Autumn Colors of Lake Ashi, Hakone

Hakone sightseeing cruise

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Thetraveljunkie.org – Everyone says it. Hakone is not a city where one can act like a tourist, it is a city that must be experienced for real. The best thing to do is to relax and enjoy its atmosphere. Planning a trip is always a good idea but we recommend that one also improvises when in Hakone.

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Come Experience the Dynamic Volcanoes of Hakone!

Thetraveljunkie.org – In the middle of Hakone’s lush greenery, Owakudani is like an entirely different dimension. The surface of the earth turns white and the wilted woodlands; a desolate landscape spreads before you. But this is just another form that the living earth takes. Let yourself feel the Earth’s breath.

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Roadtripping Through Owakudani Valley

Thetraveljunkie.org – When in Gotemba, we went to our go-to destination is Owakudani (volcanic valley) in Hakone and there is no better time than during Autumn when the air is crisp and the leaves are colorful. Here is a little guide to my absolute favorite places in the Owakudani Valley with ropeway. The trip was a success and I enjoyed it a lot. It was still a nice experience.

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Where Did You Go? Gotemba in Shizuoka!

Thetraveljunkie.org – After such a hectic November we decided that it was time to slow down and recover from all the madness, so when in Gotemba in Shizuoka Prefecture, we spend the weekday in Gotemba Kogen Resort and we did not think about it twice. With the Mt. Fuji as a backdrop, we were able to relax surrounded by peace and nature. We ‘onsen’ed in thermal waters, enjoyed some of Japan’s most amazing views and attended an early Christmas party.

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Enjoy Autumn Leaves at Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji

Thetraveljunkie.org – Hello from Japan! We made a promise during our last road trip around Nagano: to repeat the experience in Tohoku. That is why a few days ago we packed our rucksacks and set off to spend a great days. We visited places that none of us had previously visited to see amazing things. The plan was that there was no plan, we just wanted to enjoy nature and our friends. Now the plan is to do the same thing again as soon as possible.

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Sengataki Waterfall in Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – We are in Shosenkyo yet again but this time we will be walking on a cold day. We are looking forward to a fun of day, but before cracking on we decided to charge our batteries at Sengataki waterfall (30m), was formed by upheaval of the earth. We also chilled among the temple and restaurants. Stay tuned, plenty more to come very soon!

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Museum of Shadowgraph in Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – We arrived in Shosenkyo to Museum of Shadowgraph on a very special. We are so happy and drying to tell you all about it.. In the meantime, here are some photos of the museum. We cannot stop falling in love with Shosenkyo, we enjoy its bridges, panorama-dai and museum, coffee shop terraces and it’s magical light.

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Japanese Lunch at Houtou Kaikan, Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – To grab a bite with friends, and as per someone’s recommendation, we headed to Houtou Kaikan in Shosenkyo. The hoto is delicious and the decor so gorgeous that it’s practically impossible not to into the best Japanese cuisine. The Houtou Kaikan offers a variety of seasonal dishes featuring the local specialty hoto noodles, the delicious embodiment of the local culture of the Kai region and the perfect culinary companion to the scenic beauty of Shosen Gorge.

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Autumn In Shosenkyo, Japan

Thetraveljunkie.org – As soon as we got to Karuizawa we left our cases and went to Shosenkyo, where about 3 hours later, we came across one of the most beautiful places that we’ve ever seen, Shosenkyo Gorge outside central Kofu City, one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges. It is part of the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, which covers more than 1250 square kilometers of forested mountains, valleys and some rural towns in the prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo.

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