Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A Virtual Trip On Japan's Oldest Mountain Railway

A gift doesn't need to come in physical form. I mentioned to Ru in one of her post over at her "Ru's Photos of Japan" that after 8 visits to Japan, we've yet been to Hakone. Zaini has been quite resistant to the idea because well... he just doesn't want to go where what seems every s.i.n.g.l.e tourist would head to when they go to Japan. 

 I guess we can somehow depend (hope?) that Ru's excursion would change our minds as she is an off-the-beaten-path explorer extraordinaire!
 
Anyway, she gave me a link toa video of the Hakone Tozan Railway that shows lovely ajisai along the tracks. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Another gift from Ru! :)

I immediately ask Zaini when we are going. Heh heh.

Pity though ajisai season doesn't coincide with Fujisan Marathon season. T____T

I bet Ru can outwalk and outpaced plenty of runners if she enters it! ^-^

20 comments:

  1. Heh heh! I knew the magic word was "train"!

    Gora is but the beginning. Take the little train to Gora, then a cable car to Sōunzan, then a ropeway to Ōwakudani. Welcome to hell.

    Happy Googling, Lina! :D

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  2. Hakone is huge, and most people go to the hot springs. (Duh. This is Japan, ja?) There are many places where you can be alone. That hike I did last week? I encountered the grand total of 4 people along the trail itself.

    The advantage of Hakone's popularity is that it's rather tourist-friendly. That means lots of English. :)

    The biggest disadvantage is that accommodation is painfully expensive, but a day trip from Tokyo is possible. That's why we left at 4 am. Yawn.

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    1. Who wants tourist friendly, Ru? The harder and troublesome it is to find info, the more fun the place! LOL

      4am? Pssshhhhh... you know there are people who makes it a point to wake up at that time on weekends and happy doing it, you lazy bum you? ;p kekeke

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    2. I'm not a crazy runner. I'm a crazy southern barbarian. >:)

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  3. I don't think I can go faster than the runners, but I bet you a bulk delivery of rooibos I'll still be trundling along over the next mountain long after they've stopped for a pee, a banana or a muscle cramp. >:)

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    1. And that's how you'll finish it before a number of them will! :)

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  4. Last one, just in case the dragon needs further persuasion. That track is so steep and has such sharp curves that the little train has to make three switchbacks. Look!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lfidA2oagw

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    1. Oooo I watched it while holding my breath! Awesome.

      The dragon is still pretty non-commital about it but hey! Never say never! ^^

      Thanks for the link. :)

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  5. Been to Hakone but did not take the train...

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    1. And for me, yet to do either ;)

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  6. Hakone is famous for its spectacular mountain scenery, hot springs, stunning views of Mt Fuji, and traditional ryokan inns.

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    1. And yet, because of that and the hordes of tourists visiting Hakone, we have been quite resistant about going. Ru has been rather succesful changing our minds though. ;p

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  7. You can always just stay from the Ajisai season all the way to the marathon. I'm sure a certain nomad would be happy to lend you a tent on her balcony for the summer. You'd probably get a nice view of Sky Tree every night too. ^^

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    1. Now that's an idea! LOL

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    2. Raimie can stay for free. His mother would have to bribe me with chocolate and his father would have to go to the train museum with me before they're allo ...

      Hey! Have you guys already visited the train museum in Saitama?

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    3. The train museum?
      As Pua Chu Kang would say (go on. Google that guy up), ahboden!

      Duh.

      Mochiron.

      Does that answer your question. Heh heh

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  8. Thank you for the virtual tour!!!
    I felt like I was there!!! :D

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