Thursday, November 9, 2017

Some Hakone pics...

The pictures don't do the real thing a justice. Hehe!

Hakone ga suki! =)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hakone getaway...

I had another out of town trip recently. Yay.

Two friend from Singapore were in town and they were kind enough to let me tag along with them to Hakone. Hehe!

It was my first time to Hakone.

After the Nikko traffic jam experience, I braced myself for a similar situation in Hakone. But... surprise, surprise, the trip was generally smooth.

We stayed there overnight and it wasn't enough.

Here's our itinerary:


0700 - Left Shinjuku via Odakyu Romancecar

0840 - Arrived in Hakone and took the Tozan Line to Gora Station for the Hakone Tozan Cable Car.

From Gora Station, we took the cable car to Souzan but we were told the Hakone Ropeway service was suspended due to volcanic gases. We didn't let this ruin the trip.

We took a bus that took us to Togendai-ko, where Lake Ashi and the mountainside with fall colors greeted us.

At Togendai-ko, we had lovely lunch by the lake. We planned to do the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise but we saw that the Hakone Ropeway was back in service. Sooo...

We took the Ropeway to Owakudani. We got off at Owakudani and took some pictures, then we took the Ropeway back to Togendai-ko.

It was such a beautiful ride as we got to see the fall colors from the cable car/gondola.

At Togendai-ko, we took the boat and we got off at Hakonemachi-ko.

Our accomms were a stone's throw away from Hakonemachi-ko Pier. It was defo a blessing.

After checking in, we walked around and then took the bus to Tenzan Tohji-kyo. It was my first authentic onsen experience and I loved it.


Following breakkie, we took the bus to Mishima Skywalk. We spent about an hour or so at Mishima Skywalk.

Then, we had lunch at Hakonemachi-ko before taking the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship back to Togendai-ko.

At Togendai-ko, we took the bus back to Hakone Yumoto Station.

1619 - Left Hakone Yumoto via Odakyu Romance Car

1800 - Arrived in Shinjuku

There were so many other things that we weren't able to do... Need to go back to Hakone one of these days.

TIP: Get the Hakone Free Pass!