Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Romance Car to Hakone

We went to Hakone last weekend, which was a lot of fun. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is less than 100km from Tokyo. It is situated around lake Ashi and has stunning views of Mount Fuji. We were really excited about seeing Fuji-san "in the flesh".

There is a well used route that most people seem to do when they go there and it involves a series of trains, ropeways and trams to get you around the "circuit". You can get a special pass that lets you use all of these for a discounted price, which was well worth it, and to get to Hakone, most people take the "Romance Car" train from Shinjuku station. I have to say, we were partly expecting to find a bright pink carriage with rosebuds on every seat, but it was just a regular train. It was a comfortable ride and we were well impressed with the seats that went right into the nose of the train so that you felt you were driving. We desperately wanted those seats, but so did hundreds of other people....

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