From 25th to 27th april I was for three days in Hakone at Lake Ashi and at Lake Kawaguchi within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The area offers a beautiful nature and therefore is a very popular destination for tourists. I carried only a little luggage as I could leave most of my things at Yuichiro’s place.
The trip began on 25.04. by 8 o’clock. I obtained the free pass with which I can use the public transportation within the area unlimited times and then went into the express train from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto. Once there, I made my sightseeing tour. I used a map which is issued by the local tourist center and was able orient myself well. From Hakone-Yumoto I took a bus to Moto-Hakone and went to the Hakone Shrine. Then I took a tourist ferry that was styled as a pirate ship to get to Togendai. There exists a cable car with which you can have a beautiful view over the valley. Unfortunately, I arrived 2 minutes late and the operation has already been set for the day. Then I went back to Hakone-Yumoto to check into the hostel.
The next day the first thing I did was taking the cable car. Unfortunately, it was not as spectacular as I thought, the main part of the route is currently closed due to major volcanic activity and the part that I could take was not so exciting. But the weather was beautiful and clear, so I had a good view of Mount Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain and was able to make quite some nice pictures. After that I visited a park, the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum and the Hakone Open Air Museum.
On the last day of the trip, I went to Lake Kawaguchi. This is one of the Five Fuji Lakes and on a good day it offers a beautiful view of Mount Fuji. Unfortunately it was not a good day. Mount Fuji was completely invisible disappeared behind a smokescreen. Luckily I already took some pictures of the Mountain the day before. For some time I remained at the lake, then took a cable car to a higher altitude sightseeing spot and after that already took the bus back to Shinjuku and then the subway back to the Condo.
Regarding the question of whether I will work or will continue traveling I have now made the decision. I will continue to travel :-). Although last week I had a job interview and could work as a part-time German teacher: to open up a bank account, join the Japanese health insurance, get an own Japanese mobile number(harder than you think) and so on … I rather prefer to travel. My next destination is Nagoya. However, the next few days I will still stay in Tokyo. It’s Golden Week, Yuichiro has a few days off and we can do something.