Views of Hakone and Lake Ashi
Before our stay at the bottom of Fuji-san we had spent two weeks exploring the Izu peninsular. Our last stop there had been near the sleepy seaside town of Heda. For our drive to Fujiyoshida from Heda we chose the scenic route over the Ashinoko Skyline Road. This toll road winds itself above Lake Ashi, opposite Mount Hakone with its famous hot spring area, beloved of weekenders escaping Tokyo.
Sadly the weather was misty and the views of the lake and the mountains were not the picture postcard perfect ones we would have wished for. On the way along the Skyline road we stopped at one of the rest stops for a hot bowl of udon and afterwards we joined some other tourists at the viewpoint outside. Jerome spotted the pirate tour ship on the calm lake below and we could also see the cable car going up and down the slopes of Mount Hakone.
Driving along a “Melody Road”
Driving on we not only got our first glimpse of the majestic