May 01, 2007

Hakone - Day 1

The end of April and the beginning of May in Japan is known as Golden Week, since four ntional Holidays fall in the space of one week. This year that means a three-day weekend closely followed by a four-day weekend ~ or, for the lucky ones like me, nine days off!

No matter where you decide to head in Golden Week, it's likely to be crowded, so you either have to accept that and join the masses, or spend a quieter time at home. I decided to head to Hakone, in Kanagawa prefecture, which is famous for its hot springs and views of Mount Fuji. Of course, thousands of others had the same idea.

Once you arrive in Hakone itself, there is the choice of staying down in the town itself, or taking the mountain train and/or the funicular railway to various different points up in the mountains. The top picture shows part of the queue for the funicular railway (confusingly called a 'cable car' in Japanese) at the lower station on Sunday morning, and the second picture show the train coming into the station.

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