Day 7 : Azabu Juhan, Hakone and Shinjuku

So this is a very backdated post. I realized that I didnt’ finish blogging about our last Japan trip in 2013. I stopped at Day 6. Here’s a post about day 7.

Azabu Juhan, Tokyo

On day 7, we decided to meet my sis and her friend at Azabu Juhan, Tokyo. Azabu Juhan is a district in Minato. It’s a residential area with restaurants, shops and bars. Although it is located in central Tokyo, there is a village feel to it. Roads are narrow,  there are many little interesting establishments which we explored.

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This little boutique has a little corner which sells ice americano and latte. After walking about for an hour or so, hubby and I decided that we wanted to take a day trip to Hakone instead and so we left my sister and her friend and went about getting ourselves to the train station. Getting the JR Pass for our trip was the best thing we did. It was very convenient for us to travel from one city to another.

Hakone

Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park which is situated less then 100 km from Tokyo. We basically spent half a day at Hakone since it was an impromptu thing. But if you have time, I would recommend to stay at Hakone for at least 1 night 2 days.

When we arrived at Hakone-Yumoto, we headed straight to the information counter because we hadn’t a clue on what to do. And as usual, we expect no less from the Japanese. The lady at the counter opened up the tourist map, mapped out what we should do in the limited time we had that day. We were very grateful for her help and efficiency.  We bought the Hakone Freepass and toured Hakone via 5 modes of transportation i.e. Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan cable car, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and Hakone Tozan Bus.

hakone

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Owakudani

Owakudani is the area around a crated created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3000 years ago. Today, the area is an active volcanic zone which emits lots of sulfurous fumes – which is so stinko by the way….

Owakudani

I would recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes because it’s a bit of a walk from the ropeway station to the volcanic zone (about 10-20 minutes walk). It’s definitely not stroller friendly here so if you’ve a baby in tow, I would recommend using a baby carrier. Toddlers and younger kids should be able to walk on their own with a few stops here and there to rest.

Owakudani

One should be able to get a good view of  the peak of Mount Fuji but we didn’t get to see it that day.

Owakudani

We bought eggs which were cooked naturally hot water. The shells were blackened by the sulfur and apparently, eating these eggs will prolong one’s life by 7 years. I think we ate 4 or 5 eggs!

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Cruising on Lake Ashi, Hakone

We went on a cruise on Lake Ashinoko. Laki Ashinoko was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano’s last eruption 3000 years ago.

Cruising on Lake Ashi, Hakone

The view was simply breathtaking!

Cruising on Lake Ashi, Hakone

Hakone

If my memory serves me right, we took the last bus to Odawara station and took the Shinkanzen to Shibuya…also another impromptu destination…..and boy were we glad to have made that decision because Shibuya Crossing is just a sight to behold!

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Shibuya

Shibuya

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and busy districts. Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing.  When the traffic lights at the crossing turn red, thousands of pedestrians cross at the road at the same time from 5 different directions.

We had dinner at a simple Japanese restaurant at Shibuya. I think this is the Japanese version of fast food because we had to buy our meal tickets from a machine.

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Shibuya

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It was a long day but we definitely had enjoyed ourselves!

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