After three hours and four changes of local trains from Shuzenji, we arrived near the top of a low mountain in the Hakone region to spend a night at the famed Gora Kadan. It is a 39-room ryokan; until 1950 next to it was a summer villa of the imperial family, and then someone bought that and then land and added this large annex.
Snow fell last night, it’s still falling, and some rooms when it is not snowing have views of Mount Fuji.
Later this morning it will be a train ride to Tokyo, a brief meeting, and then a train ride to Narita for a flight to Boston via Minneapolis.
It has been a little over ten days in Japan, with one night in Korea, and it was busy and informative as usual.
Time to sit still.