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  • The kids have a special day off of school today

  • So we're taking the Romance Carthat's what it's called

  • And we're taking it all the way to Hakone where we're going to go up the mountain,

  • On a ropeway, on trains, on a boat, and it should be a fun, fun day!

  • How cool! This is so fun!

  • Look at that dude! Look at that! What a seat, you can see it all going right on by.

  • Is this exciting Sarah? Trains are better than airplanes.

  • Today we're going to Hakone, an area famous for it's volcanic activity and views of Mt Fuji.

  • This trip is extra special because we're not driving this time,

  • but taking the train system all the way there with friends.

  • What did you draw Joshua? I drew Luigi.

  • Oh cool, sure enough!

  • Who's in front of us? Izzy! Izzy.

  • These girls are busy doing something here, huh?

  • Just drawing.

  • Oh, the origami! Fun.

  • We are on the romance car today.

  • Heading for a very special trip.

  • Look at this! What is it?

  • Oh, they do have a vending machine on here, how cool is that?

  • Oh they do have like a "Fire," sounds a little scary. I don't know what that is.

  • Give it a try. It looks like coffee.

  • Yeah, I think so. It's cold?

  • Oh, sumetai.

  • That looks like fun guys.

  • After Machida I think there's no stops

  • Look at this? Look at that! Look at that dude!

  • Let's do that too?

  • You should do it with yours!

  • Oh here they come! Here they come! Sweet!

  • We bought the Hakone pass, and with this one ticket we board all the different trains, ropeways, ships and buses we will need for this excursion.

  • There's something magical about leaving Tokyo by train, entering the Japanese countryside and catching glimpses of Mt Fuji along the way.

  • So cool. So pretty.

  • Look, there's the mountain ridge and then there's Mt Fuji behind it. It's got some clouds hanging out.

  • What? What is this shirt?

  • Dad Joke? More like...rad joke.

  • That's the bullet train?

  • Nope, thats another romance car.

  • That's like the train that we're on, but it's red.

  • Once you reach the town of Hakone it's time to switch trains to a small local train line called the Hakone Tozan line.

  • Whoa guys. We're on the next train.

  • This train line snakes up the mountain side, quickly gaining altitude and giving you some great views along the way.

  • A unique aspect of this line is that there are a number of stations on the track where you come to a complete stop

  • and then head backwards, switching tracks and heading further up the mountain.

  • Sarah, we're going to be in the front now. The train turns around on the tracks here, look. Isn't that cool?

  • What's happening?

  • We're going to start going straight here.

  • Here we go!

  • Up, up, up, up, up.

  • We're going to go into the tunnel guys.

  • Alright, alright!

  • It's about to get dark.

  • What did you say? Its more like what? A train trip.

  • A train trip?

  • We're getting to the end of this train Sarah. Then we get on the next one!

  • What? What!

  • Yeah, that's the next train we're gonna ride on. It goes up the mountain. Straight on up.

  • At the Gora Station, you hop on the Hakone Tozan Cable-car,

  • which takes you up another 214 meters in altitude in just 1,200 meters of track, reaching a maximum grade of 20%.

  • In other words, it's steep.

  • Here comes the cable car!

  • Gonna go up this to the ropeway now. Sweet!

  • Now we can go.

  • Alright guys.

  • Pretty cool.

  • Ok, the cable car is moving on up.

  • Whoa!

  • It's on your shirt Izzy. You got a hitch hiker.

  • Here comes the other cable car.

  • Passing going down. Bye guys.

  • At the top it was finally time for Hakone's famous ropeway, a gondola that suspends you over the geothermic vents of the region.

  • Ok, here comes ours!

  • A fiery red color with windows galore!

  • Sweet!

  • Which one should we go on daddy? Should we go right here?

  • Sure.

  • Ok guys, here's one of the main attractions! Bye!

  • Yay! We're doing it!

  • Ok, heading up!

  • I gotta take this off and smell some sulphur. Smell some sulphur.

  • Is this the pink corner right here?

