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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ニッポン 4 - HAKONE/TOYOHASHI

04Sept08 Thur
Tour Day 4 - Hot Spring→Mount Fuji→Owakudani Boiling Valley→Peace Park→Shinkansen(Hamamatsu)→Toyohashi(Hotel and Sega Mall)
箱根温泉→富士山五合目→大涌谷→平和公園→新幹線(浜松)→豊橋


Female

Male


Place where you place your belongings and your clothings. bring nothing but a small towel in!

the place where you freshen yourself up after the hot spring

the place where you bathe thoroughly before entering the hot spring


my sister enjoying.

only stay in the hot spring 10-20mins.
get up immediately if you sense any dizziness.

yours truly enjoyed it so much that she got so dizzy. HAHAHA.

it's quite amazing being Asians, Japaneses can be so open about walking naked in the hot spring place. Even grandmas walk into the the hot spring with a face towel only wrapped around the lower body. I feel embarrassed but obliged to lift my head to reply her 'Ohayo Gozaimasu". Too shy to look ^^; Kiki and I were all means and ways to cover our body parts though... HHAAAAA


Finally got to do this. I always see it on TV and wonder how big it is..

富士山五合目へ行く途中
on the way the '5th level' of Mount Fuji

Random handsome people, hahha

drizzling slightly, but otherwise weather was superb.
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Miss Long Legs - probably the only one who was wearing shorts.
It was rather cold..

多分ショーツを穿いたのは妹しかいなかった。
寒くない・・・?



woohoo!

beyond this, is the way to higher altitudes.
we want to conquer this next time!
it's even colder beyond this point.. easy breezy.. haha i like..

次は六合目以上チャレンジする!

COLD

富士山五合目CONQUERED, haha..
next time is up and beyond!

nice nice weather.. i likeeeeeee
maybe i can live in the mountains when I grow old..

with Charlene

マネ?ww

random handsome people
イケメン?ww

handsome and pretty people fill the Land of the Rising Sun..


greenery. reminds me of land which teletubbies creatures live on.

damn, that's bad!

no teletubbies. no.

signboards

futuristic building, just had to take a picture of it. unfortunately I have no idea what it is.

The Great Boiling Valley (大涌谷 Ōwakudani) is a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents and hot springs in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. A popular tourist site for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and especially, Kuro-tamago (黒玉子) — a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The boiled eggs turn black and smell slightly sulphuric; consuming the eggs is said to increase longevity. Eating one adds seven years to your life. You may eat two for up to fourteen years, but eating a third is said to be highly unadvised.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Boiling_Valley

Don't be deceived by the innocent looking mountains and our smiles.
The mountains are diffusing this SUPER bad odour.

REALLY BAD. Like the smell of 10000000000000000000000000000 hard boiled eggs.
and I don't really love that kind of eggs.
smells like fart, says a tour group member.

no la, like eggs.
MANY MANY.

HELP!
臭いーーーーーーー 

climbing to a higher point.
apparently dangerous for those who are weak. too much of sulphur is no good.


YAY!
they are selling eggs cooked in hot spring

Friendly tour members Dennis and his brother Bryan offered us their eggs.
it's black in colour... but it tastes like any normal hard boiled egg!

i took this picture! nice focus right! yays...

miss HZ took this pic with hair on my face. grr. but focus not too bad.

"Japan Tea enters in a can"
One of the few weird translations I saw in Japan actually.
Their English is not as bad as you think!

i really can consider living in the mountains.
maybe after I retire.
but definitely not Sulphur Valley!!

山に住んでいいかな・・・?

Hello Egg Kitty

Lunch. See cherry tomato? Haha my fav!
ate dozens of that in Japan (yes it is an exaggeration)

Peace Park
love the parks in Japan


A Myanmar temple

Dennis and Bryan attempted to ring this huge bell. but it was out of bounds.

name of the huge bell

I'm sorry I can't translate what is on that huge piece of stone. But it looks cool right?

signs of AUTUMN!! pls come quick!!


you call it "Makku" in Tokyo, and "Makkudo" in Osaka.
you keep to the left on the escalator in Tokyo and right in Osaka.

東京は「マック」で、大阪は「マックド」です。
東京はエスカレーターの左で立って、大阪は右です。

Taking Shinkansen Bullet Train

MARUKO~!
They say I look like her. hahaha.

getting on the train

浜松→豊橋
Hamamatsu to Toyohashi.
one stop. Haha.

I like Shinkansen. Like plane rides.
新幹線 好きーー。

速い~

There are smoking and non-smoking cabins for Shinkansen. Queue at the right lane before boarding to avoid confusion. You can also reserve seats; it may get crowded at times and you have to stand.

Items for sale.

Spacious like Executive class!


That night's accommodation was at Hotel Nikko Toyohashi.

kawaii~

only Japaneses fold the toilet paper this way.
it will be polite if you can fold it after you are done.

at hotel

nice hotel... 楽

view from room.
congested areas..

wedding area in hotel
nice..

dinner was good!

SEGA mall beside the hotel. you won't believe the number of machines over there.
Gamers' paradise!!

this is not the end of it.

Itoyokado - Department store.




Sorry about the mess. =p

Breakfast was good too!

love this hotel!

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