Just right before we grabbed our lunch, we drove straight to Hakone’s Komagatake Ropeway in Mt. Komagatake just right after visiting the Open-Air Museum (you can find that story from my previous blog post). Let me tell you that Hakone is a place where you can do almost anything; sailing on a boat, soaking in the hot springs, hiking in their mountains but this time we chose to ride in their cable car!
The cable car will take you for a seven minute ride. At the summit drops at about a five degree temperature but trust me the cold isn’t even the hardest part but the strong wind that if you won’t be careful enough can blow you away. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as scary or dangerous as it sounds although self precautions are necessary especially in this type of weather.
Now I might have to tell you this but you won’t really see much when you reach the top. By that I mean there’s nothing there (literally). Only a strong standing temple and an old cable car station building right in the midst of the very vast open space. Now before you make a frowning face, this place is intended as a sanctuary where you go inside the temple and pray and let’s not forget to mention the beautiful panoramic view of Lake Ashi.
But I think this might be the closest to nature you can get. The mountain is indeed high enough to see the shadow of floating clouds canopied above you. The far view of the next city that makes you fill detached from the civilization, and the reflecting snow of Mt. Fuji’s peak and just underneath are its lakes. I guess all these are something we don’t get to experience everyday now do we? 🙂