Sunday, 4 November 2012

Photo Essay : Autumn Rider near Mt Fuji

Today we started at 8:30 from our office in Motomachi Chukagai. Plan was go to Hakone to meet my Friends Mom who was coming on bus tour to Tokyo from Yamaguchi. Planned meet was at 11:00 at hakone. It was my first time use my ETC card too , just installed yesterday , bought from my friend for 20000 Yen.

Yet again YZF-R1 and Harley Davidson ...

At Work , I am early here ...

Time to ride ..we started 8:30 and was in Hakone at 10:30. Roads were empty and we flied at 100 K.



Going Hakone by Taking Route 1 , always follow from near the ocean ..very  beautiful

Resting Place on Express way , near the clean blue Ocean



Today was nice weather so most of the people on their high speed bikes towards Hakone , Mt Fuji. All bikes of every kind...
We were here around 9:30 , so times to leave into mountains , zigzagged roads...
Another waiting place and here we are next to Ferrari ...though its old model but still the beast...

HAKONE and Mt Fuji on Clean nice weather...

The town of Moto-Hakone at the shores of Lake Ashinoko

The town of Hakone is situated in the southwestern part of Kanagawa, and is part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Hakone is an internationally well-known holiday resort that includes many renowned hot springs. They have about 20 different qualities, nicknamed "Hakone Seventeen Spas."

Finally at Hakone at 10:30.
The Hakone Marathon Relay Race is a national event of the new year. There are three monuments commemorating the start and end point of the marathon route: the "Tokyo Hakone Marathon Relay Race Commemorative Monument" (1961), the "Plaque in Honor of Hakone Marathon Relay Race" commissioned for the 60th marathon relay race in 1984, and the Hakone Marathon Relay Race Monument of Glory, erected in 1994 on the occasion of the 70th marathon relay race. These monuments are located next to the Marathon Museum.

My Friends mom , from left and other 2 her friends...
She is 74 , but looks still every active..
Hakone Marathon boy



Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.
The best views of the lake in combination with Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from Moto-Hakone, from the Hakone Detached Palace Garden and from the sightseeing boats cruising the lake. Note however, that clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.
Two companies, Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats, operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the lake's southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the lake's northern end. A boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes roughly 30 minutes and costs 970 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Boats but not on boats operated by Izuhakone.

Soba in Hakone , it was just fine for 850 Yen , I thought at least looks would be better ..




Ladies left hakone on their bus tour at 11:30 , and we decided to move to Mt Fuji , Yamakako ...
Near Hakone , Inside deep mountains..

Zigzag roads

One More break time at 1:30 . on the top of mountain to see clear  view of Mt Fuji.
YZF-R1 , Harley Davidson in Shadows ....

Nice weather and in front of us is Mt Fuji ...

Near Yamanakako Lade

Autumn leaves getting red ..but still have to wait 2-3 weeks more  get complete red onces..

Sunshine and Mt Fuji in Front of blue water...

Red Maple leaves , autumn is here...

Red leaves


Lake Yamanakako is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes and the second most developed lake behind Lake Kawaguchiko with small towns at its western and eastern ends and a few hotels, minshuku, camping grounds and restaurants in between. There are good views of Mount Fuji from around the lake, especially from along its less developed northern shore.

Lake Yamanakako is popular among Japanese outdoor sports enthusiasts who enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing and other water sports on the lake, as well as camping, tennis and other activities along its shores. Many sport camps are found around the lake, which become crowded with student athletes during summer holidays.


Still green Maple leaves...



Mt Fuji behind the trees...
We left Mt Fuji at 3:00 , and I was home at 5 pm. Long ride on expressway ...
Need to come again this year to see the perfect red leaves..


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