The Hakone Ropeway was definitely our favorite part of our day trip to Hakone. The last post left off with a view like this…
After we crested a large hill (or mountain side), the ground opened up below us and we were presented with a completely different view.
It felt like we were entering a scene from Indiana Jones! I think I can see Harrison Ford down there…
This is area is called Owakudani (Great Boiling Valley). It is known for it’s active with hot springs, sulphur vents, and hard-boiled (black) eggs. Supposedly, for every egg you consume – 7 years will be added to your life.
Construction is constantly being done in Owakudani, in an attempt to stablize the area from landslides.
While the sulfur fields were below us, Mt. Fuji was visible in the distance. Thankfully, it was a ‘clear enough’ day to have this view. I think the steam rising from the ground and the haze surrounding Mt. Fuji make the photos look like a painting!
I still can’t believe we actually climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji in August! The view was definitely more comfortable and less tiring from the ropeway. I couldn’t resist… 🙂
“Look over there!! Can you see that large mountain behind me?!” 🙂
You can get an idea of what the ropeway was like by watching this video. Make sure you watch around the 4 minute point and you’ll see what it was like to come to the top of the hill and have the ground open up below.
Time to go back down…
The sky was very hazy when we looked toward the mountain. Lake Ashi can be seen in the photo below.
When I turned and faced the opposite direction, the sky was definitely more clear!
Next up: Hakone Sightseeing Cruise