Hakone Tozan Line
Hakone Tozan Railway is a private railway company in Japan, and it was
opened in 1900. It is best known
for its operation of the Hakone Tozan Line, the first mountain railway
in Japan. It also operates the Hakone
-Tozan Cable Car. The Hakone Tozan Line consists of two sections: a lower
section from Odawara to
Hakone-Yumoto, and an upper section from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora. At Gora, a cable car is available to
transfer visitors to and from Lake Ashinoko
(L) Hakone-Yumoto area (R) Super-express 50000 is parked at Hakone-Yumoto
A landsat picture: Red-line represents Hakone Tozan Railway, serving Odawara
Orange line represents a cable car, serving Gora and Sohunzan.
Green line represents a ropeway between Sohunzan and Togendai, Lake Ashinoko.
Hakone Tozan Cable Car
Hakone Tozan Cable Car is a funicular railway in Hakone. It links Gora,
the upper terminus of the railway line,
with Sounzan, 214 metres above sea level. At Sounzan, connection is made
with the Hakone Ropeway,
which runs to Togendai on Lake Ashinoko. It was opened in 1922, and the
line was rebuilt in 1995, when
new cars replaced the old.
A funicular rail track starts at Goura station with a gradient of 133$B"s(B
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A cable car climbs along the cherry blossoms and common broom in full bloom.
Common broom or Scotch broom, Cytisus scoparius, is also known as an invasive
(L) This picture shows the Hakone cable car track near the upper station
(R) A cable car at the Sounzan station
Length: 1200 meters
Height: 214 meters
Maximum steepness: 20%
Journey time: 10 minutes
Hakone Ropeway links between Sounzan and Togendai via Owakudani. It makes
a part of the sightseeing route
between Odawara and Lake Ashinoko. The company belongs to the Odakyu Group.
(L) Interior of a gondola lift station at Sounzan (R) A gondola lift between
Sounzan and Owakudani
(L) An active volcanic plume at Owakudani valley which was once called
as Jigokutani, the valley of Hell
(R) Owakudani valley that is viewed from a ropeway gondola.
A volcanic plume that is viewed from Owakudani Observation plaza.
(L) A volcanic plume and Kanmuridake mountain ( Lava dome ) (R) An active
plum at Owakudani
(L) A volcanic plume and Kanmuridake (M) A symbolic stature of a black
egg, cooked in a hot spring and turned into black.
(R) A wonderful view of Mount Fuji from the gondola
The above pictures are the scenes seen from an aerial tram Hakone Ropeway
to the Great Boiling Valley, