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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 9324 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #330 on: June 08, 2019, 09:04:21 AM »
I knew that  :P

I couldn't be bothered to go back and change it  ;)
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #331 on: June 08, 2019, 01:11:34 PM »
Lots of Canons on view there, George. ;)
I hope you got treble stamps on the 4 galleons :-X

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #332 on: June 08, 2019, 03:48:57 PM »
Overcast or not, looks like a great day out to me!

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You can't beat a nice drop of Southern.




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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #333 on: June 08, 2019, 04:01:28 PM »
This is actually part of a very popular circular tourist route around the mountains, doable as a day trip from Tokyo.

The station mentioned above (Hakone Yumoto) is also the terminus of the Hakone Tozan railway, which is a picturesque little line which climbs further into the mountains via many switchbacks. At the terminus, Gora, there's a funicular which leads to a cable car which takes you over the volcanically active "Owakudani" (literally "Great Boiling Valley"), which smells of rotten eggs, at the top of which you change to another cable car which takes you down to the lake with the galleons, at the other end of which buses will take you back to Hakone Yumoto, or all the way to Odawara.

However, as the whole area is basically the caldera of a dormant volcano, it is prone to closure every now and then due to things bubbling up from below (magma, poisonous gases etc.). This mainly affects the cable car section.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #334 on: June 08, 2019, 11:19:12 PM »
Cool! If I'd known that, I'd have investigated the full round trip, although the stuff might have been bubbling that day as the cablecar wasn't going.

The smell wouldn't have bothered me. One of my favourite places in New Zealand, Rotorua, smells like that most of the time.

As it was, it was still a good day out.
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« Reply #335 on: June 09, 2019, 04:49:49 AM »
....the following episode is especially for NewportNobby and all the gardeners out there (that doesn't include me - my surname might be Green, but green-fingered I most definitely ain't)....

Our ryokan hotel backed out onto it's own private garden, for the pleasure of it's guests. A path leads away from the door.....



....and off to mysterious places.....



....and off to mysterious places..... anyone who ever played the hit computer game of the nineties, Myst and it's sequels could identify with this. No maps, just exploring this quiet surreal landscape with only the sound of waterfalls - very much like the games.





Very peaceful. we spent a good hour here.





....they certainly like their fish big!



Even Mrs B was inspired to take pictures....



....I was inspired to sit down with me sore ankle  :D



For those of you who followed along with my morbid obsession about the state of my local bus stop a while back, it was good to find a bus stop.... mind you, I think you'd be waiting a while for a bus here!





On through the landscape....



...every turn bringing something new:





...until a bridge leads back to the hotel.



.../continued



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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #336 on: June 09, 2019, 05:39:54 AM »
love the gardens George, I wish I was greenfingered some times then I retire to the garage and play trains, when I finish I have forgotten about the gardening.

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« Reply #337 on: June 09, 2019, 05:49:52 AM »
looks well kept and maintained

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« Reply #338 on: June 09, 2019, 06:11:35 AM »
They most definitely are, but the prices charged by the hotel will more than cover the cost!
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« Reply #339 on: June 09, 2019, 10:26:06 AM »
Wonderful garden, George, although I prefer the more minimalist ones with fewer trees, more stones and raked sand. That sort of thing.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #340 on: June 09, 2019, 10:37:32 AM »
Wonderful garden, George, although I prefer the more minimalist ones with fewer trees, more stones and raked sand. That sort of thing.

So do cats ;)
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« Reply #341 on: June 09, 2019, 10:48:35 AM »
Wonderful garden, George, although I prefer the more minimalist ones with fewer trees, more stones and raked sand. That sort of thing.

So do cats ;)

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I can just imagine my cat, Hookey, doing snow angels in the sand ;D

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #342 on: June 09, 2019, 10:49:40 AM »
Sorta like western English beaches and their hinterland  :P
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #343 on: June 10, 2019, 10:16:16 PM »
Great Photos Bealman san! I am wondering where off to next? Magnificent Kyoto? Via very high speed bullet train?

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #344 on: June 11, 2019, 12:42:51 AM »
Great Photos Bealman san! I am wondering where off to next? Magnificent Kyoto? Via very high speed bullet train?

Kyoto is a few pages back.
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