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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #315 on: June 07, 2019, 01:04:30 AM »
Thanks! Yes, that's Hakone in the pictures.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #316 on: June 07, 2019, 02:43:41 AM »
Did you make it further up into the mountains?
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #317 on: June 07, 2019, 03:06:24 AM »
Unfortunately no, Ian, though we did have a bus trip through some pretty rugged country to Hakonemachi-ko (?) for a cruise on Lake Ashi - coming up in a future installment!
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #318 on: June 07, 2019, 05:01:32 AM »
.....that evening we went for a wander to find something to eat....



....and while being a very picturesque place.....



.....finding a bar or eatery was almost impossible! In fact I don't remember eating anything that night, or if I did, it was probably stuff from the 7/11, which thankfully the town did have in it's main street. So we wandered on....



....mostly along back streets, eventually ending up back at the station.



There was a train sitting there....



I'll leave it to railsquid to identify it, but it seemed like a pullman type train with all the luxury bells and whistles. I have a theory about this town. I think it seems to be a weekend train destination for well-off Tokyoites who come on the complete package - posh train, meals on board, weekend in a nice place, etc. I may be wrong, but that's the feeling I got.

I know that the place we stayed at wasn't cheap - and you got to sleep on the bloody floor! It had it's own extensive gardens for the use of hotel guests, and they were gorgeous. I'll post some pics especially for NewportNobby in a future episode.







....they're keen on big goldfish in this country!



Just walking the corridors to your room was a pleasure with views like this:





Anyway, after what was probably the most uncomfortable night's sleep Bealman had ever had in his life (perhaps not.... a night in the back of a mini van in his college days probably holds number one position), morning dawned, and we had a cruise lined up....





So bad backs and all, we headed off from our hotel.... cruise time!!





...continued

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #319 on: June 07, 2019, 05:30:38 AM »
thanks for sharing

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #320 on: June 07, 2019, 05:34:11 AM »

.....finding a bar or eatery was almost impossible! In fact I don't remember eating anything that night, or if I did, it was probably stuff from the 7/11, which thankfully the town did have in it's main street. So we wandered on....

With these kinds of hotels, meals are usually part of the package (and part of the attraction for many people). Though it will be very Japanese-style food. I'm half-wondering if the hotel was left puzzled by the foreigners who never came to eat it...




....mostly along back streets, eventually ending up back at the station.



There was a train sitting there....



I'll leave it to railsquid to identify it, but it seemed like a pullman type train with all the luxury bells and whistles.

It's another one of Odakyu's "Romance Car" trains, this time a 30000 series EXE, which is widely regarded as the dullest, boringest train Odakyu have produced to date. Just a bog standard limited express really. It is of course what came along the only time I ever took a ride down to Hakone...

I have a theory about this town. I think it seems to be a weekend train destination for well-off Tokyoites who come on the complete package - posh train, meals on board, weekend in a nice place, etc. I may be wrong, but that's the feeling I got.

Your feeling is generally correct. Where you were was "Hakone-Yumoto", which is the gateway to the whole resort area, though it is accessible for we normal folks too.

Historical note: in the post-war area, access to this area was the focus of heated battles between a couple of different railway companies, and if you travel about there you start to notice many of the "attractions" (hotels, cable cars, parks, tour buses) etc. are still divided into almost "opposing factions", if you will.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #321 on: June 07, 2019, 06:59:12 AM »
Interesting! We actually ended up eating in the hotel on our second night, but paid for it.

Wouldn't like to think we were ripped off!!

Bit late to worry about it now like.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #322 on: June 07, 2019, 08:39:37 AM »
Beautiful garden photos! Looking forward to more instalments...

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #323 on: June 07, 2019, 08:43:43 AM »
Thanks! The garden in the ryokan was very impressive. A pleasure to walk around in it.  :beers:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #324 on: June 07, 2019, 10:08:30 AM »
Thanks for the pics, George, and I too look forward to seeing more.

I'm half-wondering if the hotel was left puzzled by the foreigners who never came to eat it...


They cater for unfortunate folks who suffer from Pica??

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #325 on: June 07, 2019, 10:21:40 AM »
Having been treated to a beautiful banquet by Bealette's lovely student, I'm pretty OK with most Japanese stuff, but chewing on the soil was hard work.

The ice cubes as well, actually  :D
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #326 on: June 07, 2019, 08:39:46 PM »
 :hellosign: Thanks for posting George, looking forward to more
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #327 on: June 08, 2019, 05:41:49 AM »
....after a winding bus trip through some nice scenery, we were deposited at a small settlement on the edge of Lake Ashi.





Here we bought tickets for a return trip up the lake and back. Bealman hoped that these weren't the boats!!



The cruise company operates three galleon-like boats:



Ours turned out to be a Japanese version of Nelson's flagship, the Victory!



I've actually been on the real one in Portsmouth. There's a brass plaque on the deck that says "Nelson fell here". I'm not surprised.... I tripped over the bloody thing myself!  ;D



Once again, we opted for first class - it's more than worth the extra few dollars.



You even get your own section of deck, fenced off from the masses!



If the brochure is to be believed, on a clear day, you get fine views of Mount Fuji from the boat, but of course, this particular day was very overcast:





We did get to see plenty of those gate thingies though, which were along the shoreline:



We called in at another place around the bay, Motohakone-ko, where more passengers embarked:



From there, it was a leisurely cruise to the far end of the lake at a place called Tongendai-ko.



Here, our Victory berthed up alongside a green sister ship, presumably the Lion, going by the figurehead on the bow....



Here are the two boats:



From here a cable railway apparently takes you close to Mount Fuji, but of course it wasn't working this day....



....so a bit of exploring on foot was in order, helped by a map with some interesting places marked on it:



Not sure what this is about.....



....and definitely haven't a clue about this one!



Mrs Bealman went off looking for them.....



But Bealman, citing his dodgy ankle, stayed and admired the view. Really a shame it was overcast.



When we returned to the dock, we found that the green ship had turned red!



No idea what this one was called. It had some Trojan dude on the front of it....



Anyway, a couple of fine beers were enjoyed on the return trip....



....before arriving back after a very pleasant day out.



..../continued
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #328 on: June 08, 2019, 05:56:41 AM »
Sounds lhke this was fun. Bit like a japanese cruise round the lake district.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #329 on: June 08, 2019, 08:32:24 AM »

From there, it was a leisurely cruise to the far end of the lake at a place called Tongendai-ko.



Mrs. Railsquid and I dined once at the restaurant in the above building. The view was better than the food.


Ours turned out to be a Japanese version of Nelson's flagship, the Victory!



I've actually been on the real one in Plymouth. There's a brass plaque on the deck that says "Nelson fell here". I'm not surprised.... I tripped over the bloody thing myself!  ;D


My inner pedant begs leave to inform that it wasn't Plymouth where you tripped over that.

Talking of famous flagships, not too far away from there down on the coast at Yokosuka (the Japanese Portsmouth) you can visit the Battleship Mikasa, flagship at the Battle of Tsushima in the Russian-Japanese war of 1906-ish, which markets itself as the Japanese version of HMS Victory. And when you board you can see the maker's plate which tells you where it was built (Barrow-in-Furness).
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