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Today didn’t start out super well considering I woke up at midnight and couldn’t go back to sleep because my roommate was snoring loudly. I’m a pretty light sleeper so most noises wake me up and then keep me awake.

We ate the complimentary breakfast at about 7am, at this point I had already been awake for seven hours and had called home to talk to my family.

We began our day trip bus ride to Hakone at around 8.30am. We hit our first pit stop at 10am to get some food.

I had this meat pie. It’s almost like a pork meatball that’s flattened then wrapped in dough. It’s then seared on both sides until golden brown.

After our pit stop, we went to a Sakura festival where you’re able to see Mount Fuji at the same time. We were apparently really lucky, as it was raining the entire time there until we started getting closer and we started to see blue skies.

It was a gorgeous day for us to be there and probably my favorite part of the trip so far.

I had some delicious strawberry daifuku which is a whole strawberry wrapped in mochi.

After a few hours there we ventured off to the historical Fuji museum.

There was actually a little stall in there for people (aka tourists) to do a 10 minute photo session after someone dresses you in a wedding style kimono. I got some awesome pictures that a friend took of me in one, but I won’t be posting my face on here, sorry.

We then traveled through small towns and rice patty fields until around 5pm when we finally arrived at out hotel: a Ryoukan in Atami.

Our hotel even has an onsen on the very top floor. Onsens are a hot spa, usually a hot spring. In most onsens, you are not allowed any clothes and tattoos. So you go in your birthday suit and have to cover all tattoos with bandaids or gauze.

We checked out around our hotel first though since we were right next to the beach.

After walking around, we went back to the hotel to get dressed in our yukatas (cotton kimono) for our traditional Japanese meal.

Completely stuffed, my three roommates and I hobbled back to our room to get some sleep. After being up for 20 hours, I know I’m going to be able to sleep really well tonight, hopefully sound enough to even ignore the snoring.

I’ll update everyone again tomorrow after our day through Hakone.

Good day and good night from Atami, Japan.


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May 10, 2018 3:59 am

Such beautiful pictures!

May 10, 2018 4:29 am

<3 <3 <3

May 10, 2018 4:47 am


May 10, 2018 5:25 am

Wow lucky! When I went, the shibazakura didn’t bloom yet so all I saw was grass haha.

I love ryokans and the kaiseki meals! And sleeping on futons is actually really comfy ^^. Hope you’re adjusting to the time well so you can enjoy the day more. The first few days are the worst.

May 10, 2018 5:54 am

Thank you very much for these pictures and explanations!!

May 10, 2018 6:18 am

You take beautiful pictures! Enjoy your trip addiss 💕

May 10, 2018 6:49 am

Enjoy your trip addiss and put cotton in your ears so you have a pleasant sleep.
The images are beautiful, thank you very much for sharing.

May 10, 2018 6:54 am

Thanks for the post…Have Fun 😀

May 10, 2018 8:44 am

Looking forward to next day of the trip ^^

May 10, 2018 9:01 am

so beautiful! 😀
Hope you are having lots of fun!

May 10, 2018 9:37 am

Wanna go there soooooom much 😍😍 its beautiful 😻

May 10, 2018 10:07 am

Great pictures 👍 hope you had a lovely trip there

May 10, 2018 5:49 pm

Great food and place.. Hope you will have a comfy sleep! Enjoy!

May 10, 2018 6:54 pm

Such pretty photos!

May 10, 2018 7:08 pm

Thank you for sharing. It all looks great!

May 10, 2018 7:27 pm

Mmm, strawberries…I need to stop reading these posts before dinner. And those are some gorgeous pictures, especially the one of Mt. Fuji.

May 10, 2018 8:48 pm

Earplugs. You need earplugs. 🙃 Beautiful pics. Maybe you need to have your friend ‘accidenta’ cut you head off in pics? Or blur your face when you get home.
Have fun.

May 10, 2018 8:58 pm

It Sounds so nice😍😍😍 i just Loved the photographs of the Landscapes and the food😆
I’m really looking Forward to the Next post 😊 Be sure to take a Bath in the onsen 😀😀😂😂 and Eat lots of delicious foods😋
Don’t let the Yakuza get you tho…
Take Care😙

May 10, 2018 9:25 pm

Hope you were able to get a good night’s sleep. Love the pics and commentary! I look forward to living vicariously through you for your trip. Thank you for sharing, Addis! 🙂

May 10, 2018 10:38 pm

I want a Mochi stuffed with a Strawberry! 🙂

May 10, 2018 10:41 pm

Fabulous pictures! Enjoy each day! 🙂

May 11, 2018 1:32 am

Pictures ❤️❤️❤️Thankyou for sharing though loved to c ur picture too☺️😁 Enjoy more ✌🏻️

February 29, 2020 5:39 am

Ichigo daifuku are the best !

May 26, 2021 4:32 am

Thank you for sharing with us🤗🤗🤗🤗

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