31 December 2013

Hakone Getaway // Part II

Last post in 2013. I'm trying to type everything fast because 2014 is drawing near (in this hemisphere) and all I want is to make this post finish, just exactly before the end of the year. Haha it's fun how I have to race with seconds and minutes just to make everything punctual and momentous. 

How I spend my new year eve ? I'll tell you later. It was all fun and fun. Laughter was all in the air of hope and I still can't help myself dreaming about what I wanna do next year, and even for the next next year. As I promise you (and a promise to myself), I need to accomplish my Hakone Getaway posts, so here I bring you the rest of the journey. Fresh air, beautiful sunset, great friends and an endless smiles attached on everybody's face. I couldn't ask for a better journey, I suppose.

Lake Ashinoko with The Victory

Lying in the caldera of Mount Hakone, Lake Ashinoko is said to be formed over 200,000 years ago due to a volcanic eruption. The 8km stretched lake is regarded as one of the most beautiful lake in the world. Oh I have no doubt about it. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides that you can see and even we can see the magnificent Mount Fuji as well if the weather allow. But unfortunately, it was quite hazy that time so sadly I couldn't snap Fuji-san. But don't worry, even so we still managed to enjoy the other breathtaking views that surround the lake. It was a 30 minutes cruise with The Victory and I still remember how excited I was, seeing my ship was coming near ! :)




The gate of Hakone Shrine 









Palace garden






 The Royal Ship

Oh, and I wanna say sorry because I made a mistake in the previous post. I said that the green ship was the Victory, but I was wrong because the Victory is the one that I went up and it was blue-black. So the green one is not the Victory, yet the Vasa. ;)

Enjoying Sunset View in Rope-way Car

Thing that I love from this tour is that, we could freely changed from one transportation to another just by showing our Hakone Freepass. We boarded the vessel from Motohakone Pier to Togendai rope-way station. The rope-way experience was as fun as the lake trip ! of course with a different sensation. I think it was the biggest rope-way car that I ever went on. It could carry about 15 people. 

The gorgeous view of Mount Fuji and smoky Owakudani Valley seen from above couldn't be expressed by words. Also, that warmth feeling as the sun went down. Ah, what a perfect hour to say goodbye to Hakone. I hope my photographs can show you my excitement towards the views.












Hey, 2014 in 30 minutes by now (just right when I'm typing this) lol. Have you listed new year resolutions? I already listed some in my heart and will soon write it down on a piece of paper and gonna stick it somewhere only I know mehehe. Oh, how I am so ready for new year. 

Last but not least, I'm wishing you all a great year ahead, may success be upon us ! ;)
Till the next posts. Pssst.. I'm going to see the first sunrise in 2014 tomorrow and I just can't wait to share the pics to you ! :D

xx,


Shabrina.

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