Hakone Trip Day 1
Shinjuku Station is where my friend and I began our travels toward the Setsugetsuka Hotel in Hakone. The Odakyu Department store in Shinjuku is worth the experience through the populated areas to get your hold on Ekiben or railway boxed meals.
I ate my fulfilling meals from bentos on the Romancecar, which is Odakyu's train service with limited stops connecting Shinjuku Station with popular tourist areas like Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura.
*Note that, in the Romance car, seating for passengers must be reserved.
Hotel Details and Pictures:
The room offered a vibrant green scenery of vegetation from its patio. The geta (traditional Japanese flip-flops) and cozy to wear clothing, samue (worn by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks are also worn casually as clothing) were provided in the room along with free wifi, a flat screen television, hair dryer, air conditioning, etc. If the footwear/clothing size(s) do not match or one wishes to wear another type of garment, like the Yukata (which is a causal version of the summer kimono), one may visit the lobby area to acquire them. Yukatas offered by the hotel come in a variety of different colors and sizes.
The dinner time is predetermined at either 17:30 or 20:00. Customers have the choice of choosing a time they wish to meal upon registration. *Note that dinner would not be prepared after 20:00.
Dinner came with 2 options, the Kaiseki, an artistically prepared Japanese multi-course meal, or the shabu shabu, a Japanese style hotpot with boiled vegetables and thinly sliced meat one would dip to boil quickly and then eat with a preference of ponzu sauce, a citrus based soy-sauce, or sesame sauce.
Both meals were visually complex in design and presentation with several courses containing more seafood than meat.
The two courses were heavy in terms of quantity, and qualified by my standards of being breath taking quality cuisines.
Complimentary coffee, ramen noodles and dessert times:
Setsugetsuka Hotel provides free coffee from 6:00-24:00, dessert from 17:30-18:30 and ramen noodles from 22:30-24:00.
A photo from the restaurant menu in Japanese shown here.
I checked in at the hotel at 15:00 and then checked out the next morning at 11:00.
*Note that the Hakone railway would be closed during 2017 from January 10th (on Tuesday) through April 14th due to improvement in construction etc.
For information on Hakone Ropeway Service one may visit their website by clicking here.
Togendai Station is reached in order for people to behold the lake Ashi as well as its volcanic fumes from Owakudani's volcano and on clear and sunny days, the grand beauty of Mount Fuji may be witnessed.
Owakudani area is where a volcanic eruption by Mount Hakone from 3000 years ago created a crater. Today there is volcanic activity in the area of Odawakuni Valley where hot spring and fumes may experienced. Delicate individuals who possess asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, people using heart pacemaker and pregnant women should avoid this area for its high volcanic activity.
Website information/map of Hakone & Owakudani by clicking here.
For information on Routes, Ports & Docks regarding the touring ships at lake Ashi visit this site here.
Lastly, my partner and I found our way back to the Moto-Hakone port and secured our boarding onto the Hakone-Tozan bus to the Hakone-Yamato Station which was roughly 40 minutes of travel time. Then we took the Romancecar back to Shinjuku Station.
The Hakone trip was high quality as I was able to enjoy Hakone's soothing hot springs, sensual & exotic nourishment to its calming nature from flourishing greenness.
Website link on how to purchase and get to Hakone from Shinjuku:
Website link regarding the Setsugetsuka Hotel: