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On the way to Hakone

I don't exactly remember how long did it take us to drive to Hakone (I could have checked the time on the photos but I'm too lazy to do it now =)) but the drive was nice since we looked around and were able to see beautiful surroundings. We passed a few fields with Pampas grass and our guide Asuka told us that it was planted intentionally for entertainment purposes - once it gets dry people who live around organize some sort of festival - they just burn it and have fun... Well, as long as it's safe why not to have fun! ha ha...

There were many koi carps in the Lake Ashi and they were really really humongous, they were *asking* for food by taking out their mouth outta the water! Most of them were dark colored, somewhat dark purple and looked like they were dressed in fluffy velvet coats, really beautiful.

Some lovely garden
We boarded the boat and had about 20 minutes cruise. There were a few Pirate boats cruising on the lake, they looked awesome like they were real ones! =)

Then we went on Komagatake Ropeway ride up the mountain. It was amazing! On the top of the mountain we had like half an hour walk around and saw a beautiful Shrine. It was really peaceful and so relaxing!

After leaving ropeway we went exploring shops (of course). Surprisingly we didn't buy anything but I was amazed by so many toys of Totoro and other characters from my favourite Miyazaki movies! I wanted to buy all of them but I couldn't since I didn't have much of free space in my luggage and most of all I couldn't decide which one to buy - I loved them all! =) I am a child at heart after all...

We headed back to Tokyo passing Odawara Station on our way. We dropped some people there who chose to return back by bullet train. I wanted to have a bus ride so I chose it (looking back - I should have chosen returning by train - much faster!).

We bought some really good pies and salads from French Bakery at Odawara Station and it made my stomach really happy =) 

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On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone
Some lovely garden
Some lovely garden
On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone, Pampas grass
On the way to Hakone, Pampas grass
On the way to Hakone, Pampas grass
On the way to Hakone, Pampas grass
On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone
On the way to Hakone
Lake Ashi. Spot the fish =)
Lake Ashi. Spot the fish =)
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Some Pirates …
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Some Pirates…
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Pirate ship u…
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Pirate ship …
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Lonely fisher…
Cruise on Lake Ashi. Lonely fishe…
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Cruise on Lake Ashi
Komagatake Ropeway - here they are…
Komagatake Ropeway - here they ar…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cables...
Komagatake Ropeway. Cables...
Komagatake Ropeway. How it works.
Komagatake Ropeway. How it works.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
At the top of the mountain.
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride …
Komagatake Ropeway. Cableway ride…
Totoro =)
Totoro =)
Komagatake Ropeway.
Komagatake Ropeway.
Odawara Castle
Odawara Castle
Hakone
photo by: reikunboy