitiness, and a crisp, clean finish. Very good beer!

    4 out of 5 stars.

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    Hakone Freepass

    by toonsarah Written Nov 27, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This is a great buy if you plan to spend any time at all travelling around the Hakone area. You can buy a pass for two or three days (our three day one cost 4,400¥ from Odawara while a two day one is currently (October 2013) 3,900¥) and use it for free travel on all the varied forms of local transport – local trains, buses, the funicular railway, all the cable cars and even on the pirate ships on Lake Ashi.

    As a bonus, you also get discounts at some of the attractions – for instance, we got 200¥ off entry to the Open Air Museum and 100¥ off at the Hakone Checkpoint. So keep your pass with you at all times to get maximum value from it.

    You can buy the pass at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station and there are various prices depending on where in Hakone you want to start using it. If you aren’t using a Japan Rail pass to travel to the Hakone area you can get even better value by buying a 5,000¥ one (two day price – three days is 5,500¥) that can be used for the journey there as well.

    The freepass website shows the savings you make and the various forms of transport covered, although I don’t think it factors in any additional savings made on sightseeing. It also has information about the different forms of transport and the places where you can use it to get a discount – of which there are many and varied!

    Next tip: our stay at the Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse

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    Mount Fuji

    by toonsarah Written Nov 27, 2013

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    Fondest memory: There is no more recognised symbol of Japan than Mount Fuji, and every visitor to the country hopes to see this iconic volcano, so perfectly conical in shape, just as a child would draw one. But the weather in this region (indeed in most of Japan) is not especially reliable, and own many days Fuji is shrouded in cloud. For several days before our visit here the talk in our group often turned to this topic - would we see Fuji?

    On the morning of our day out in the Hakone area the sun was shining and our fingers firmly crossed. We took the bus to Gora and from there the funicular and rope way to Owakudani Hot Springs. As we emerged from the cable car station and started to climb towards the hot springs, suddenly there she was - completely clear and also, unusually, devoid of snow. Andrew was very surprised by this latter sight as he had never before seen Fuji snow-free. You can imagine how many photos we all took, both then and later from the second cable car that took us down to Lake Ashi.

    Andrew promised us an even better view later in the day, when we would be able to photograph the volcano with the lake and one of its red torii gates in the foreground. But as I have said, Fuji is elusive and does not reveal herself willingly. By the time we reached this spot, in the afternoon of the same day, the clouds had descended and she was hidden from view. But no matter - we had seen what all visitors dream of seeing, a dream that only some are able to realise.

    Next tip: a cruise on a pirate ship!

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    Be happy. Smile

    by manuelEB Updated May 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Hakone is, yes, a crowded spot. Where in Japan is not crowded? Still it has an intriguing appeal to the visitor. Expectations are usually meet if you do not ask for too much. In this trip, nevertheless, I had learnt about the lack of discipline in my family. Gone are the days when
    I said "smile!" and every one did it in a perfect sincrony. It took several shots to get every one smiling...
    I am glad that -at home no one follows orders like cows. Looking forward to seeing my kids performance in life...

    Fondest memory: Be together.

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    Hakone Glass Museum

    by wonga0 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Another museum that worths a look is the Glass museum - exhibits both classical and contemporary glass works. It's within 7 minutes walk from Fuji-Hakone Guest House [see my accomodation tips under Japan page and ask lovely Tomomi and Chihiro the direction]. It's a small but stylish museum.

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    Open Door Art Museum

    by wonga0 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: I went there for the museums. Here is the Open Door Museum, where all exhibits are placed in open air instead of inside a hall.

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