Tuesday 21 September 2010

20 September

Leen and I went for a day trip out of Tokyo today, to Hakone.  Getting there, as the guide books say, is half of the adventure.  It involved our first shinkansen (bullet train) ride (brilliant!), then a local train, then a mountain train including switchbacks, then a funicular railway, a ropeway, a pirate ship, a bus, and then another shinkansen back to Tokyo.  At the top of the mountain we saw bubbling thermal pools in which eggs are boiled and turn black, which all smelled disgusting.  The whole area was busy today as it was a public holiday, but it was still very beautiful.  I hope this photo shows that: it's of our pirate ship heading back off to the other side of the lake having dropped us at Motohakone at 16.33.

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