Originally posted on 20th March 2015
Today we headed off to Hakone, a city in the mountains, where Finn’s favourite anime is set, Evangelion. We travelled on our first Shinkansen…. It was bloody awesome. 283kms an hour, it was hard to get an idea of how fast we were going, until something was really close to the window, and the, whoosh, crazy fast.
It was a pretty cold day today, and very foggy, so sadly our “sightseeing” was a little limited. We travelled by bus to Lake Ashi,by boat across Lake Ashi and then by cable car to Owakudani, an active volcano, where we ate black eggs to prolong our lives. The eggs are boiled in an onsen, from a spring in the volcano. The water is very high in sulphur, causing the shells to turn black. The eggs are delicious and are considered to increase your life by seven years for every egg.
On to another cable car, then a funicular railway, another train and another train, then back onto a Shinkansen, and another train to get home….everyone sleeps on the trains here, so Finn fits right in.