The second to last day on Japan soil. I had to make the most of it and accomplish a few more things. Experience a proper, natural outdoor onsen (hot spring), see Mount Fuji from closer up, — and eat sushi at a proper sushi restaurant.
Today I was going to be spending the whole day at Hakone, a popular getaway for Tokyo’s residents. Famous for offering great views of Mount Fuji, many hiking trails, resorts and many natural hot springs.
Yesterday, I bought a Hakone pass off a hostel mate who had purchased a two-day pass but only used the benefits of the pass yesterday. I could make use of the pass to avail buses and local trains within Hakone today. But first I had to get to Hakone from Tokyo station.
I must say though, the roads aren’t very wide. We were riding up and down hills, and the roads are just two lanes, so there isn’t a whole lot of space for cyclists. So ride carefully. I also saw quite a few high-end cars with their roofs down cruising past. The air is clean out here so I can imagine this is the right environment to go for a ride in convertibles.
I was wondering if I made a mistake taking the bus because it was moving at a rather slow pace. Sure, traffic was backed up at a few places but the buses would stop along the way to drop off passengers at various resorts, onsens and other attractions. Anyway, it’s not like I could afford to take a taxi. This bus ride was covered by the pass.
The cruise across Lake Ashi barely takes 20 minutes. It’s still an enjoyable cruise as the sights all around are pleasant. Next up, I would take the ropeway up to a resort from where I would soak myself in an onsen while enjoying a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. That’s the next post!