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Hakone - The ideal destination for a cold autumn

The beauty of Hakone town does not only lie in the boundless water but also in the grand valleys and plateaus.

Linh Linh

Linh Linh

Published on 02 Dec 2021, 12:00

Continuing from part 1, I will take you on the exploration of Hakone's beauty from up on the Owakudani Valley and Sengokuhara Plateau.

Eat black egg at Owakudani Valley

Owakudani used to be known for names such as "The Hell Valley", "The Boiling Valley" - weird names that brought fear but somehow intrigued the curiosity hidden deep inside me. This place was a volcano always filled with white smoke and steam as if it was waiting to be active again.

Panoramic view of the valley, if you looked carefully, you could see the white smoke billowing up
Panoramic view of the valley, if you looked carefully, you could see the white smoke billowing up

I rode in my own car from Hakone - Yumoto stop and got to the valley early in the afternoon. Hunger and curiosity somewhat urged me to try the famous specialty here - black eggs Kuro-Tamago.

Kuro Tamago was eggs that we usually ate, but special lay in how they were made. Eggs were boiled in natural hot-water lakes filled with Sulphur, and this chemical made their natural color and taste different.

It was said that each egg could add 7 years of longevity. That was why it had another name, called
It was said that each egg could add 7 years of longevity. That was why it had another name, called "long-lived egg"
Those black eggs looked like stones - I thought, so when I first held this Hakone specialty in my hand and wondered what it would taste like.

Removing the weird black shell, I saw the inside was no different from other regular chicken eggs, though it seemed that black eggs were softer and had a richer taste, unlike the dry taste of white eggs.

My family bought a bag of 5 eggs for 500 yen and found a pretty nice place to enjoy this interesting treat. Generally speaking, black eggs were quite good. If you come here, you should try this.

The valley's beauty was also an attraction for tourists. The foggy and mysterious, blended-with-sunshine scenery made me feel as if I was lost in an on-the-ground fairy tale. Walking around and taking some photos was what I would do right after enjoying the unique cuisine here.

From here, I could view entirely the majestic beauty of Owakudani.
From here, I could view entirely the majestic beauty of Owakudani.
At first, I wasn't feeling good because the smell of sulfur was very strong, making my nose stingy. That was why you should not breathe too deep when going around the valley, as this annoying smell might make you feel a bit of a headache.
 Took some pictures with the giant black egg at the square to give another tick in my travel journal. (My aunt in the picture)
Took some pictures with the giant black egg at the square to give another tick in my travel journal. (My aunt in the picture)

As most of Hakone's tourist spots were outdoor, so you should check the weather beforehand.

Visit Sengokuhara reeds meadow

Sengokuhara reeds meadow was another place that "virtual-life" lovers would definitely couldn't ignore. Only a 15-minute ride from the valley and I could already see the vast Kanagawa's renowned meadow.

As I went there in December, the parking lot was completely free. It was also the best time to enjoy the reeds because then the color of the meadow turned from natural green to poetic yellowish brown.

The sparkling beauty of Sengokuhara under the afternoon sun
The sparkling beauty of Sengokuhara under the afternoon sun
I couldn't wait any longer. Right away, I picked up my beloved camera and captured that breathtaking beauty.
The peaceful and serene reeds meadow.
The peaceful and serene reeds meadow.

The reeds meadow was the highlight of the gorgeous autumn in Hakone.
The reeds meadow was the highlight of the gorgeous autumn in Hakone.

The trail through this dreamy meadow would lead you to the observation deck up high - where you could enjoy the beauty of Sengokuhara panoramically.

Hakone was surely breathtakingly beautiful, wasn't it?

Though my journey to explore Hakone only lasted 1 day, it would definitely be an unforgettable memory. There were quite a few places in Hakone that I hadn't visited, and I might leave that for the earliest return in 2021.

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Linh Linh

Linh Linh

Super humorous and active person, I myself am interested in writing and sharing my experience in Japan. Hope to find someone to travel with 🗻🗻🗻

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