Japan! Trip to Hakone day 1

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On Wednesday morning we boarded the Super Hakone Limited Express RomanceCar 13 to head out to Hakone National Park.

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We saw Mt. Fuji out the window on the way. The trip took about 90 minutes.

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When we got to the Hakone-Yamoto stop, we got off and transferred to the Hakone-Tonzan Railway line; a switchback train that goes up the mountain. And we saw this lovely sign. Always good advice.

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We took that train to Miyanoshita, where we took a short walk to our hotel.IMG_3453

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We stayed at the Fujiya Hotel, the oldest hotel in Japan. It opened in 1878, and is spectacularly beautiful. I LOVE old hotels, and this one had me over the moon. It’s made up of a bunch of buildings- the Flower Palace, the Comfy Lodge, the Restful Cottage, the Forest Lodge, and the Annex Kikka-so Inn. We stayed in the Flower Palace.

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Each of the rooms in the Flower Palace is named after a different flower. (And the whole place smells of lavender.) We were in the Pear room.

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This was our room key. They make them tough to lose.

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The view from one of our windows.IMG_3645

 

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There are gardens and things on the grounds of the hotel:

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Tons of famous people have stayed at the hotel, including:

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and

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John Lennon ate apple pie at this very table, and so did we.

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An old illustration of the hotel. Doesn’t it just make your imagination go crazy?

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Details of the rest of day 1 to come in the next post!

3 thoughts on “Japan! Trip to Hakone day 1

  1. Christy on

    I am definitely taking notes of what to do on our next trip to Japan. You look like you are having so much fun!

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