Japan Diaries: Hakone, Lake Ashi and Owakudani

Day 7 in Japan consisted of a trip to Hakone, a train ride into the mountains, sailing on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi and discovering sulphur geysers in Owakudani.

Day 7 in Japan started on a very early train trip to Hakone. Hakone is in the Fuji-Hakone-Itzu National Park famous for its natural hot springs, stunning forests and beautiful views across Lake Ashi. We took multiple trips on train and then trams to reach Lake Ashi.

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Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi aka Ashinoko was created at the foot of Mount Hakone after it erupted over 3000 years ago. The lake with stunning views of Mount Fuji is one of the most famous spots in Hakone and you can see why. The lake is simply beautiful, clean blue water with pirate ships taking you on voyages across the entire area.

Hakone Ropeway

Next, we took the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car up the mountains where you can actually see views of Mount Fuji. Unfortunately we were not that lucky but the views across Hakone were a sight to behold. I loved just enjoying the view and as we approached Owakudani, you could see the sulphur fields steaming away in the distance.

Owakudani

After a short ride on the Hakone Ropeway, we arrived in Owakudani. Owakudani is an area around a crater created by the eruption of Mount Hakone around 3000 years ago. Today, much of the area is still an active volcanic zone where you can see the sulfurous fumes and hot springs.

Owakudani is famous for its black eggs, they are black because they are cooked on the sulphurous fumes. You get them in a pack of six and it is rumoured that by eating one, you get an extra seven years added to your life. I am not traditionally a huge fan of eggs but they were actually delicious.

We then headed back to the onsen that we were staying in for the evening. The town we were staying in was very rural, with very steep pathways, all built around the tramlines that take people up and down the mountains throughout the day. In the evening we found a restaurant selling Okonomiyaki and I finally had a vegetarian, it is the best one that I have ever had and I devoured every bite.

On our walk back to the onsen that we were staying in, we stumbled across a magic garden which was having the most beautiful light show. We loved wandering through the gardens under the fairylights and there was a tree covered in hanging chandeliers which looked incredible.

Hakone was a much needed quiet stop for us and we loved being in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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Sanoobar x

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