I woke up to mountain views and a cool breeze that smelled so fresh. As I stepped out onto the balcony of our hostel, I had to pinch myself to make sure I was actually here. In Japan. Exploring this country with my friend, Joyce. I’m here. We’re here.
Hakone has been my favorite, although I loved Tokyo too, but today has been my favorite day thus far.
We caught the Hakone Cable Car up to Ubako Station. A little old train tugged up the mountain through the greenery which I can only imagine the foliage in the fall. Gora, the town we’re staying in is known for its gorgeous fall colors.
Next, we took the Hakone Ropeway from Ubako to Togendai-Ko. These air gondola (resembling ski lifts) offered breathtaking views of more mountains and Lake Ashi. The ride down to the first pier was so quiet and peaceful, but I couldn’t contain my giddyness. Everything was so beautiful. The deep blue water, the immense amount of greenery, and the feeling of the cool, crisp air.
Then, after a brief moment on land, we took a boat that went across Lake Ashi — I didn’t know such beauty could exist. Had it been a little clearer, we would have got to see Mount Fuji.
The blues, the greens, it’s crazy to think that such a beautiful sight was created by the eruption of a volcano — ironic because I’m from Hawaii, but still. Lake Ashi is a crater. I suppose an eruption would be beautiful too, simultaneously meant to create and destroy.
Walking through Hakone was like getting into a time machine and going back at least 500 years. Little shops along the streets, people walking their dogs, green tea ice cream (everyday), peace and quiet with an occasional sound of chatter in Japanese.
TODAY WAS A DREAM.