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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