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Tags: Hot spring, Japan, Lake Ashi, Mount Fuji, Travel theme: Hot, Ōwakudani
The active smoking sulphur vents of Great Boiling Valley or Owakudani give it a ‘hot’ appearance. With too much sulphur in the air tourists are advised not to venture close to the vents. They can admire the scenic view or devour the Kuro-tamago or ‘black’ eggs hard-boiled in the hot water. The blackness gives negative feedback but eating one black egg adds seven years to your life. The thought of extra years tests your greediness but it is advisable to stick to two and hope for longevitiy.
Owakudani is a result of the eruption of Mount Hakone nearly 3000 years ago and the area is still fuming. It is a declared volcanic zone and till future eruptions a place to enjoy hot springs and hot rivers and cooled off by the placid calm of Lake Ashi and the elusive snow-capped Fuji-San on a clear day.
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Tags: Imperial Palace, Niju-bashi Bridge
The royal residence, the Imperial Palace, in heart of bustling Tokyo, close to Tokyo Station is surrounded by trees and moats, safeguarding what was previously the Edo Castle, the seat of the powerful Tokugawa shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty, The iconic Niju-bashi Bridge stretches over the moat in the outer gardens, a tourist photo-shoot point for keep sake photographs.
Visitors are allowed in few areas, the Kokyo Gaien or Imperial Palace Outer Garden, Kokyo Higashi Gyoen or the East Garden and Kita-no-maru-koen Park, museums and galleries. The inner palace grounds are closed to the public except on January 2, (New Year), and the Emperor’s birthday on December 23 when the imperial family greets the people. Visitors need advance approval from the Imperial Household Agency to join the guided walking tours of the inner palace grounds. I was walking around on the grounds outside the Palace when suddenly tourists rushed towards the gate….two resplendent horse-drawn carriages with drivers in plumed hats came into view. Excited to see some royalty I joined the crowds only to learn that the Imperial Horses were on their routine duty i.e. to transport new ambassadors of countries to the Palace for them to present their credentials to the Emperor.
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