One of the places to visit for a view of Mt. Fuji. Hakone is a quaint little town with plenty more to do as well. I loved the views of Lake Ashi, and walking along the Cedar Tree Route. Taking the various forms of transportation around Hakone was fun too! Our view of Mt. Fuji was slightly blocked by some clouds but it was still so majestic. I can see why people wrote poems and songs about Fuji-san. She isn't "just a mountain".
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82 Kms from Hakone
Shibuya:Well, Shibuya is always the place to start! It’s one of the main shopping centers in Japan, as well as home of the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world: The Shibuya Scramble (the one that you see in many Hollywood movies like 'Lost in Translation', 'Resident Evil' and more).
84 Kms from Hakone
ShinjukuAbout Shinjuku, let me start by saying that Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. TWO MILLION !!!Like Shibuya, Shinjuku is also a business hub.. infact a bigger one! There are innumerable skyscrapers - west of the station is Shinjuku's skyscraper district, home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and the twin towers of the Metropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.
231 Kms from Hakone
Culture and saké: Takayama (2 days) Kampai! Takayama is home to dozens of saké breweries, and is the place to sink down jugs and jugs of this rice-based beverage. If you don’t like the taste that much, try and start with some warm saké after a day of exploring — nice, right? To fill up the day before boozing hour, visit the morning markets, explore the old town on foot, and snap pics of the traditional wooden houses and old-school shops. Or maybe spend an afternoon hanging out in a cafe, sipping on tea and writing postcards while listening to jazz records. Oh, and make sure you hop on the train back to Tokyo during daylight hours: the ride is stunning.