Vlog part 1:
Vlog part 2:
Leaving our ryokan in the morning:
Hakone train station:
Hakone switchback cable car:
Reached the top! It was absolutely beautiful. I wish more of the leaves had started to turn.
A panorama of the view before we got on the Gondola:
You can see here where all the trees have started to die being so close to volcanic vents:
It looked like something from a post-apocalyptic movie. It’s an active volcano and actually pretty dangerous.
Trees all dead from the gases being released.
The first picture I took on our way down the other side of the volcano – I noticed Mt Fuji the moment I took the photo and gasped and yelled “IS THAT FUJI?” at which point I think everyone just about rocked the Gondola off the cables.
Fuji coming up out of the clouds!
We took a boat across the lake, and as soon as we got off we were very lucky to see Mt Fuji again.
I gave him omiyage, and he gave me a couple pieces of his woodworking in return.
The outside of his shop:
It felt almost like an airplane.
My bento box lunch. It was okay.
For the express train, I got sake in a cup!
We had dinner next door. This is a little grill they lit for you at your table:
And this is shabu shabu. You parbroiled your own meat at the table:
And now I’m all caught up! New guide, new day tomorrow. Hopefully the ride continues to be fun but gets a little more peaceful!