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Hakone: Shunkoso ryokan-onsen - the awning that marks the onsen for women only

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).

Hakone: Shunkoso ryokan-onsen - Onsen #2
I stayed with the Japanese breakfast. A small grill is placed on the table and all I have to go was get the fish and grill it. There were soup, some rice dishes, tofu and the like. It was yummy. Although some people may not find it so, I found it great!

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 left my luggage at the ryokan, planning to come back by 3pm so I can catch the 4pm shinkansen in Odawara ato Kyoto.

I walked to the train station again. This was a lovelier walk than the day before because it wasn't raining anymore.

Hakone: Shunkoso ryokan-onsen - Onsen #2's rotemburo
The shops just opened and the aroma of sweets were in full bloom as I walk past the market. I took the railway train from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora, then the cablecar from Gora to Sounzan, where I caught the ropeway to Owakudani.

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.

Hakone: Shunkoso ryokan-onsen - breakfast dining area
I never ate so many eggs in such a short span before - but hey, eating one egg is supposed to lengthen your life to 7 years, so 7 time 3 is 21. I guess that means I get to live 21 years longer, huh? I left Owakudani a few minutes later. I was starting to develop a headache from the sulfur smell and it was another 15 minutes walk back to the ropeway.

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.

Hakone: Shunkoso ryokan-onsen - traditional Japanese breakfast - buffet-style
It was a beautiful view with the sun partially brightening half of the lake, and the clouds shading the other half.

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.

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Hakone: Owakudani
Hakone: Owakudani
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Hakone: Owakudani
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Hakone: Owakudani - stinky sulfur!
Hakone: Owakudani
Hakone: Owakudani
Hakone: a mark on Hakone mountains
Hakone: a mark on Hakone mountains
Odawara: bullet train to Kyoto
Odawara: bullet train to Kyoto
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