Hakone – visit in early June with Mark

Back at the start of June when Mark came to visit we went to Hakone near to Mount Fuji and quite close to Tokyo.  It was the start of the rainy season as you can see and rained more or less non-stop for our trip!

It was still great.  We stayed in a ryokan in Hakone-Yumoto which included yukata (the Japanese kimono like wear) and onsen (natural hot baths) both inside and outside, sleeping on futon on tatami mats.

On the first day there we walked along an ancient pathway that connected Kyoto with Tokyo stopping at a very old cafe for a welcome break and some interesting Japanese snacks.

On the second day we took the tourist trail around the crater which involves many types of transport; train, bus, ship ‘The Victory’, cable car.  We stopped to visit the geological museum and see some of the volcanic emissions and eating some eggs blackened by cooking in the hot waters.  We also visited the world class ‘Open Air Museum’ a fantastic sculpture park with many modern sculptures in a great setting.

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