17 Jun, 2016 in Hakone
Hotsprings - Hakone Yumoto (10)

I’ve been asked questions about my visit to the lovely Hakone, a wonderful getaway trip from Tokyo, and when looking back to share some of the adventures from my trip I realized that I didn’t mention the way to get there. First off, there are plenty of wonders in the Hakone region: You start off […]

13 Feb, 2014 in Hakone
Old Tokaido and Hakone Checkpoint Ashi (16)

The Hakone area with Lake Ashi is absolutely gorgeous and filled with historic tourist attractions. Two of those on the southern side of Lake Ashi are the old Tokaido Hakone Checkpoint and the imperial detached palace and gardens.       Japan guide has the background to the …

26 Nov, 2013 in Hakone
Owakaduni Hell Valley - Hakone (1)

What does hell look like? Up on the mountains of Hakone by a tram and a cable car, a daytrip away from Tokyo, is the Owakaduni Hell Valley. Boiling steam comes up from the mountain to create an atmosphere that looks a bit like hell. Aside from looking at steam, the area is famous for […]

15 Oct, 2013 in Hakone
Lake Ashi - Hakone - Japan (1)

Up the Hakone mountains by an old railway, followed by a a series of trams and cable cars, and you’ll find yourself in a gorgeous scenic crater lake, with Mount Fuji hiding between the mountains on a clear day. As far as lakes go, this doesn’t get much better than that. Although Tokyo was …

13 Oct, 2013 in Hakone
Hakone Open-Air Museum - Japan (13)

My recent visit to Japan brought many unexpected pleasures and surprises. I can generally say that almost everything I’ve seen in Japan impressed me to my very core. The Japanese have a way of doing things that appeals to my every sense. They’re stylish, they’re creative, they have a sense of esthetics and character that […]

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