  • Do you have to be wearing pink? Oh, you're a little purplish aren't you.

  • Look at that. What a view.

  • You conquered it!

  • Announcer: You can see Mt Fuji...

  • And... you can't see it today. No Mt Fuji today.

  • It got really overcast!

  • Cheese!

  • We're about to go over into the great unknown!

  • On the other side of this is steam and ... see the music??

  • Just like Jurassic Park!

  • Into the unknown! Oh wow!

  • (Wind howling). Whoa!!!

  • Oh, its windy! So windy!

  • Dude, that was crazy!

  • It smells.

  • Listen to that wind! Holy cow!

  • It's kinda scary? Oh, it's super safe.

  • Super safe.

  • Look at this things sway up and down here.

  • You can't even see in the front.

  • And yet the sun shines up above somewhere.

  • Please fill this box when you feel unwell.

  • That's a puke box.

  • I've never felt more alive!

  • Ruth's got the puke box right next to her.

  • I'm amazed they run it with it this windy.

  • Oh, the wind stopped. Yeah!

  • Look at those trees. Its just too sulphuric... Acidic?

  • Here we go!

  • It was windy, wasn't it? That was intense.

  • Well, that was a nice sway, nice wind.

  • When we went over then all of a sudden the wind!

  • Oh my goodness!! It's windy!

  • It is windy.

  • Oh my goodness!

  • We've got some blue skies over there, but other than that - whoa!

  • Why won't there be a town up here?

  • I'm getting blown away here!

  • Everyone's getting their jackets on.

  • If you brought them, use them.

  • It's clearing off over there too.

  • Look at that! That is awesome.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Got a little bit of rain. A little bit of wind. It's crazy!

  • Don't let your camera get rained on. No joke, huh?

  • Look Joshua. That's what we just did. That whole ropeway.

  • At 1,044 meters, the Owakudani Station is perched near the top of Mt Hakone,

  • where you have spectacular views of the area, included the volcanic vents Hakone is famous for.

  • The geothermic activity is harnessed for some interesting uses.

  • That's the kind of sign you should pay attention too.

  • If there is an eruption, you run into the building that is right along the side there.

  • Perhaps the most famous way that Japan uses volcanic vents is for the heating of its onsen hot baths,

  • which we've come to love while living in Japan.

  • But today we're going to experience a different use, in, of all things, cooking.

  • Ruth, what are we going to do now? We are going to buy some black eggs.

  • Black eggs! Why are they black?

  • Cause they are cooked in sulphur.

  • Cooked in the sulphur springs.

  • Black egg.

  • Look at the special Mt Fuji [Coca Cola].

  • Alright, we're getting our black eggs.

  • Whoohoo - here they are.

  • We got the black eggs. Let's try them.

  • Alright.

  • I'm going to peel it. What's peel it?

  • Gotta peel the egg. It's a hard boiled in sulphur springs.

  • Is it hot?

  • I am not good at peeling it. Tastes like a hard boiled egg.

  • Here, can you peel it?

  • Do you like hard boiled eggs Sarah?

  • Let's see Becca. There's no salt?

  • How is it? Is it good?

  • Antony did you get some?

  • Yeah, they all got the eggs let's try them out. Oh yes! Awesome.

  • Oh there it is. Look at that egg.

  • Is it warm? It's warm? Is it warming your hands?

  • Alright.

  • Don't drop it. Eat it. Oh Joshua, alright dude.

  • Oh, these guys got theres. Alright.

  • Izzy, look at your black egg!

  • My egg was so good. The kids all want more but we are going to have lunch I think instead.

  • We're deciding what we want here. Chahan, I want chahan.

  • Chahan? Oh yum. I was going to get Ramon.

  • Oh yeah, the Ramon looks good. Daddy's going to go with the Katsu Curry because I just love Katsu Curry.

  • What about Momma-chan?

  • Black ramon. Oh, the black Ramon, I'll bet that's good.

  • No, it's black, I want regular.

  • Ok, here we go, going in.

