The oft-visited Kamakura-Hakone stretch isn't terribly child-friendly outside of the summer beach season. Kids get bored with temples and shrines, and wandering the omiyage streets of hot-spring towns gets pretty old, pretty fast. Luckily, there are a few spots that provide ample opportunity to play, and that will, with any luck, fill kids' "play tanks" … Continue reading Kids’ Play Between Kamakura and Hakone: Odawara Wanpaku Land
Citrus Foot Bath
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the stained glass tower is a looooong foot bath with nice warm water. When we were there, it was full of bobbing lemons, limes, yuzu and other citrus fruit. The colours were glorious.
Stained Glass Tower
Still at the Hakone Open-Air Museum... This is a big tower made of stained glass with a spiral staircase inside. It's pretty cool.
Let’s Visit Hakone 2!
Like I said yesterday, the Hakone Open-Air Museum has some nifty kids' areas. Well, area. (Okay, there are two, but the one is indoors and kinda not fun.) Sadly, the big rope play area has been closed. BUT, it still had this cool plastic tunnel thing. Kaede had a blast, and I was so very, … Continue reading Let’s Visit Hakone 2!
Let’s Visit Hakone!
Kamakura is all well and good, but sometimes, you need a break, right? A few weeks back, we headed down to Hakone, a hot spring resort area, for the day. While there, we checked out the Hakone Open-Air Museum, as we'd heard it had a fantastic kids' area. (More on that in a future post.) … Continue reading Let’s Visit Hakone!
Photo of the Day: Furin (Wind Chimes)
It's not really furin season anymore, but there was a display at Kowaki-en Hotel in Hakone the other day, and it was all kinds of pretty. Kaede was pretty impressed, too.