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Monday, August 22, 2011

Japan: Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Boat in Lake Ashi)

Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.

Togendai, the terminal for the Hakone Ropeway, is also the gateway to Lake Ashi, symbol of Hakone. The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise links Togendai with Motohakone-ko and Hakone-machi. In fine weather, when at board on the sightseeing cruise can get a fine view of Japan’s most famous peak, Mount Fuji, and enjoy Hakone’s rich scenery reflected on the lake’s calm surface. Using the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, passengers can travel to art museums, hot springs (onsen), historic sites and other attractions along the lake shore and enjoy nature in Hakone.

Lake Ashi, or Hakone Lake, Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji and its numerous hot springs. Several pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. One of the boats is a full-scale replica of a man-of-war pirate ship.

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