We left our big suitcases in a locker at Tokyo Station and only took our backpacks for a trip to Hakone. From a crowded energetic Tokyo to a famous natural environment. The nice thing here is you can do a roundtrip with five different means of transport. We started with the train, then a cablecar followed by a ropeway. By boat on the lake and then back to Hakone-Yumoto by bus. The whole trip will take about 5 hours. It is really nice to do with great views and a pleasant athmosphere. So good to recover from hectic Tokyo.
At Owakudani they slow cook eggs in thermal water. The eggs (called Kuro tamago) turn into black because of the combination of the geothermal heat and volcanic gases. Eating the eggs will expand your life by seven years. You have to eat only 2.5 eggs because three would be bad luck. So, we did and now we will leave 7 years longer! The weather was much cloder then we expected. It snows and it was stormy. That was quite an adventure in he ropeway.
The city where we stayed, Hakone-Yomuto is full of nice shops and restaurant but almost all are clsoing between 17:00 and 19:00. So for diner we ended up in a sort of bar in a cellar where they also served food. We were the only customers and we did not know what to expect. However it was far beyond our expectations, the food was surprisingly great!
Then back to our hotel with a room in traditional japanese style with for both of us an authentic japanese yukata which is an informal version of a kimono. Perfect for Sandra’s length. Far too short for me!!!
Tomorrow we will go yo Kanazawa where we will stay for 2 days.