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    Users Assigned: Kazmi   Shimizu77  

    Hakone is a resort area, just 90 minutes by train from the city, in a national park southeast of Mount. Fuji that is extremely popular with weekend trippers from Tokyo.

    This area makes also make a pleasant day trip, but to enjoy more of the countryside, you should stay overnight and continue further down the Izu Peninsula the next day if possible.

    Located in the far western section of the Kanagaaw Prefecture on the eastern side of Hakone Pass sits Hakone. To this day it is counted as one of the first tourist destinations in Japan, and between the epic views of Mount Fuji in the distance across the crystal waters of the Ashi Lake, the Hakone Gongen Shinto shrine, and the various hot springs and the beauty of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park or the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, it becomes immediately obvious why this place has been so popular over the years with both domestic and foreign travelers. Between the history and the natural beauty there is no better place to spend a relaxing few days. 

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    Even if you have a Japan Rail pass, I suggest, that you invest in the all inclusive “Hakone Free Pass” offered by the Odakyu Railway.

    This entitles you to a roundtrip train ticket from Shinjuku to Gora, connecting with the funicular railway up into the mountains to a cable car. You then swing across the volcanic Owakudani valley and down the other side for a boat cruise across Lake Ashi to Hakonemachi.

    From there you can take a bus (still on the same pass) along the Sumiko River to Odawara, and then back by train to Tokyo.

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    In the Tokugawa period Hakone-machi was an important town on the Tokaido, the only highway through this mountainous area between the imperial court in Kyoto and the shogunal capital in Edo.

    The shogunate, always suspicious of people on the move, maintained a system of garrisons along the road and no one went through without an official pass.

    The checkpoint here, called Hakone Sekisho is an exact replica of the original, with a small museum of period costumes and weapons. The surrounding area is well known for its inns and thermal baths and for its Hanone-zaiku woodcrafts with inlaid mosaic and marquetry.
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    Among the many attractions of this excursion is the Hakone Open Air Museum (Chokoku no mori, or “Forest of Sculptures) at Miyanoshita.

    Established in 1969, the museum rejoices in a wonderfully designed and landscaped mountain setting.

    Here the works of such Western sculptors as Moore, Arp, Calder, and Giacometti share the garden space with those of Shimizu Takashi, Takamura Kotaro, and other Japanese artists. The exhibits are chosen for their resistance to the elements, and the museum is as lovely in winter as it is in summer.

    The Meijiera resort town of Miyansoshita is also known as the home of the Fujiya Hotel, Japan’s oldest European style accommodation , Stop here for morning coffee or afternoon tea in the wood-panelled Orchid Room which looks over the hotel’s fine Japanese garden.

    Visitors stop here on the way to the little town of Gora, to catch the cable car to Sozan and from there the gondola ride up into the mountains and across the smoking, sulfurous Owakudani valley.

    There’s a stop en route where you can visit the Owakudani Natural Science Museum, which has some uninspiring audio-visual presentations of volcanic eruptions.

    Down in the basement is a display of seismographs busily recording the movement of the vast tectonic plates deep below.
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    • Odawara Castle
      4.71 Km from Hakone
      Odawara Castle (小田原城, Odawara-jō) is a landmark in the city of Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
    • Shizuoka Sengen Shrine
      21.04 Km from Hakone
      Shizuoka Sengen Jinja (静岡浅間神社) is the name for a collective group of three Shinto shrines now forming a single religious corporation, located at Mount Shizuhata in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. These shrines are the Kambe Jinja (神部神社), Sengen Jinja (浅間神社), and Ohtoshimioya Jinja (大歳御祖神社). The main festival of the shrine is held annually on April 5.
    • Mishima Taisha
      21.04 Km from Hakone
      The Mishima Taisha (三嶋大社) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is the ichinomiya of former Izu Province. The main festival of the shrine is held annually on August 16, and features yabusame performances.
    • Fuji Speedway
      22.53 Km from Hakone
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    • Christ Church, Yokohama
      38.16 Km from Hakone
      Christ Church, Yokohama (横浜山手聖公会 Yokohama Yamate Seikokai) is a historic Anglican church located in Yamate, Yokohama, Japan. Providing a center of worship for both Japanese and English language based congregations the church traces its foundation to 1863, shortly after the formal opening of the treaty port of Yokohama. The church building has been rebuilt and refurbished on several occasions as a result of fires, earthquakes and the incendiary bombing experienced during the later stages of the S...
    • SCMaglev
      42.08 Km from Hakone
      The SCMaglev (superconducting maglev) (formerly called the MLU) is a magnetic levitation (maglev) railway system based on the principle of magnetic repulsion between the track and the cars. The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and the company's Railway Technical Research Institute developed the system. On 21 April 2015, a manned seven-car L0 series SCMaglev train reached a speed of 603 km/h (375 mph), less than a week after the same train clocked 590 km/h (370 mph), breaking the previo...

