After spending a few days in Tokyo, we decided to leave the city and see the rural parts of Japan. Originally we had planned to visit the Fuji Five Lakes, but we couldn’t make the trip because all the buses were full due to it being a public holiday. We changed plans last minute to go to Hakone by train instead. I’m the type of guy who usually has a strict travel plan, but for this excursion it was refreshing to wander off into somewhere that I had done little research on.
Our train ticket included a ride on the ferry that crosses Lake Ashinoko. Mount Fuji is supposed to be visible from this lake on a clear day, but unfortunately we weren’t so lucky. Being surrounded by nature made me feel at peace and reminiscent of my days in Canada.
My favourite part of Hakone was the Hakone Jinja Shrine. While I found the shrines in Tokyo to be too crowded and touristy, the shrine here was much more traditional and quaint. I also love how it is buried deep within the woods and takes a short hike to reach.
Photos by Edmond Lam