We left about 7 am because we knew we had several hours to drive. This rest stop map showed us everything we needed to know about the area.
As we rose in elevation, the tree colors became prettier. We stopped to take pictures and I took some through the car window as we drove.
Near our hotel/onsen there is a tram that you can take partway up the mountain. They run every 15 minutes and the cost was 5600 yen for two round trip tickets.
I was excited to see the steam rising from the fumaroles. I’ve never been around a volcano before.
We took a leisurely hike around the trail, taking lots of pictures.
There were other hikers around, but not a lot. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was gorgeous.
The hotel was a little old fashioned, but clean. Ted likes a lot of pillows and was disappointed with one tiny pillow. There was a rotary dial phone in the room and a hot pot for making tea and a television with three Japanese channels. We did watch a program with ice skating. I worked on my hexagons a bit in the room.
We went to the onsen on the first floor that evening. The women’s side was on the right and the men’s on the left. Soaking in the hot water was perfect after a day of hiking. In my post tomorrow I’ll tell you about what happened at the onsen the next day and what we did on the rest of our anniversary adventure trip.