2010年06月12日

Owakudani is the centerpiece for tourism in Hakone for the steam gushing out from many fumaroles and it features Kurotamago, the black boiled egg.

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Owakudani in Hakone can be reached from Tokyo in around two hours by the connection of a train, cable car and ropeway. Hakone, together with Mt.Fuji and Io-jima, belongs to the Fuji-Hakone volcanic belt, so like in the picture there appear frequent volcanic activities. Even though this sort of view is familiar throughout Japan, well known as a volcanic country, this place is rushed by many tourists thanks to the convenience for transportation. It is said that trying one Kurotamago, literally the black boiled egg, which is the special product of Owakudani, makes the eater's life longer by seven years.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:10 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年06月07日

The orange torii-gate of Hakone-jingu Shrine on Lake Ashi against the backdrop of a hill bright with new foliage creates the typical beauty of Japan.

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Hakone which spreads centering on Lake Ashi, one of the most beautiful caldera or crater lakes in Japan, is a very popular sightseeing spot not only for Japanese people but also for foreigners. Cozy hotels and restaurants dotted around the lakeshore offer the great views of Hakone, however the scene in the picture is the most recommendable one. Breathtaking pictures backing onto Mt.Fuji if the weather permits can be taken from Motohakone, the old temple town of Hakone-jingu since the Edo period.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 06:54 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2009年11月24日

The autumn is here in Hakone.

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This beautiful picture is of a private garden of a famous billionare who established art museums for Japan's valuable artworks including some national trasures. The beauty of the garden can be enjoyed throughtout the seasons, however a magnificent scenery of autumnal foliage is highly recommended for a visit, usually from October through September. It takes about one and a half hours from Shinjuku, the largest subcentre of Tokyo, to reach the hub of Hakone. The entire view of Mt.Fuji and Lake Ashi as well as the volcanic activities that causes affluent"Onsen" sites are all part of fascination in Hakone.

Licensed toure guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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