I also went to Hakone this weekend, albeit briefly, as a stopover on a weekend trip to Izu. I've been to Owakudani a few times before on previous trips to Hakone, and I don't care about hot-spring cooked black eggs, although the egg-ropeway is very cool. But I feel like a hobbit about to venture into Smaug's lair when smelling the sulfurous air and looking at the dark mountain with gas clouds in the foreground.Something new this time was pampas grass (すすき).
I'd never heard of this place before, but it is apparently very popular, as this wide swath of gold was choked with people admiring the view.
It reminded me of the middle U.S.A., with its great endless fields of wheat and corn. Beautiful.Sampling Eeyore's favorite snack.