Lawson’s Station: "We love Lawson's!"
To satisfy late night snack cravings or indeed at any time of day, head to Lawson's. We found the one in Senkyoro, almost opposite the Fuji Hakone Guest House, to be the ideal spot to pick up dessert and/or a drink to enjoy while relaxing in the lounge after dinner. They have some things you will recognise from home (a good range of Hagen Dazs ice creams, for instance), and many that you will not. We bought plum wine here (very nice), an odd-looking half-hollow chocolate cake (less so) and a can of hot coffee from an impressive range on display. You can also buy hot snacks and some non-food items e.g. toiletries. There isn’t much to do in Sengokuhara after dark, but with snacks and drinks from Lawson’s and the cosy lounge at the Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse in which to enjoy them, no wonder the watchword for our group soon became "We love Lawson's!"
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Hakone Owakudani Ropeway Shop: Buying Shizuoka Souvenirs in Hakone
When I was browsing for souvenirs in Hakone Owakunani Ropeway shop, I was surprised to find Shizuoka souvenirs there. Photo #1 is ABEKAWA MOCHI or Abekawa Rice Cake. It is a rice cake sprinkled with kinako or soybean flour.#2 and #3 is Kokko, a steamed cake with milk creams inside. Kokko also has other variation such as green tea kokko using powdered green tea instead of milk creams.
Owakudani Ropeway Shop: Souvenir goods with Evengelion Characters
In the souvenir shop at Hakone Ropeway Owakudani station, you will find some of animation characters such as Hello Kitty and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular Japanese robot animation series in 1995 and the newer film editions has been released up to the third of the four-movie series. One of the main reasons Evengelion-related goods are sold in Hakone is that Hakone is used as the setting for Tokyo-3 in that animation series. It is a part of movie-franchise for the latest Evangelion film Evangelion 3.0 You Cannot Redo.
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Owakudani Ropeway Shop: Yosegi Puzzle Boxes
Hakone Yosegi Puzzle Boxes also known as trick boxes, secret boxes are some of the most well-known Hakone souvenirs and what were sold in Owakudani shop are for low-prized, easy to mid-level yosegi puzzle boxes with the price ranging from 1,000 yen to 6000 yen at most. The higher the prices the trickier and more complicated the puzzle becomes. Yosegi handicraft is truly the work of art Hakone boasts. Its wooden mosaic work has highly been appreciated by handicraft fans around the world. Other than puzzle boxes I found yosegi craft folding fan very interesting.
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OWAKUDANI SHOP at HAKONE ROPEWAY: EXQUISITE JAPANESE ARTS AND CRAFTS
The shop is special for its creative and exquisite trick boxes and other examples of Japanese arts and crafts.There are also other souvenirs,local food like the black eggs (from the springs), bags, etc and some t-shirts but no big sizes available for huge westerners!
We were specially fascinated with the Japanese trick boxes hand crafted especially in Hakone from local wood.( I shall get back to this soon.)
What to buy: My boys and hubby were amused for what seemed like ages choosing which trick boxes to get! They are not cheap but worth the entertainment one gets if you are interested in trick boxes- more like puzzles. There are ways to open the boxes which require patience and a bit of talent which challenged my boys (including hubby of course!) They got the 5 and 1 ways trick boxes with intricate designs typical of the area.
I shall post the pictures of the boxes soon too.
I also bought a handbag for 1,50 yen made of Japanese cloth with lovely design.
The souvenirs like fridge magnets with the same wooden designs from Hakone are great too. The yare priced from round 5 to 15 Aussi dollars depending on the design. I got an owl design magnet with a hook for hanging keys and other small objects, small but very useful indeed!
What to pay: Depending on your budget expect to pay around 18 to 35 dollars for small to medium trick wooden boxes. The fridge magnets are not so cheap too compared to usual souvenirs but they are handmade from wood and some from plastic so they are cheaper.
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All the way around Lake Ashinoko (where ko means lake)
you will see these shops selling this beautiful wood stuff
with geometric patterns. The "colors" (all tonalities of brown!) of each little piece is made of different types of
wood. Would you like it?
What to buy: The magic box. A very intriguin puzzle. How to open a wood box in 54 steps. It cost you just US$180= a night in the expesivest hotel of Santorini Island in Greece (girl not included).
What to pay: Tell me how much you have and I will tell...