Autumn Hakone


When we get the urge to go on a quick day trip, Hakone is one of our favorite spots to visits. This time we wanted to enjoy the mountain's changing colors. We drove the Hakone Skyline toll road, which was worth every 700 yen to cross.

We stopped at a cafe/scenic overlook where the kiddos got to pet a wandering goat.

 

Then we started the climb up a mountain ridge to view Lake Ahino.


It was the perfect climb for little legs.


Just enough difficulty to keep it interesting.


Lots of places to stop and enjoy the view.

 

 And a beautiful view at the top.


Lake Ashino on one side.


The ocean on the other.


While I know this is not wheat, this picture brought a verse from Psalms to mind and captured an autumn afternoon.


 We headed past some beautiful colors as we headed to Owakudani (Great Boiling Valley) to have kuro-tomago or black eggs.


 It is a volcanic valley with active sulfur vents everywhere.


 The kiddos watched the eggs being boiled.


 Then we enjoyed a few ourselves.


Eating one is said to add seven years to your life. Our life expectancey should be up there with the Japanese now.


The kids tested the warm spring water. 

 
 

It is definitely a tourist spot, but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

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