Posted by: Agu
If you are nature lover, I recommend you to visit Owakudani.
In the middle of Hakone's lush greenery, Owakudani is like an entirely different dimension.
The volcanic landscape created 400 thousand years ago spreads before you.
Owakudani was formed as a result of the eruption and subsequent collapse of Kamiyama Mountain.
Even now, there are volcanic fumes of hydrogen sulfide being emitted.
As a result, smell of sulfur is spreading all over the area.
You might not be able to help holding your nose in Owakudani.
Trees have been dead and rocks have turned to clay, exposing a bronze-colored hillside.
On the other hand,
there are some plants with strong resistance to high ground temperature and acidic soil.
In addition, you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Fuji from there.
When I visited Owakudani, it was drizzling.
Unfortunately, I could not see Mt. Fuji.
This is the speciality of Owakudani, which is Black Egg.
These black eggs are boiled in hot sulfurous mud water which is very specific to Owakudani.
According to Japanese legend,
you will prolong your life by 7 years if you eat one black egg.
This time, I ate three black eggs in total.
21 years might be added to my life span!?
I'll be happy if Owakudani arouse your interest in visiting Japan.
Posted by: Agu (October 25, 2010 3:10 PM)