Every spring, a ceremonial one-day sumo tournament called Honozumo is held on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine. Entrance is free.

Above, there were a lot of people but it was still easy to move around and to have a good look at the fighting.

Above, a gaijin sumo wrester.

With more than 600 cherry trees, Yoyogi Park is a popular hanami spot for the Harajuku crowd.

Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine is a shinto shrine in Sendagaya, Shibuya City. Its distinguishing feature is its Fujizuka, called the Sendagaya Fuji. Fujizuka are small mounds that represent Mount Fuji. Fuji worshipers who are unable to do a pilgrimage to the top of Mount Fuji can use one of those instead. There are many other such Fujizuka in Tokyo (for example, at Shinagawa Shrine or Onoterusaki Shrine in Iriya).

Above, the Fuji-zuka mound.

Above, view from the top.

Above, cherry tree just outside the shrine.

Kakuni (braised pork) and vegetable miso tsukemen (角煮野菜麺).


Black Katsu Curry, with additional cheese topping. It is possible to choose the spice level: I got level 4, which is mildly spicy.


With over 1,000 cherry trees, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the best and most popular spots for hanami in Tokyo.

Ultimate blue cheese burger, with fries (included) and sweet chili sauce.


After getting down from Mount Komagatake, I walked on the road in the direction of Moto-Hakone, at the southern end of Lake Ashi. I spent some time at the Hakone shrine and at the Hakone Detached Palace. I then took the so-called Outer Rim Trail (外輪山のハイキングコース) that follows the Ashinoko Skyline Road in the mountains west of Lake Ashi. I followed the trail until I reached Togendai, at the northern end of Lake Ashi. I arrived just in time to catch the last express bus to Shinjuku.

Above, lake torii at the Hakone shrine.

Above, stairs to the main hall of the shrine.

Above, one of the torii at Moto-Hakone.

Above, the “classic” Hakone shot, with the torii and Mount Fuji. I finally got it! I had been there twice before but, each time, Mount Fuji was masked by clouds.

Above, cedar avenue.

Above, lookout point at the Hakone Detached Palace.

Above, Hakone checkpoint.

Above, torii at Komakata shrine.

Above, on the way to the roadside station (道の駅) and the Ashinoko Skyline Road. There is also an alternative path to Togendai that follows the shore of the lake.

Above, view from the roadside station.

Above, Ashinoko Skyline Road and Mount Fuji.

Above, Yamabushi Pass (山伏峠).

Above, view from the lookout point at Yamabushi Pass.

Above, some snow on the trail to Mount Mikuni (三国山).

Above, looking towards Togendai.

Above, at Kojiri Pass (湖尻峠), after sunset.

Above, trail to the shore of Lake Ashi and the Ikejiri Floodgate (池尻水門).

Above, on the shore path.

Above, waiting for the bus at Togendai.

A couple of weeks ago, I went back to Hakone, this time for a hike. Starting in Hakone-Yumoto, I rode the Tozan train and cable car until Sounzan. There, I took the trail to Mount Komagatake (駒ヶ岳; 1327m), passing through the summits of Mount Kanmurigatake and Mount Kami (神山; 1438m) along the way. The view of Mount Fuji from the trail and at the summit of Mount Komagatake was really spectacular. I then took the Komagatake Ropeway Line to get down to Hakone-En and Lake Ashi.

Above, on the cable car to Sounzan.

Above, ropeway to Owakudani.

Above, ropeway station at Owakudani.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, most of the trail was still covered with snow.

Above, torii on the trail to the summit of Mount Kanmurigatake (actually a detour).

Above, at the summit of Mount Kami.

Above, ascent to the summit of Mount Komagatake.

Above, ropeway station.

Above, summit of Mount Komagatake.

Above, Hakone shrine at the summit.

Above, view of the coast.

Above, looking towards Izu.

Above, Lake Ashi.

Above, on the way down to Lake Ashinoko.

Above, ropeway station at Hakone-En.

Above, on the shore of Lake Ashi.

Above, black pork gyoza. They were huge: Much bigger than the gyoza I am used to.

Above, paripari gyoza.



Carp fishing @ Ichigaya

Fallen petal @ Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

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Name: Guilhem Vellut Location: Tokyo, Japan



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