After breakfast, meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and walk to Shinjuku station. Take the train to Hakone. Ride the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) for views of Lake Ashi and, if the day is clear, catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji. (Luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Kyoto separately. Please prepare an overnight bag for 1 night in Hakone.)
We will take a 20-minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakundani. Most of the area around Owakudani was formed from volcanic eruptions around 3,000 years ago, allowing you to see the continuous active volcanic activity in Hakone. White smoke from the ground billows around this area. Due of its unique landscape, it was called the “Valley of Hell” back in the Edo Period. The black hard-boiled egg, prepared in the hot spring water, is a popular souvenir and must-try snack.
Volcanic gas causes the eggshells to oxidize, turning them black naturally. It is said you will increase your lifespan by seven years if you eat an egg. The eggs are sold by multiple shops in the area by Owakudani Station, so you should try one when you visit. Sail across the waters of Lake Ashi, created from an ancient volcano eruption and the largest lake in Kanagawa Prefecture. One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is on a pirate-themed boat that lets travelers see the view around the lake. Located close to Moto-hakone-ko, a stop on the cruise is Hakone Shrine. It is a particularly famous shrine with its enormous torii gate by the lake. Make sure to stop by for pictures and to feel the tranquil atmosphere of this shrine.
Now we will be transferring to your accommodation, a traditional Japanese ryokan. Check in at Ryokan and soak in the onsen, enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep on a futon mattress in a tatami-floored room. PLEASE NOTE: High winds and/or heavy rain can, and will often cause cessation of services on the Sightseeing Boat cruise and/or ropeway. Should this occur, we will not be able to operate the itinerary as listed above, and will replace it with the best possible alternative given the weather conditions. Also, in the case of bad weather, even if the boats are still operating, we may alter the itinerary for your comfort and safety as Mt. Fuji will more than likely not be visible anyway.
Accommodations: Hakone Pax Yoshino