One night in Hakone – Aura Tachibana

We left Kyoto early the next morning and took the bullet train to Hakone, passing by Mount Fuji (again, on a clear day so our luck was in!)

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We had booked ourselves a mountain view ryokan at the Aura Tachibana as a treat before heading home the next day. We had a private onsen and it was just wonderful. We had a traditional Japanese room with tatami mats.

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There is opportunity to book the rooftop onsen which we did, and the view over the mountains was just spectacular.

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We tried all sorts of weird and wonderful food at night in the restaurant whilst being served a kaiseki multi course meal. We relaxed and took in all our memories of the last few weeks.

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The next morning we woke to the beautiful view of the mountains and a breakfast like no other. Though I couldn’t quite manage everything on offer at 8’o’clock in the morning, it was a wonderful experience.

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We then caught the bullet train back to Tokyo, and from there to the airport to finally landing back in London. It was a culture shock to arrive back in the UK after immersing ourselves in the beautiful culture of Japanese life. We will definitely be back to explore further – Japan definitely holds a special place in our hearts and we are already saving our pennies to return!

 

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