Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Owakudani Hakone Ropeway (black eggs) in Japan


Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley is a very popular attraction place to visit during our one day local tour trip to Mount Fuji and Hakone in Japan. You can read about my trips to Mount Fuji and Hakone Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashinoko on my previous post. We joined the local tour trip which was a popular tour for tourists traveling from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Hakone for a day trip. You can find many local trips available by searching online.

Owakudani (大涌谷) is an active volcano crater zone, created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Visitors can reach to the top of Owakudani by driving through the curvy and steep roads or getting on the cable car ride at Hakone Ropeway Station. Once you have reached to the top of Owakudani Valley, you can see many steamy natural hot spring pools as well as smelling the sulfurous fumes. Visitors are encouraged to try the cooked eggs which are boiled on the hot natural spring pools. The shells of eggs are blackened by the sulfur as it is believed to prolong one's life by seven years. Apart from that, visitors must try the localized ice-cream flavour of volcanic ashes and green tea before leaving Owakudani.


Getting on Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley in Japan
Getting on Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley in Japan

Heading to Owakudani Volcanic Valley by cablecar ride and enjoying the scenery of Lake Ashi and mountains at Hakone, Japan
Heading to Owakudani Volcanic Valley by cable car ride and enjoying the scenery of Lake Ashi and mountains at Hakone, Japan

A closer look at Lake Ashi during the cablecar ride at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan
A closer look at Lake Ashi during the cablecar ride at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan

Beautiful landscape scenery of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi during the cablecar ride at Owakudani Volcanic Valley in Japan
Beautiful landscape scenery of Mount Fuji (on the right) and Lake Ashinoko during the cable car ride at Owakudani Volcanic Valley in Japan

Arriving at Owakudani exit stop at the cablecar station in order to visit sulfurous bubbling pools at Hakone, Japan
Arriving at Owakudani exit stop at the cable car station in order to visit sulfurous bubbling pools at Hakone, Japan

Famous sulfurous volcanic pools and hot springs at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan
Famous sulfurous volcanic pools and hot springs at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan

Heading to Owakudani Natural Hot and Sulfurous Volcanic Spring pools at Hakone, Japan
Heading to Owakudani Natural Hot and Sulfurous Volcanic Spring pools at Hakone, Japan

Getting closer to sulfurous fumes and hot spring pools at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan
Getting closer to sulfurous fumes and hot spring pools at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan

Sulfurous fumes and hot springs at the top peak of Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan
Sulfurous fumes and hot springs at the top peak of Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan

Trying out volcanic ashes and Green Tea ice-cream at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan
Trying out volcanic ashes and Green Tea ice-cream at Owakudani Volcanic Hakone Valley in Japan

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  • Friday, July 10, 2015

    Mt Fuji & Hakone Lake Ashi Cruise in Japan


    We wanted to visit Mount Fuji but we couldn't find a direct access from Tokyo to the main entrance of Mount Fuji station. You could take a train ride from Tokyo city centre to the nearby local town which is located outside of Tokyo downtown and near to Mount Fuji. After that, you need to take a public bus transportation to take you from the train station all the way to Mount Fuji. It's very troublesome when we don't speak and understand Japanese language. The locals have a very minimal understanding of English as well. 

    Hence, we decided to follow the local tour for a day trip to Mount Fuji, the pirate boat cruise on Lake Ashi and Owakudani Valley in Hakone. It was a popular local trip tour traveling from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and Hakone for tourists. You can find this trip package by searching online. We departed early in the morning from the hotel at Tokyo downtown and returned on the same day to the hotel at night. We really had a relaxing trip as we didn't have to worry about the public transportation and entrance tickets. Everything was handled by the tour company as well as providing lunch for us too.

    It was early spring but Japan still experienced some snowing. We could see the tip of Mount Fuji was covered with snow during our one day tour to Mount Fuji and some attractions at Hakone area as well as during our Shinkansen bullet train ride from Tokyo city centre to Osaka. We could only take some pictures of Mount Fuji at the second station as we weren't allowed to go to the fifth station which was the last stop of Mount Fuji for sightseeing.

    Next, we headed to Hakone Sightseeing Cruise along Lake Ashinoko after our lunch break. It was very crowded with the locals who were traveling with friends and families as well. We were cruising the famous Lake Ashi on a huge pirate cruise for about an hour to Hakonemachi-ko as our tour bus was waiting for us at the jetty. Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3,000 years ago. It is one of the famous attractions to cruise along Lake Ashinoko when you visit Hakone area. We were able to see the tip of  Mount Fuji which was covered with snow and the mini floating gate resembling the popular Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island.


    Taking the view of Mount Fuji which is covered fully with snow at the Mount Fuji 2nd station in Japan
    Taking the view of Mount Fuji which is covered fully with snow at the Mount Fuji 2nd station in Japan

    The view of Mount Fuji during the Shinkasen train ride (bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka) in Japan
    The view of Mount Fuji during the Shinkasen train ride (bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka) in Japan

    Heading onto the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Cruise at Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    Heading onto the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Cruise at Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    Departing from Togendai-ko for Hakone Sightseeing Cruise  and you may able to see Mount Fuji in the clear days at Japan
    Departing from Togendai-ko for Hakone Sightseeing Cruise  and you may able to see Mount Fuji in the clear days at Japan

    You will find many small towns located along Lake Ashinoko and surrounded by mountains in Japan
    You will find many small towns located along Lake Ashinoko and surrounded by mountains in Japan

