2010年06月13日

The Hakone Suginamiki, the road lined with cedar trees, which extends on the part of the old Tokaido Highway called Hakone-hachiri was developed early in the 17th century,at the beginning of the Edo period.

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The old Tokaido Highway connecting Edo to Kyoto, the Shogun's capital and the Emperor's seat respectively, was the most important road among the main five highways in Japan developed by the Tokugawa Shogun's government about 400 years ago. Hakone-hachiri, the specific name of the steepest part of the whole distance of the Highway between Odawara and Mishima, imposed difficulty in walking, accordingly the government of the day planted the cedar trees to provide the pleasant shade for the travelers in addition they paved the road with even stones. THe number of these cedar trees still remain today is estimated about four hundreds.

Licensed tour gude/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:06 | 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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