I went to Hakone last weekend. Hakone is a popular resort, which is well-known for having many hot springs, beautiful scenery and wholesome climate. It’s easy to access from Tokyo and in my case, it took about an hour to drive from Yokohama. It’s so convenient.
It was a fine day and I had expected to view Mt. Fuji from a very close point. I think that Mt. Fuji has a special power that makes us get excited. Whether we are able to see its beautiful corn shape or not. Even Japanese like me, who already have seen the mountain many times, get thrilled and foreign tourists much more so.
First of all, we went on board a sightseeing cruse boat on Lake Ashi. Lake Ashi is a caldera lake, which collects water in a large crater shaped like basin made by volcanic activities. (Caldera is a Spanish word that means sunken places.) Lake Ashi is surrounded by forest and it makes the scenery more profound.
Blowing in the breeze on the deck of the boat, I was looking at the surface of the lake, which was sparkling with the reflection of sunshine. There are very few commercial facilities around the lake, so we could appreciate the genuinely natural landscape there.
After that, we climbed Mt.Hakone-Komagatake by ropeway. Komagatake used to be a volcano, but now it’s a good view point that overlooks a panoramic view of Lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji, the Izu peninsula and more. When we got to the plateau, most of the coulds were swept away and the beautiful shape of Mt, Fuji with its long skirts appeared just in front of us. How lucky we were!
Mt. Fuji enshrines the Shinto deity named Konohanasakuya-hime, or literally means “Princess this flower is blooming now.” Maybe, she was in a good mood and smiled for us, I believe.
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