Saturday, 22 September 2007

Hakone - Boat Cruise and Shinkansen (Day 6 cont'd)

(3) Pirate Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi


I have become "Pirates of Hakone"!

I do not understand the meaning of this, why does the cruise boat have to be made into a pirate ship? Anyway, it's a 25 minutes boat trip on Lake Ashi. Lake Ashi is not the best lake I have ever seen (of course nothing can beat Lake Baikal in Siberia), but sitting on the open air deck right on the top of the boat and letting the cool breeze blow into my face, it was a marvellous experience.


Free as an eagle, I wish!


Sunset on Lake Ashi


Where the boat docks



(4) Shinkansen ---> Tokyo

Time to return to Tokyo. Took the bullet train, Shinkansen. Nothing to boast about really. Fast, efficient and clean trains are not unique to the city of Tokyo. Many European cities have even faster bullet trains than this.





Taking the 18.17 train to Tokyo although my ticket was for 18.47, About 30 mins ride on Shinkansen is equivalent to 1.5 hour by coach.


The bullet "flying" towards me


3 comments:

Elly said...

Hehe all these look very familiar.. it was part of an itinerary that didn't materialise cos of my dear Nicole. : ) Now I feel like I've virtually fulfill my trip 4 yrs late haha

Anonymous said...

Europe train are fast but never clean and efficient. Maybe apart from Swiss.
Mike

Ling said...

Virtual is not good enough.

Give Nicole another 20 years and ask her to pay for your trip to Hakone again... for all the sacrifices you have made for her. Better late than never right?