Japan, part three: hakone

After spending a week in Tokyo, my brother and I rode the Shinkansen, a bullet train, to a hot springs spa in Hakone. The spa was so relaxing and the scenery so breathtaking that I was bummed we were only there for two days.

Our first day in Hakone. That's Mt. Fuji off in the distance to my left.

One of Hakone's many spectacular views. There's Mt. Fuji in the background again, and in the foreground is the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, modeled after a pirate ship.

Hakone is a volcanically active area, and these eggs are boiled in the sulfurous water at Owakudani. For lunch one day, we had several eggs each, some fresh strawberries, and baked sweet potatoes. Yum!

Inside "Symphonic Sculpture" at the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

My favorite piece in Shinji Ohmaki's "Proof of Existence" exhibition at the Open-Air Museum.

Our Japanese style room at the hot springs resort.

Best surprise: There's a Little Prince Museum in Hakone! The book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a long-time favorite of mine, and the museum is adorable.


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