The Model Tour

We have just been down swimming in the natural hot springs pool here at the hotel [not the onsen as that is sex segregated]. It is a great example of what the Japanese do well; there is a locker for your shoes and another for your clothes, with the key on a waterproof wrist band. There are showers with shampoo provided, a watercooler with cups, a spin-dryer for your swimmers and plastic bags to carry your swimmers back to your room! Similarly, it rained today and there is a man at the door to either give you an umbrella or to place your umbrella into a bag so you don’t drip on the carpet.

We are still enjoying wearing the Yukata.

Matching Yukata!

Matching Yukata!

The main activity today was to go on the Hakone “model Tour”, with the aim of seeing Fuji; well that part didn’t work out due to low cloud, but it was still fascinating and beautiful. First catch a train!

Hakone-Tozan train

Hakone-Tozan train

At Gora we transferred to a Cablecar.

Gora Cablecar

Gora Cablecar

The cablecar delivered us high up on a mountain at Sounzan, past lots of beautiful autumn trees [but too hard to photograph through the windows!]. Then we transferred to a gondola to continue to Owakudani where there is a volcanic crater and lots of thermal activity. Apparently eating the black eggs cooked there bestows longevity, but we all piked out!

Autumn leaves from the gondola

Autumn leaves from the gondola

Volcanic hillside

Volcanic hillside

The Gondola

The Gondola

Japanese schoolgirls with their longevity egg! Much braver than us.

Japanese schoolgirls with their longevity egg! Much braver than us.

Next stage was another gondola down the otherside of the mountain down to Lake Ashi to cruise on these amazing boats…Disney’s idea of a pirate galleon.

Our gorgeous ship

Our gorgeous ship

Tim entertaining the school children [they all cheered and clapped his performance!]

Tim entertaining the school children [they all cheered and clapped his performance!]

Mine, mine....!

Mine, mine….!

Found Wally

Found Wally

Those who know me well are probably wondering where the birds are! Here are a few lovely birds from today;

Daurian Redstart [female] at the Fujiya Hotel gardens

Daurian Redstart [female] at the Fujiya Hotel gardens

Grey Heron in front of a waterfall at Hakone-yumoto

Grey Heron in front of a waterfall at Hakone-yumoto

Common Kingfisher at Hakone-yumoto

Common Kingfisher at Hakone-yumoto

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5 Responses to The Model Tour

  1. Pamela Joyce says:

    I am so enjoying your blog. So glad to see some of your great bird photos so that I know you are “the same Jenny”! Is Chris enjoying himself?

  2. Jenny says:

    I thought no-one would mind if I posted a few! Chris is enjoying himself; he loved all the cablecars and trains yesterday especially. Today we hurtled through the countryside at about 270 km an hour on the bullet train and he thought that was fun too. He didn’t like the Snow Monkeys much, but he did enjoy the walk through the forest and the delicious lunch.

  3. 4cassandra says:

    Best pic of you and Rod ever !!! I love every photo :)…Japan is on my bucket list now !

    • Jenny says:

      Japan is amazing Cass, you would adore it. I am going to miss the food and the 24 hour convenience shops & trains that come every few minutes!

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