Hakone to Tokyo

11 February 2013


Lake Ashi

A half hour bus ride from Hakone will bring you to one of the most famous sights in Japan: the view of Hakone Jinja (Hakone Shrine, 箱根神社) across Lake Ashi, and, if it is clear, a view of Mount Fuji in the background. While I was there the clouds cleared enough to give a partial view of the slopes of Mount Fuji. Countless travel posters and brochures from what is sometimes called the “Golden Age of Travel” featured this image.

On the combined bus and train trip back to Tokyo I stopped at Odawara and walked around Odawara Castle, but it was closing when I arrived so I didn’t have the opportunity to go inside. Some of the trees in the garden surrounding the castle were just beginning to come into bloom, offering the first hint of spring.

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Odawara Castle

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Grand Strategy Annex

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