Blessed by its wonderful natural environment, superb scenery, and an abundance of natural hot springs, Hakone is one of the leading tourist attractions in Japan. The Hakone Ropeway service operates at approximately one-minute intervals, and the 30-minute journey from Sounzan Station to Togendai Station, which nestles on the shore of Lake Ashi, allows visitors to take in such spectacular views as the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and the grandeur of Mount Fuji on a fine, sunny day. We are sure that you will enjoy your stroll in the sky, as you find yourself surrounded by some of the most famous sights that Japan has to offer. (Wikipedia)
I wholeheartedly agree with what Wikipedia has to say about Hakone. Despite missing out on the grandeur of Mount Fuji due to the fog, I can confidently declare that “I had an amazing time in Hakone!” The cable car ride was undoubtedly the highlight of my trip to Hakone. To give you some context, it had been one of my wildest dreams for years. Back in Taiwan four years ago, I thought I might have the opportunity to fulfill this dream. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on our itinerary during that trip. Our bosses took us to other incredible places in Taiwan, but cable car rides weren’t part of the plan. However, in hindsight, I believe that wasn’t the right time. I was correct all along, as the perfect moment arrived just this month. The rush of adrenaline was real as we made our way to the Hakone Ropeway. I was filled with sheer joy – can you believe it? My dream had finally come true! Smiles were plastered across my face as we glided through the air. The breathtaking views left me and everyone with me emotional. Have a look at the captivating photos below.
Owakudani, as seen from the Hakone Ropeway, is a place with a fascinating history. It’s been said that this area was once an active volcano, and now, you can witness the evidence with your own eyes. Sulphuric vents and hot springs are clearly visible, providing a unique and somewhat otherworldly landscape.
In the photo, the smoke you see is actually volcanic fumes. If you’re concerned about the smell, don’t worry; the thoughtful staff has you covered. They provide cloth masks to make your visit more comfortable.
This is Owakudani Station, and if you’re looking to quench your thirst or satisfy your hungry tummy, you’re in luck. This is the place for you.
In case you didn’t know, this place sells black eggs, or “kuro-tamago” in Japanese; “kuro” means black, and “tamago” means egg. These black, hard-boiled eggs are believed to bring longevity. Legend has it that eating one of these eggs adds seven years to your life. Each egg costs around 500 yen or so.
It’s a small shrine.
This view deck promises a glimpse of the majestic Mount Fuji, but during my visit, it was obscured by fog. However, I remain optimistic, knowing that there’s a perfect moment to witness its grandeur.
I left this unique and picturesque place with a smile in my heart, knowing that it’s not a final farewell. Hakone is one of those destinations I’d gladly return to when the chance arises.
P.S. This incredible journey was sponsored by my company. Isn’t that amazing? The bosses covered all the expenses. Luck was certainly on my side! Be sure to add Hakone to your travel bucket list. Happy travels! 👣🌞