The Takayama Autumn Festival Tour – Small Group Tour of Japan – Day 3

Due to the volcanic activity up at Owakudani we couldn’t take the cable cars up there as we usually would do on the tour and instead hopped on the bus to Lake Ashi to catch the pirate ship to cross it. The leaves on the trees surrounding the lake were just starting their autumn transition and shimmering in the sun. After running through the history of Japan, we went to see the sekisho checkpoint and museum. We also watched a demonstration on the making of the Hakone secret boxes. The skies were perfectly clear and we had wonderful views of Mt.Fuji along our route.

We walked along the peaceful cedar avenue and then along the old cobbled Tokaido Highway. Although we give a bus option for the next leg of the day to avoid the old cobbled walk through the forest, all members of the group managed the whole way without any difficulty and we all really enjoyed the ambiance and history ties up with it.

From Hakone-Yumoto we took the famous switch-back train back up the hill to the hotel for more hot spring soaking and dinner. A good day indeed.

The Takayama Tour

Onsen, a good way to start the day, and to finish it too

Onsen, a good way to start the day, and to finish it too

Pirate Ships, Lake Ashi

Pirate Ships, Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

the making of secret boxes

the making of secret boxes

Sekisho, checkpoint

Sekisho, checkpoint

Lake Ashi, Mt.Fuji

Lake Ashi, Mt.Fuji

Cedar Avenue

Cedar Avenue

Lake Ashi, Mt.Fuji

Lake Ashi, Mt.Fuji

the cobbled highway

the cobbled highway

Walking along the cobbled highway

Walking along the cobbled highway

Switch-back train, behind driver

Switch-back train, behind driver

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