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    • Mount Fuji

      Most of the world's national symbols—the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Great Wall—are man-made.

      Japan's is a phenomenon of nature. And yet, in its almost perfect symmetry the cone of Mt. Fuji which is snowcapped even in the summer, is so strikingly formed that it may seem more like the work of an infinitely patient landscape artist rather than a volcanic accident.

      The solitary majestic peak rises 3.776 m (12.385 ft) into the heavens. It is, in a word, simply beautiful.  On a clear day you may see her splendidly rise, on your decent if you land at Narita.  There are no other mountains around it.

      Here, more than in any temple garden or ancient castle-ground you will understand why the Japanese prefer to blur the distinction between nature and art.

      Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0112, Japan
    • Kamakura

      Japan’s austere, ruthless, but statesmanlike new ruler, Yoritomo Minamoto set up his government in Kamakura well away from the “softening” influence of court life that had been the undoing of his predecessor, Kiyomori, First of the national rulers to take the title of sei=I tai-shogun (“barbarian-sub-during great general”), Minamoto expanded and consolidated his power by confiscating lands form some of the defeated Taira and redistributing them to his samurai vassals.

      Minamoto died in 1199, and the feudal structure passed intact to the tutelage of his widow’s family, the Hojo, who were content to paly regent to a figurehead shogun, in much the same way as the Fujiwara had done with the emperor. The fiction of Japanese imperial power had become infinitely extendable, the emperor at Kyto- still seconded by a Fujiwara regent at court—legitimized a minamoto who was himself a military dictator controlled by a Hojo regent. In a country where form and substance were inextricably interrelated, two things counted in politics: symbolic authority and real power. Neither could exist without the other.

      A thwarted Mongol invasion in 1274 weakened the Kamakura regime. The fighting brought none of the usual spoils of war that provincial warlords and samurai had come to expect as payment. And the treasury was empty after earthquake, famine and plague had crippled the economy. Buddhist monasteries were using their private armies to support imperial ambitions to bring power back to Kyoto. Worst of all the Kamakura warriors resenting the way the Kyoto court referred to them as “Eastern barbarians,” sought refinement in a ruinous taste for luxury: extravagant feasts, rice costumes, and opulent homes. Kamakura was falling apart.

      Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    • Tokeiji
      Known as the “Divorce Temple,” which was unique as a sanctuary for the women of the warrior caste seeking an escape from unhappy marriages. If the victim managed to make her way here and stay for three years as a nun, she could obtain a decree of divorce from the shogunate and go free.

      The homotsukan (treasure house) of Tokeiji has a collection of Kamakura-period paintings, sculpture, and calligraphy, some of which are registered as Important Cultural Objects. Also on the ground is the Matsugaoka Bunko, a research library established in memory of D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966), who pioneered the study of Zen Buddhism in the West.
      Tokeiji 1367 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken 247-0062, Japan
    • Engakuji
      Engakuji, founded in 1282, became the second most important in the group of monasteries called the Gozan (“Five Mountains”) a hierarchy established in the 14teh century for the Zen temples under the official patronage of the shogunate.

      Engakuji is Kamakura’s largest temple complex; often wracked by fire and earthquake, 17 of the original 46 building have survived.

      Two of these are registered as National Treasures: the shariden (hall of holy relics) built in 1282 and the huge belfry on the hill above.

      The bell 2.5 m (8-ft) tall, was cast in 1301. The belfry on the hill above. The principle building open to the public at Engakuji is the butsunishi-an ceremonial hall, where visitors can take part in a tea ceremony.
      Engakuji 409 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-0247, Japan
    • Izu Peninsula
      The Izu Peninsula is blessed with a sunny climate, fine beaches picturesque little fishing ports, and perhaps more to the point -some of the country’s best hot spring resorts.
      Izu Peninsula, Yugashima, Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-3206, Japan

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    Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
    Jan 5.1 73.5 41.2 28.9
    Feb 5.4 104.5 41.7 41.1
    Mar 8.1 157.7 46.6 62.1
    Apr 13.7 191.5 56.7 75.4
    May 17.8 186.4 64 73.4
    Jun 21.5 247.4 70.7 97.4
    Jul 25.9 229.2 78.6 90.2
    Aug 26.8 302.8 80.2 119.2
    Sep 23.5 316.5 74.3 124.6
    Oct 17.8 245.7 64 96.7
    Nov 12.8 120.2 55 47.3
    Dec 7.9 85.7 46.2 33.7

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