Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Winter Scene and Old Climber in Hakone

Electric car number 106 of the Hakone-Tozan MoHa 1 series arrives at Tonosawa Station

Hakone is a popular sightseeing area in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is said that nearly 20 million tourists visit this mountain resort per year because they can enjoy the nature and the hot springs less than two hours from the heart of the city. Hakone is always busy with visitors, but it is a bit empty in the winter season.

One day this winter, I visited Lake Ashinoko in Hakone with my family. It was sunset time. The air was transparent and the stars had just started twinkling. There were no visitors by the lake except us. There were no noises beside the sound of the breeze. I found that the winter scene in Hakone had another seduction.

To get to Lake Ashinoko, we took the Hakone Tozan Railway from Odawara Station. Transferring from the railway to the funicular at Gora Station, we then took the aerial tramway from Sounzan to Togendai, the Ashinoko lakeside station. One of my favorite vehicles on the Hakone Tozan Railway is the classic electric car, the MoHa 1 series. This model was originally launched in 1919 and remodeled in 1950. The MoHa 1 series still retains its classic design with a large rounded light on top of the face. A total of 6 units were remodeled by Kisha Kaisha, and 4 units (103, 104, 106 and 107) are still operated.

The beautiful sunset and the old climbing electric car... I fully enjoyed the winter scene of Hakone Mountain.

Sunset view of Lake Ashino-ko in Hakone Mountain