Hakone: Maintenance part II

Our original plan was to do the traditional route in Hakone: going up with the cable car into the area with vulcanic activity, going down on the other side and take a boat back over the lake to see a bit of Fuji. However, this part was closed due to too much vulcanic activity and a potential risk on eruption of the vulcano. Therefore we decided to do it differently: Start at the south part of the lake, hike about 10 km to the north of the lake, with halfway a temple and a cable car up the mountain, and go back with a fancy tourist pirate boat. However, when we arrived at the station in Odawara, we were told by the tourist information guy from Egypt that also this cable car was out of the running. Because of maintenance. Since yesterday. Last moment we decided to buy an all day bus ticket for the area and had for the Hakone open air museum and to lake Ashi afterwards to see Fuji if possible.

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A welcome resting place, in our attempt to find the holly grail, ehm the open air museum.
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Finally after an hour walking and searching, below some obscure road crossing we found the entrance.
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The museum was littered with interesting sculptures.

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Too bad you can only play in this sculpture if you are a kid.
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Sanne qualifies, I guess 😉
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I love sealions... so cute
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Sanne also likes to lick things.
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The Picasso exibition was very interesting. So much variety in his work.

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Glass in lead tower, which I climbed to the top.
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Hmmmm, interesting...
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Pirate tourist ship in lake Ashi. Also the famous gate in the water, which we didn't, visit can be seen.
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We went for some three hugging in the ancient cypress lane near the lake.
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An old army gate.
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We went to the park at the southern edge of lake . Pottentially this would be one of the best spots to see Fuji from a distance...
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The park was very well kept.

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No Fuji, but still a beautiful sunset.
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After this we took the bus to Odawara and went for Pizza in Japanese style. They have much to learn. Like putting cheese on it.
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Another pizza. This one had tomato sauce, but that was basically it.
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