05.15.2005 (Sunday), 11:49 PM

Hakone (Day 4)

...soak...

Out the door at 5:45a to get to Futagotamagawa to meet Soma-san and his wife Kazumi. She had a whole day planned around going to Hakone and Mt. Fuji, visiting onsens and other interesting places.

Although I have only been to a few, the onsen experience is one that just cannot be duplciated in the US. Like lots of things that are only good in Japan, there's not matching the experience of soaking for an hour or so in some decently hot and very clean water. We ended up going to one onsen in the morning in Hakone Yumoto and one in the afternoon at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji is stunningly beautiful and much taller that I had imagined. I had never been that close to it until now and was truly awed by the experience.

Posted by wjc