May 26: Hakone Gondola, Narukawa Museum

It’s cold, windy and cloudy today. Ready to depart the hotel,  Amy is delighted to learn that the gift shop will open early just for us: added a pair of wooden slippers to her array.

First stop is a trip on the Hakone Ropeway over the mountains to view volcanic vents. One might expect to see Mt. Fuji in clear weather; you can tell we did not today. The summit was very windy and we learned that the cruise on Lake Ashi was canceled due to adverse weather. In place of a cruise, we visited the Narukawa Art Museum which displayed work by local artists. I include here a couple of shots of a Shinto Shrine Torii (gate) and Lake Ashi. Mt. Fuji is located above the tip of the land mass to the left of the red shrine gate.

Now it is off to the last city on our trip: Tokoyo, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the area known as the Ginza where there are many upscale shops and restaurants.

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