We spent two days in Hakone, up in the mountains near Mt Fuji. Unfortunately it was pretty grey the whole time we were there so we didn’t get any views of the big mountain!

We stayed in a traditional Ryokan with its own Onsen, in the town of Gora. After Tokyo, it was nice to not do much! After arriving on the first day we visited the Open Air Museum (outdoor sculpture garden) and then spent a few hours at an outdoor onsen. It was relaxing, once you came to terms with being in the nude with complete strangers …..

The next morning we did the typical tourist tour – complete with a cruise on a pirate ship across Lake Ashi and then a ropeway back up the mountain to the thermal site where they pump the hot springs for the Onsens dotted through the town.

Next stop, Kyoto!

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