日本: hakone, day two

November 15th, 2010 / by / in: travel / 5 Responses

Day one in Hakone is here.

Due to the continuing effects of jetlag, I woke up super early on our second day at the ryokan in Hakone. This worked out well because I had lots of time in the morning to sit in the onsen, stare at the mountains, and relax. I don’t think there can possibly BE anything more relaxing than sitting outside in a hot spring and staring at mountains in the middle of Japan.

Early morning

It was cold in the morning, so I ended up wearing the yukata with pants.

At 8am sharp, breakfast was served. Like dinner, it was served in our room and included many tasty little dishes. The first dish was DELICIOUS tofu, which we dipped in soy sauce and ginger.

This was rice porridge, which was left to simmer as we ate the tofu.

The rest of the dishes were brought out at the same time. The included sashimi, tamago, umeboshi, grilled fish, fishcake, rice, nori, miso soup with clams, mochi, tsukemono, and myriad other little dishes I can’t remember.

After breakfast, there was more relaxing in the onsen, and then it was time to check out. We were seated outside and they brought out the bill to settle. It was a lot of yen but TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Seriously, look at this view.

Back at Miyanoshita Station, waiting for the train back to Hakone-Yumoto Station.

We took a bus up the mountainside to Lake Ashi. We had planned to take a boat across the lake and then take the cable car, but both were not operating because it was SUPER WINDY. The view was still beautiful. You can see Mt. Fuji in the background!

“Please understand that I make trouble very much.”

We wandered around Lake Ashi for a bit and ended up in a random little restaurant. It was the tatami mat, sit on the floor, Japanese style and of course had no English menu. I usually end up ordering tempura because 天ぷらis easy to read and I love tempura. In this case, tempura soba. Oishii desu.

I luckily avoided the squat toilet. I think it’s funny that Japan has two kinds of toilets — the super high tech kind with a million features and the squat variety. There is little toilet middle ground.

More views of Lake Ashi.

Now this looks like somewhere a Totoro might live.

Waiting for the Romancecar back to Tokyo!

 

Okay, this was amazing. The train pulled into the station, and since it was going to then be reversing and going in the opposite direction, all the seats AUTOMATICALLY turned themselves around to be facing the correct direction before the doors opened. SO COOL! Japan is awesome.

The view on the way back. That’s Mt. Fuji again in the background.

 


5 Comments to 日本: hakone, day two

  • Andy says:

    These are awesome! Do you remember if the Romancecar is covered by the JR Pass?

    • melissa says:

      The Romancecar is not covered by any kind of JR pass as far as I know, since it’s an Odakyu train.

      But you can get to Hakone with a JR pass via the shinkansen!

  • Mike says:

    These pictures are pretty fantastic! I wish we had got a video of the Romancecar seats flipping.

  • melissa says:

    It’s not too scary — pretty much everywhere (in Tokyo) they have Western toilets. Usually in most public bathrooms there’s one stall that has a squat toilet and the rest are Western-style. And the heated seats are nice!

  • Cheryl says:

    OK, that toilet situation is just weird! I can never go to Japan.
    However, I am going to have to move the hot tub outside!

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