The Lake Ashi Tour was nice, in part, because I just like riding boats. There’s something so calming about that semi-melodic sound of water in motion. Couple this calming effect with nice weather and beautiful scenery and you have yourself a winner! I enjoyed getting a sense of everything around me using different means: walking and hiking on foot, taking the Hakone Ropeway to get the elevated view, and using a ship to get a perspective from the water.
The boats that were used for the tour were undoubtedly based on a pirate theme, which cheapened the experience a little, at least for me anyway. If you’re into pirates, though, this is for you. Nevertheless, the boats were pretty cool looking, complete with masts, foremasts, bowsprits, and all of the other pirate croppings. In addition to the boats being quite easy on the eyes, they were big enough to hold large groups of people without making things feel too terribly crowded, and big enough for a stable, steady boat-ride.
I have to admit that being on the upper deck with the wind blowing through your hair…or head in my case, kind of makes you feel Jack-Sparrow-ish. YARRR!
In the cabin,there were refreshments that I didn’t really go and look at because it wasn’t that long of a ride. There was also this dude dressed up as a pirate who would take a picture with you, print it off on a nearby computer, put it into a board-frame and try to sell it to you for 1000 yen (you can see him the video above).
I can’t say that is was the best part of my Hakone trip because, in the end, it just felt like a boat ride. I can’t really say that there was anything super memorable that juts out in my mind from the tour. However, if you’re in the area, I would still recommend trying it, because it was quite relaxing: a sunny, breezy summer day with a view. Lake Ashi is also another one of Japan’s famous landmarks.
The Hakone Ropeway (箱根ローウェイ) and The Great Boiling Valley (大湧谷) Hakone, Japan 2011 I can’t even remember the last time...