Sunday, 28°C sun, clouds, wind and sun again
Since yesterday evening the wind was blowing hard and in the morning it was no different. We set out to explore Lake Ashi today. We took the bus to Gora where we boarded the Hakone Tozan cable car to Sounzan. We then transferred to the ropeway to Owakudani station where a path leads to the onsen that spill steam and where the famous “black eggs” are cooked. The views from this area should be spectacular, however when we were there there were high winds and low clouds drifting in and out. One moment we had a great view and the next we could barely see 20 meters in front of us. We boarded the ropeway again for the rest of the trip to Togendai. Just outside the ropeway station we went on board of a replica pirate ship that crosses Lake Ashi to Hakone-Machi. We visited “the old checkpoint” here and in Moto-Hakone we went to the Hakone Shrine and the Peace Gate before the bus brought us to Hakone-Yumoto. A scenic trainride brings passengers to Gora from where we took the last bus back to the guesthouse.