From Owakudani (the still active volcanic area at 1044m high), my wife and I took the Hakone Ropeway's aerial cable car ride down to Lake Ashi where we boarded "Victory", a replica of a pirates ship. As the ship cruised slowly across Lake Ashi, we were enthralled by the rolling mountains around the lake.
It was windy and chilly when we set off on the late afternoon cruise. The topmost deck offered an all-round panoramic view. It was also the most windy and coldest, thanks to the cold spring weather in April. Save for the quiet rumbling from the ship's engines, our winter wear flapped with the cold wind. Couples were huddled together as they braved the cold and watched the scenery rolled by.
As the sun sets, the land mass and waters seemed to merge with one another, differentiated only by the shimmering waters where the sun's reflection hits the water. The lake turned more placid with the fading light while the mountains took on shades of darkening grey.
It was a lovely cruise. After we disembarked, we took a coach to the train station where we boarded a shinkansen back to Tokyo.
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