Amasake Chaya, Hakone’s Last Edo Period Teahouse

Tradition. History. Culture. Food. Drink. Nature. Tale of the Faithful 47 Ronin: Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check! They come together in this 400 year-old thatch-roofed countryside teahouse set amidst the lush mountains of Hakone. To facilitate travel, the town of Hakone— famous for its year-round stunning natural scenery, hot springs, and expansive options…

Planning Hakone Day Trip from Tokyo

Driver-san took us to the mountain top to see this: He said, “Kaba.” That was because the gorgeous scenery in front of us was on the cover (kaba) of the  Hakone travel magazine!!!😍 What a lovely view to cap our Hakone visit! Not bad for an iPhone camera (my shot, not the magazine’s 🙂 [Thank…

Hakone Checkpoint (Hakone Shekiso)

Imagine you were a young girl and had to leave your family to be sent to a heavily-guarded compound to work under a strict feudal rules. Day in and day out, all you did was work, work, work.  Violators of rules are severely punished. You are walled in and watched from all sides by weapon-wielding guards….

Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone and Taxi Information

I’ve been on a Lake Ashi Cruise before but I’m so thankful that this time, the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise we took, takes a different route altogether. [I showed Driver-san the picture of the red pirate ship and I tried oh so hard to tell him that this is the lake cruise I want to take….

Venetian Glass Museum, Hakone

Twinkle, twinkle, little star! Er….. I mean glass! Thousands of them! In broad daylight! Little pieces of Venetian Glass gently sway to and fro to the blowin’ in the wind as they hang from trees and a towering bridge canopy . They reflect the light they catch, producing a majestic sparkling wonderland. Add stunning glass sculptures set…

The Little Prince Museum, Hakone

“What is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Little Prince has become a phenomenon: 200 million books sold worldwide translated into 290 languages; a successful movie with 23 million viewers; 80-episode television series broadcasted in 50 countries; a musical play; the first aerial park in the world located…

Lake Ashi, Hakone

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