Here’s blog entry number two on my trip to Japan. Hakone is without a doubt my favorite place in Japan. We were lucky enough to be there in the fall when the leaves were changing and it was so beautiful and so peaceful. I sort of want to move there when I retire.
We spent two nights in Hakone and the first night we stayed at the Fujiya Hotel. It reminded me of a mix between the hotel in The Shining and The Grand Budapest hotel. It has the same old eerie beauty of The Shining and the same ambiance of The Grand Budapest. We had a lobby boy take our bags to our room and show us around. The piping is hooked up to the natural hot springs so each bathtub can be turned into your own private spa. Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller, and John Lennon are among some of the few who used to frequent this hotel. The hotel was established 1878.
What’s better than going to a museum? Going to a museum outside on top of a mountain in autumn. On our way to the museum we found a cafe where you can sip on wine while taking a foot bath. Not a bad way to spend a cold afternoon. Learn more about Hakone Open-Air Museum.
On our second day in town we met back up with our friends and headed out to Lake Ashi. We took a boat across the lake and a tram up the mountain. It was freezing cold outside but so beautiful. After that we visited the Sengokuhara Pampas fields.
YOSHIIKE RYOKEN AND ONSEN
On our last night in town we stayed at a traditional Japanese style hotel. There are no beds. Just a small table and two seats on the floor for you to drink tea. You go down to dinner in your traditional Japanese robes and while at dinner the table in your room is removed and two mats laid out for sleeping. It was a really unique experience and I’m so glad we did it. After that we went to Yunessun Onsen, hot spring which had tons of different spas including a green tea infused one. Unfortunately we accidentally had our gopro on the wrong setting so the pics didn’t turn out all that great.