While we spent the night at Yomugo Fujiya by Hakoneyumoto, close to Hakone, but we got kind of a late start for various reasons, and then the train that goes to Hakone was another 1H or so. As a result, we only got to Gora station close to our Super Fancy (and expensive) Ryokan in Hakone. They picked us up on a black mercedes, and dropped us off directly at the open air museum to save us time and took our luggage to the hotel.
We only spent about 1H at the open air museum, and it's worth more time, but I was mostly interested in having a look and keep more time for the Hakone loop and the next train back to Gora to take the connecting cable car and start our loop.
it was a nice breakfast, but it cost us
back across the river flowing from Hakone to get to the HakoneYumoto train station towards Gora
view from the very slow train to Gora
finally made it to open air museum
oops, the chute didn't open :)
inspired from MC Escher?
Time to go to Gora and the cable car up to do our loop. We went to see the sulfur and nauseous gases, including the sulfur pool where they boil eggs that also turn black in the process. We got our black eggs like some good tourists :)
Once we were done with the top, we went down the other side towards Asahi lake, for a cruise across to the town, where we picked up some sake, visited the local sights and walked to the Palace detached garden:
then gondolas up from there
finally got to the top
we got black eggs cooked in the volcano water
and the way back down connecting to the pirate ship
there was a cable car with a view up there, but covered in clouds
Eventually we got to Kuzuryu Shrine before taking a cab back to Gora Kadan to save time and enjoy more time there:
they all have huge containers of sake
Once in Gora Kadan, we did our best to enjoy the great facilities there:
I went to check out the beautiful onsen
this is where you wash yourself before goign in the main bath
Our room was great of course:
very comfortable raised futon. Almost a bed really
our private patio wasn't bad :)
Then came time for a really good dinner:
if relais et chateaux said it's good, it must be :)
After dinner, we got to enjoy our private bath:
And a shot from just as good breakfast the next morning. Jennifer complained that she only had 30mn to enjoy it (we had to get an early train out to get to Tokyo in time to meet our guide that afternoon.
Gora Kadan was definitely a great experience, probably more than Hakone itself, even if its price was a bit up there. Eh, you only live once :)