    The front view of the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship with the breathtaking view of mountains and Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    The front view of the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship with the breathtaking view of mountains and Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    The rear view of Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship with Japan flag along Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    The rear view of Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship with Japan flag along Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    Hakone Detached Palace Garden can be seen while cruising along the Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    Hakone Detached Palace Garden can be seen while cruising along the Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    Hakone Shrine resembles Itsukushima Shrine (the floating torii gate) at Miyajima Island while cruising along Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    Hakone Shrine resembles Itsukushima Shrine (the floating torii gate) at Miyajima Island while cruising along Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    The view of the ship control deck room of the Hakone Cruise ship during cruising along Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    The view of the ship control deck room of the Hakone Cruise ship during cruising along Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    Leaving the pirate cruise at Hakonemachi-ko after Hakone Sightseeing at Lake Ashinoko in Japan
    Leaving the pirate cruise at Hakonemachi-ko after Hakone Sightseeing at Lake Ashinoko in Japan

    Getting off from the pirate ship at Hakonemachi-ko since our tour bus is waiting for us before heading back to Tokyo, Japan
    Getting off from the pirate ship at Hakonemachi-ko since our tour bus is waiting for us before heading back to Tokyo, Japan

    The view of Lake Ashinoko at Hakonemachi-ko in the evening before heading back to Tokyo, Japan
    The view of Lake Ashinoko at Hakonemachi-ko in the evening before heading back to Tokyo, Japan

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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Odaiba Minato & Gundam Tokyo Bay, Japan


    There are many places for shopping and leisure with your loved ones or children in Tokyo city but they are always crowded and swarming with people throughout the day. It is not easy to find a place which makes you more relaxing without feeling overcrowded while you are shopping, dating or enjoying your entertainment activities. 

    Odaiba has become a popular shopping and entertainment destination among the Japanese on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Odaiba (お台場) is located at a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay and just across the Rainbow Bridge from Tokyo central in Japan. It takes about 35 minutes ride from Tokyo Station to Odaiba by subway train as it is located outside of the busy downtown of Tokyo. Yurikamome elevated train line connects the visitors from Shimbashi Station on Yamanote Line to Odaiba in Tokyo Bay and vice versa.

    There are many activities/attractions for you, your loved ones and children to enjoy at Odaiba Tokyo Bay. You can plan for the whole day shopping, dining and participating with the indoor theme park and entertainment at Odaiba. There are a number of shopping malls located within Yurikamome train line namely, Aquacity Odaiba, Divercity Tokyo Plaza and Decks Tokyo Beaches. 

    As when you visit Odaiba Tokyo Bay, you will be amused with some modern and futuristic building concept such as Fuji TV Building and Telecom Center. Visitors are allowed to take pictures of Odaiba bay area at the observation decks of these futuristic buildings, when you purchase the admission tickets. 

    If you are into food adventure, you should visit Food Theme Park which offers different kinds of ramen all over Japan at Aquacity Odaiba. Beside that, Odaiba Tokyo Bay also offers some indoor theme parks and interactive learning activities such as Legoland Discovery Center, Trick Art Museum, Museum of Maritime Science and National Museum of Emerging Science.

    Generally, I love visiting Odaiba Tokyo Bay at night when the buildings, the giant Ferris Wheel, the walkway, the stairways and the life sized Gundam robot are light up with neons which keep changing the colours.

    How to get to Odaiba?
    Subway : Get down from Shimbashi Station on Yamanote Line and purchase train ticket for Yurikamome Line. Follow the signboards by getting on the escalators and walking across to the next platform in order to get on Yurikamome Line. The Yurikamome train connects all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.


    Walking along the platform to take Yurikamome transit ride from Tokyo central to Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan
    Walking along the platform to take Yurikamome transit ride from Tokyo central to Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan

    Crossing the popular Rainbow Bridge during the ride on the Yurikamome rapid transit line which connects the Tokyo central and Tokyo Bay artificial island in Japan
    Crossing the popular Rainbow Bridge during the ride on the Yurikamome rapid transit line which connects the Tokyo central and Tokyo Bay artificial island in Japan

    Welcome to Odaiba which is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay and across Rainbow Bridge from the central Tokyo in Japan
    Welcome to Odaiba which is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay and across Rainbow Bridge from the central Tokyo in Japan

    18-metre tall Gundam robot in front of Gundam Cafe at Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, Japan
    18-metre tall Gundam robot in front of Gundam Cafe at Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, Japan

    The detailed back view of the components of the giant Gundam robot in front of The Diver City Plaza at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan
    The detailed back view of the components of the giant Gundam robot in front of The Diver City Plaza at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan

    Gundam Cafe on the ground floor of The Diver City Tokyo Plaza at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan
    Gundam Cafe on the ground floor of The Diver City Tokyo Plaza at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan

    Colourful illuminated lights keep changing along the walkways at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan
    Colourful illuminated lights keep changing along the walkways at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan

    Palette Town shopping centre with its popular Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall  and the giant light up Ferris Wheel, known as Daikanransha at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan
    Palette Town shopping centre with its popular Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall  and the giant light up Ferris Wheel, known as Daikanransha at Odaiba Tokyo Bay in Japan

    Colourful lights keep changing on the stairways at night at Fuji Television Headquarter Building in Odaiba Tokyo Bay, Japan
    Colourful lights keep changing on the stairways at night at Fuji Television Headquarter Building in Odaiba Tokyo Bay, Japan

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