Hakone checkpoint

Hello friends! Here is what I got up to while exploring the town of Hakone! Although it rained, it was still a good trip. Hakone is a tourist town located not far from Mount Fuji and is famous for its hot springs. We went to three different places: The Hakone Geo Museum, the Hakone Checkpoint Museum, and the Hakone Open Air Museum.

Food

We had a delicious dinner at the hotel after arriving in Odawara.

Some of the food, including sashimi, smoked salmon, and fruit.

Hakone Geo Museum

The Geo Museum is located in Owakudani, a volcanic valley located near Mount Fuji. This volcano valley is what makes this beautiful, traditional Japanese town famous for its hot springs. The Geo Museum is also home of volcanic boiled eggs, in which eggs are dipped in the hot spring water. The sulfur from the hot spring causes the eggshells to turn black, and it’s super interesting as well.

A note for any travelers who want to come here: As this museum is situated on Owakudani, it does smell strongly of sulfur. Despite this, in addition to the terrible weather, I really did like the Geo Museum.

Minor eruptions that happened in Owakudani

More information about the Owakudani eruptions

Volcanic rocks

Diorama of worshippers hiking to Owakudani

Volcanic driftwood

The reason why the museum smells so much…sulfur!

How sulfur was used

Overall, the Geo Museum was pretty interesting. It provided a nice distraction from the terrible storm that day, and it was cool to see the different volcanic rocks.

Hakone Checkpoint

The Hakone Checkpoint is a historical landmark. During the Edo period, it served as a checkpoint for travelers who wanted to go across Japan. The checkpoint was restored in 2007 and offers a beautiful view of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji.

hakone checkpoint

The stables

hakone checkpoint

View from Lake Ashi

Warming up by the fire

A well

All in all, I also enjoyed the Checkpoint Museum. I love history, and it was really interesting to learn about ancient Japanese etiquette and how strict they were with appearance.

Hakone Open Air Museum

The Hakone Open Air Museum is Japan’s first open-air museum. The museum has over 1000 art exhibitions and features works from artists such as Picasso. The majority of the art installations in this museum are done by Japanese artists.

Despite the gloomy weather, it eventually did brighten up when we left the Open Air Museum and we were able to see a special surprise on our way to Kyoto.

Some of the sculptures from the front of the Open Air Museum.

This sculpture was one of my favorites. It offers a different perspective on things if you catch my drift.

This sculpture of a woman’s head was definitely my favorite. It’s so unique and uses plants as her hair.

This was a cool little exhibition, where I could climb up these stairs and see the world from inside the glass.

A little colorful sculpture for kids to climb on.

This beautiful rainbow sculpture was also pretty cool.

Despite the dreary weather earlier, it did eventually brighten up when we left Hakone.

Seeing Fujisan!

After leaving Hakone, we hopped on the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) to Kyoto. During the ride, Mount Fuji decided to treat us by emerging from behind the clouds.

(two of these photos were taken from a group travel chat)

Seeing Fujisan in person made my trip. I was feeling down the first few days of the trip as it wouldn’t stop pouring it down. Seeing the beautiful iconic mountain made the trip very worth it.

Have you ever been to Hakone?

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2 Comments

  1. I would love to visit Japan one day, and Hakone looks like a wonderful town to visit with a lot to see! I also enjoyed all your photos!

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