  • Mt Fuji. Mt Fuji! Oh, Mt Fuji is coming out!

  • Wow, perfect timing. Look at that. Mt Fuji.

  • There it is. Mt Fuji.

  • This is like the view from the top of the world.

  • From the top of the world..

  • There's Mt Fuji again. It said Ok, I'll show up again for a moment.

  • Mommy, you missed it! I missed it!

  • It's so fast. It happened so fast. You missed it? I missed it!

  • And it's gone!

  • Oh, Joshua, Is it good? Oh yes.

  • Momma-chan's got the soup.

  • And Sarah Bear. Oh chahan.

  • Is it good? Momma-chan got her Ramon.

  • How is it? Oh, so good.

  • Oh, what did you get?

  • Curry rice for the girls.

  • And daddy got Katsu Curry (pork cutlet curry).

  • You guys trying to stay warm?

  • Ok, everyone look at me! Ready? Oh mommy's coming in. Smile. Ok, 1, 2, 3.

  • After we had a nice lunch and plenty of wind, it was time to head down the back side of the mountain,

  • down to where a boat was waiting to take us across Lake Ashi.

  • But this was no normal boat.

  • Alright! Look at this guys. That's cool.

  • Alright guys!

  • Oh my goodness. We have to go with the door open. Oh no, it's closing.

  • That was a close call.

  • With all these kids, we want the door closed!

  • Oh, and there's the mountain you just can't quite see today.

  • John looked it up. He found out how many ropeways are in Japan.

  • 170 ropeways

  • 170!

  • How many have we been on?

  • That's a good question. That's our goal!

  • Visit all 170. It's our bucket list.

  • Whoa. Mt Fuji!

  • If only for a moment.

  • Oh, so sorry!

  • Look at the lake there.

  • Oh and look. There's the ship. Can you guys see the ship down there?

  • The clouds are so pretty over the lake.

  • Like fingers coming down.

  • Whoa, there's the boat!

  • How was it? Was it fun?

  • It was super fun!

  • Look, the other boat coming!

  • Boy, its really doing an intense turn, isn't it?

  • Ok, here we go. Look at that boat. Thank you!

  • Oh, shiver me timbers.

  • Do you know what a pirate's favorite restaurant is?

  • Wait... is this going to be a dad joke? Say it again.

  • What's a pirate's favorite restaurant? I don't know.

  • Aaaarrrby's. Oh man!

  • Lake Ashi is a crater lake formed in the caldera of Mt Hakone which last erupted in 1170.

  • This super scenic lake is traversed by pirate ships, but don't worry.

  • The only money they steal from you is in the ticket upgrades they offer to ride in the front of the boat.

  • Otherwise you can enjoy the spectacular views from the back area

  • Bye guys!

  • It was time to say bye to some of our friends, as they would continue on the journey the way we came.

  • But we had one other form of transportation yet to board.

  • Hey dude. Hi.

  • How was the boat? Was it cool? Yeah.

  • A tangerine for daddy. Oh yum!

  • Look at that. That looks so good. Tangerines while we wait for the bus.

  • Oh, here comes the bus. It might be our bus.

  • Oh, I think it is. I think it is? Is it pretty full? Oh my goodness.

  • The bus took us down the mountain, back to the main Hakone station where we would catch the Romance Car and head back home.

  • With some time before our departure, we decided to explore this picturesque town.

  • How about this Ben-san? Yeah, it's great. Beautiful day.

  • Walkways connect the downtown strip with lots of fun shops and restaurants.

  • Oh Anna, this is quite a cool place, huh?

  • Gonna have a little snack and look out here at the river.

  • Very cool. Can I use your camera?

  • Huh? Zoom in on you? No, can I use your camera?

  • You want to use the camera? Oh my.

  • This is a beautiful view.

  • A duck. Quack, quack.

  • Now Becca is videoing.

  • Oh, they spilled.

  • Oops, an accident happened over here.

  • It wasn't me... it was Sarah.

  • OK, OK

  • How has your experience on the romance car