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    The Fuji Five Lake region (Fujigoko)

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Kawaguchi Lake

    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.

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    Owakudani

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    Hot spring

    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?

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    Mt. Fuji

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    The Mt Fuji Peak from 5ht station

    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!

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    • Mountain Climbing
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    Fujiyama - Fujikyu Highlands

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    The world highest roller coaster

    An amusement park, featuring Fujiyama, one of the world's highest roller coasters.
    Open since 1961.
    The site of this park pales in comparison to nearby Mt. Fuji. The 124-acre park has 33 rides, 9 restaurants, 12 snack bars, 17 tennis courts, and 20 bowling alleys.
    The highest stand 79m,highest speed 130km/h, the whole ride takes about 3.36minutes. The length is 2045m. Entrance fees is 1000yen/ride.
    I can't even walk nearby....scary!!! How bout you?

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    Lake Ashi

    by dennisKL Written Oct 7, 2004

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    ake Ashi

    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.

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    • Fishing
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    Hakone Shrine

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 7, 2004

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    Hakone Shrine

    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.

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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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    • Fishing
    • Camping
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Lake Ashinoko ( 5 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Jun 24, 2006

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    This elongated lake developed about 3000 years ago during the last volcanic eruption of Mt. Hakone. Extremely scenic, it is lined by dense forests, shrines, and luxury hotels and crisscrossed by passenger ferries, some oddly decorated as pirate ships. It is also popular with fishermen. These photos give an idea of how pretty the lake is. On clear days, which are not frequent, views of Mt. Fuji are supposed to be beautiful but we didn't see any.

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    Owakudani and Mount Fuji

    by clarelim Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Beautiful scenery without a doubt, great for nature photography. When you've reached Owakudani you will smell that unmistakable stench of sulphur but climbing up the hill is really worth it! It's like watching the pools of witchcraft bubbling in the sulphuric pools... Be sure to stop by for some melon buns at the small shop before you go up.

    Mount Fuji's 5th station during Autumn can get really cold even though it doesn't feel like it before you ascend... so bring some warm clothing. At the 5th station there's a little shop selling postcards with a postal service so you could write yourself a card from Mt Fuji and they'll mail it for you. :)

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    Hakone Open Air Museum

    by saracen Written Jun 18, 2005

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    Hakone Open Air Museum

    This is a museum of sculpture set in some beautiful lawned gardens. Sound boring? It isn't - even the kids will love this as there are so many massive works, mainly of a modern bent - even giant perspect tubes that the kids can play in.

    Some really impressive Henry Moore works and a very nice Picasso exhibition.

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    Hot Spring

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2009

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    When my friend told me that we were coming here to enjoy hot spring, I did not even know what hot spring is, and now I know it's a sort of thermal baths.
    This kind of resort in Japan are near volcanos as those waters have told to be healthy for the body.
    I enjoyed hot spring baths in Tokyu harvest club where we slept but almos any hotel in Hakone has its own hot spring where you can relax.

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    Lake Ashi

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2009

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    This is a scenic lake in the area of Hakone.
    It is a crater lake and it is very popular for its view of Mt. Fuji, but I was not so luky to get such a view as I met a cloudy day.
    If you are interested in the various views that the lake can offer, you can take one of the many boat tours around the lake, we did not have time to do that, but could notice that many tourists enjoy.

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    Funicular up the Mountain (Hakone Loop Part 1)

    by dancinbudgie Written Mar 2, 2008

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    We did this as part of the Hakone 'loop'. (Train, funicular, cable-car,boat,hike/bus back to station). We caught the local train from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora and the funicular from there. The local train is a rattly old thing, but loads of fun for the kids. The funicular scared the pants off me (I have a fear of anything held up by a cable), but was an experience...the mountain is really steep! The trip is very pretty scenery-wise. We had a 'free pass' (see website below), so I don't know the cost on its own.

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    • National/State Park
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    Hakone Sightseeing Ship

    by hotshot0428 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Hakone Sightseeing Ship finally arrived I think every 15 or 20 minutes I am not really sure, the ship depart.
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    Don't lost your Hakone Freepass their is always a guard/employee at the gate all the time to check your pass before boarding the ship.
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    Odawara Castle (2 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Jun 24, 2006

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    Any guided trip through the Hakone region will include a long distance view of this castle, a reproduction of a building built in the 1400's and for a period of perhaps 100 years occupied by one of the ruling clans of Japan. With the rise of Edo (Tokyo) these lesser castles and the owners lost improtance. At one point, the Japanese government destroyed all the castles but many including this one were rebuilt after WWII to emphasize Japanese history and culture. For those on longer stays, the castle houses a museum.

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