After finishing up at Odawara Castle, we headed over to the Owakudani sulfur springs in Hakone.
For the past year or so, Hakone has been closed due to volcanic activity but recently reopened. We underestimated the time needed to get up the mountain so we only had about 10 minutes at the top. It didn’t really matter though due to the combination of foggy, overcast weather and sulfur hot spring steam we couldn’t see anything anyway.
Here’s the view from the cable car to the peak (so majestic):
At one point, things cleared up a bit so we were able to catch a glimpse of the sulfur pools:
And this is the view from the peak:
It’s clear why some people refer to Owakudani (Great Boiling Valley) as Jigokudani (Hell Valley). We did manage to get some of the famous “7 Year” black eggs though.
Here’s a helpful brochure about the black eggs (click the pics to embiggen):
We decided to have one near the peak and they were really good!
In the shell:
Looks like a regular hard-boiled egg inside:
Hey, I think she likes it!