Hakone: Eating black eggs in Owakudani
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I woke up at dawn. My phone alarm went off 5 minutes later. Having sorted out my stuff the night before, all I had to do was take my morning onsen and have breakfast. The onsen for the morning is the 2nd onsen located on the 1st first floor - which was the men's onsen from last night.
Donning on my yukata, I went to the onsen armed with small towel and camera. Again, I found myself to be alone in the onsen. I guess it was too early and people were still asleep. Sweet~! Took a couple of pictures despite the steam making it difficult to get a decent photo, and enjoyed having the onsen all to myself. I also went outside to try their stone rotemburo. It was lovely!
Refreshed and starving, I headed to the top floor where the dining area for breakfast was set up. It was a buffet-style breakfast with traditional Japanese breakfast and Western dishes (cereal, eggs, bread, etc).
When I came back to my room, my bed was all gone and I packed my toiletries. I left an hour later for my 2nd attempt to see Mt. Fuji.
I walked to the train station again. This was a lovelier walk than the day before because it wasn't raining anymore.
The smell of sulfur was awful! But ventured into the volcanic active area, I did. It was a 15 minute walk to reach the natural hot spring, where they were selling the famous kurotamago. Kurotamago are eggs exposed to the sulfur which gives them a black-colored shell. It is safe and edible. They sell a minimum of 5 eggs for 500yen. Seeing that I caouldn't buy, rather they won't let me buy, less than 5, even after I tried to sweeten up the vendor, I ended up eating 3 of the 5.
I threw the remaining 2 eggs before I boarded the ropeway down to Togendai. No way was I going to eat anymore eggs - even if my life will be extended by another 7 years.
I still didn't see Mt. Fuji. Despite the sun coming out, it wasn't clear enough and clouds covered Fuji-san. =( So I walked around the Togendai area before heading back up and lounged at the Togendai View Restaurant. I ordered a bowl of ramen, and enjoyed the view of Lake Ashi and the sightseeing boats.
I returned to the ropeway again, and returned to Gora, where I walked around looking through the stores. Next thing I knew, it was 2pm and knew I had to return to pick up my luggage. Where had the time gone?
Walking back to the ryokan was nice, well, hiked more likely. On my way to the ryokan, I passed by the market area and I bought more of the brown, round sweet, dorayaki, to snack on the shinkansen. I caught the bus to bring me to the train station, boarded the train to Odawara and 30 minutes later, the Hikari shinkansen to Kyoto arrived.It was a limited train so the ride took only 2 hours.