Owakudani, Hakone


Breathtaking not only for the full circle majestic nature views but also for the air’s sulphuric vapor [#cough]… around 3000 years ago, Hakone Volcano had an eruption which formed this valley called Owakudani (translated as “Boiling Valley” but sometimes referred to as “Hell Valley” by locals).

It has active sulphur vents and hot springs. (Please click the PLAY button)

Eggs hard-boiled in its hot sulphuric springs, Black Eggs, are the food specialty here and are said to “add seven years to your life.” Here is a food stand selling the specialty.

Above the gift shop is the Owakudani Station where you can board the gondola of the Hakone Ropeway (included among the boats, trains, and ropeway rides with the Odakyu Hakone [transport] Free Pass purchased at the Odawara Station or Shinjuku Station).

img_3897The ride gives a 360 degree aerial view of turning autumn foliage all the way down to Togendai Station for the Lake Cruise.

We were so blessed to see the elusive Fujisan.  The view is clearer without the ropeway gondola’s window.

From my recent trips to Japan taking scenic ropeway rides, the Lord has been enabling me to overcome my fear of heights! Thank You, Lord!
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:4‬a NIV‬‬


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