Memories of Japan VI: Hakone

Over the years, I've felt like I owe a beautiful set of locations to this Magazine -- memories of my trip to Japan. Since it's better late than never, I've finally decided to get in front of the keyboard, write about the wonderful trip and share it with you. Today, we're going to Hakone!

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After a beautiful train ride, we arrive to Hakone, a magical Japanese town not far from Tokyo and quite close to Mount Fuji. It’s a sightseeing spot for locals and tourist due to their renewed Onsen (thermal water springs); and its natural beauty.

We really loved our visit to Lake Ashi. In order to get there, you had to cross a mountain by cable car over sulfur mines — the views were breathtaking and while we were so eager to see Mount Fuji, clouds didn’t allow us see it.

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Once in the lake, we crossed in nice boats that let you quietly enjoy the magnificent landscape that surrounds you. Truth is, it’s a charming and very relaxing ride.

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Pity that swan boats were closed when we arrived.

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We spent that night in Hakone and stayed in the historic Fujiya Miyanoshita, one of Japan’s oldest hotels founded in 1878. Many celebrities have stayed in this place, such as John Lenon and Yoko Ono; politicians, rock stars… and then us! This place has an special charm. The gardens are astonishing and the hot water is thermal. I had one of the most wonderful baths of my life!

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A curious thing about Hakone at I found out while I looked up some information to write this article: in the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hakone is named “Tokyo-3” (or "Neo-Tokyo-3) and becomes the central setting of this series, together with Mount Hakone. During a brief period in 2010, the city tried to take advantage of this though the film saga Rebuild of Evangelion, however their plans where cancelled when the fans of the series literally invaded the town and altered their lifestyle.

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written by susielomovitz on 2013-06-20 in #world #locations #locations #hakone #japan #asia #memories-of-japan

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