Not wanting to be selfish and treat myself to daily craft shopping, I dedicated some days for basking in Mother nature (Ed loves nature and wildlife photography) and left the others for my crafty cravings.
With the pleasant air-con temperatures to aid us, we hiked at Mount Takao & Mount Mitake, wandered around Hakone and walked kilometers just to find all the shops in my list of must-go-to craft places (I'll have another post solely on craft shopping in Tokyo). All of these within a single short week, besides the 2 days spent mostly on flying.
And talking about flying.. We were lucky enough to miss Typhoon Phanfone by a day and it was already fine weather by the time we were going to land at Haneda. Who knew a second typhoon would hit Japan again! Thank God the tropical depression hit Tokyo while we were sleeping safely in our hotel room (I did stay up a bit.. It was weird to experience a colder version of the monsoon-like storm in this subtropical city..) and by the time we needed to take a train back to Haneda airport later in the morning, it was blue skies and sunshine.
Inariyama trail @ Mount Takao.. It's slopes, steps and more steps..
Lake Ashi @ Hakone
Owakudani @ Hakone. We could only see the bottom part of Mount Fuji.. ==
Reserved this onsen in our ryokan. Just for us! But I KO-ed in less than 10 minutes. TOO.HOT!
Was it some kind of mass school excursion day?? Students everywhere at the Hakone Open Air museum.
Zentangled~~ @ Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku
Jaw dropped at the picturesque Rock Garden @ Mount Mitake
Passed by the pristine Tamagawa while walking back to Mitake station.
Jiyugaoka Megami Matsuri Wagon Sale
Okay, we did get to see Mount Fuji... From the plane..