Mount Hakone is a popular resort area due to the presence of hot baths (onsen) and the proximity to the Tokyo area. Many trains and express link Tokyo to the region. We took the cable-car to the summit of Mt Hakone on a rainy day but enjoyed nevertheless the experience. A very popular dish on mount Hakone is the black egg (Kuro-tamago) cooked in a thermal pool right on the mountain flank. Also, don’t miss the delicious black ramen!
I stumbled upon this shrine while walking in Gion, the famous district where one can observe Geishas in Kyoto. I was definitely impressed by the atmosphere created by all the lanterns. I really recommend to visit if you happen to be around, especially in the evening.
Nozawa Onsen is a small village located in Nagano prefecture. It is a very popular onsen and ski resort. There are about twenty public onsen (hot bath) in the village and they are free to use. Each has different temperature and chemical properties. You can get a stamp book and collect stamps from every onsen, each has a unique illustration. I was told that at one of those Onsen the water temperature is close to the boiling temperature of water (the water is at 95C)! If you do not fear warm water, a trip to Nozawa Onsen is a relaxing and enjoyable experience!
Tokyo tower was built in 1958 and is an iconic symbol of Tokyo. It measures 333 meters and has a look similar to Eiffel tower but with a red and white look. It is now surpassed in height by Sky Tree (634m) but offers a different perspective on the city that makes it entirely worth visiting. The observation deck offers a superb view of Tokyo’s city-scape. One can also see very well the Zojo-ji temple located nearby.