Hakone Things to Do

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    Mt. Fuji

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    The Japan highest mountain of 3776m above sea level. This is a landmark of Japan which will never miss by most tourist. The beauty of the shape is just like a lady's skirt. The peak is changing color from season to season.I think most of us knew why...When getting closer to the peak, the plants are actually getting sorter and when you reach the peak is actually no plants at all. Most the Japanese can explain. There is also some stories behind this landmark!

    The Mt Fuji Peak from 5ht station
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    The Lavender

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    You can only experience this once a year like sakura on summer. A market is beside whereby you can actually get some!other famous local stuff like fruits....I get some 'momo'...Japanese pronous it.Like an apple.

    The Lavender Field
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    Kawaguchi

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    This is the only place in Tokyo area you can have a nive view of the Mt. Fuji and Lavender!! The Kawauchi Lake is the 2nd biggest among the Fuji Five Lake. It was originally from 3 lake but after the last eruption its become 5 lake.

    Kawaguchi Lake
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    The Fuji Five Lake region (Fujigoko)

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    The Fuji Five Lake region (Fujigoko) is located at the foot of Mount Fuji at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters above sea level in mountainous Yamanashi Prefecture. It is one of the best places to view Mount Fuji from a close distance and a convenient base for climbing the mountain.
    Hiking, camping and fishing are among the popular outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the area.
    The principal city in the region is Fuji-Yoshida. Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), the most easily accessible of the five lakes, is located just next to Fuji-Yoshida in neighboring Fuji-Kawaguchiko Town.
    The other four lakes are named Yamanaka, Sai, Shoji and Motosu. The latter three are less developed than Lake Kawaguchi, but more difficult to access.

    Kawaguchi Lake
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    Owakudani

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    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. Eggs boiled in the hot springs are said to prolong one's life by seven years and are readily available for sale. How many can you take?

    Hot spring
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    Hakone Shrine

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Hakone Shrine stands at the foot of Mt. Komagatake along the shore of Ashinoko. The shrine buildings are hidden in a dense forest, but are well advertised by torii gates standing prominently in the lake and the main street of Motohakone.

    Hakone Shrine
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    Lake Ashi

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Ashinoko or Lake Ashi was formed in the caldera of Mt. Hakone after the volcano's last erruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mt. Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.
    Cruise boats, some of which look like pirate ships, connect Motohakone at the one end of the long lake with hotels and small towns located along the lake's shores and offer nice views of the surrounding mountains.

    ake Ashi
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    National Park with hot spring and view of Mt. Fuji

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.

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    Owakudani

    by vincentf Written Jun 20, 2004

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    This is the famed hot spring valley nestled in the highlands of Hakone region. Most of the hot spring water observed is piped to nearby resorts for their onsens.

    The specialty here is purchasing hard boiled eggs cooked in the hot spring water. The shell become pitch black and sells for 500 yen for 6.

    If you crave for Japanese food, there is a restaurant in a complex beside the cable car station.

    Owakudani
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    Mountains

    by chodearm Written May 12, 2004

    For a country with so much development its amazing how much of the Islands are actually untouched. Hakone is only 45 minutes from Tokyo but its a world apart. When on the highway going towards Osaka you pass straight through the Hakone Mountains. These babies are thick and lush, like J-Los hind quarters.

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    Yamanka-jo

    by chodearm Written May 10, 2004

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    This is a great place to visit. While there are no buildings or structures remaining, you can really get a feel for what the layout of the grounds of a castle were like. The rare and unique defenses and moat structures are superbly preserved. Even though my pictures do not show it well, the scenery from the castle grounds is incredible. You can clearly see the ocean and Mt. Fuji. I would recommend making a day trip here. Take the bus to the grounds from Mishima station and walk the Hakone Kyukaido back (about 10km).
    History This castle was set up by Hojo Ujiyasu as a subsidiary to the main Hojo stronghold at Odawara. As relations between Hojo and Toyotomi Hideyoshi worsened, Hojo Ujimasa began to strengthen the fortifications of Yamanaka Castle around 1588. In 1590 before Hojo had completed the new fortifications Hideyoshi launched the full force of 40,000 troops against the meager 4,000 defenders of Yamanaka Castle. It is said that the castle fell in less than a half day and in only 2 hours by some accounts. This was the first assault by Hideyoshi on Odawara as he overthrew the Hojo to complete the unification of Japan.

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    Owakudani

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    The winds up at the volcano can be strong so make sure your hats and scarfs don;t fly away.

    You can track up the volcano and see the gurgling streams with sulphuric contents. The waters are pumped into many onsens for that therapeutic onsen bath.

    Try hard boiled eggs cooked in the volcano's water. The exterior is black in colour!

    It's also a good place to get an aerial view of the mountain ranges.

    Sulphuric fumes
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    Ashinoko

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    The main point of interest in Hakone. You can take a ferry ride on Lake Ashi and stop at various villages.

    For me, I was plying the lake to get a nice picture of Mt Fuji. In the early morning, the ferry wasn't plying because of thick fog and visibility was poor. If so, go take the gondola ride. Riding in the gondola with fog on all sides and nothing in view is reminiscent of being in "Twilight Zone".

    By mid morning, the fog had cleared and voila, Mt Fuji stood right in front where I had been peering at the entire morning.

    Lake Ashi with Mt. Fuji in background
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    For Fans of Le Petit Prince

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Visit the Little Prince museum in Hakone. In the museum, there are exhibits of Exupery memorabilia. The best part must be exhibits of Little Prince novels in different languages.

    Also a good place to spend rainy afternoons.

    Little Prince museum
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    Hakone Tozan Train

    by hotshot0428 Written Feb 25, 2003

    The Hakone Tozan Train very nice and cozy but the problem is I could not see the majectic green mountain scenery as we travel because of the cloudy weather and a little bit of rain and all you can see is the smoke air from the hotsprings.
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    There are so many tourist that I met that day inside the train.
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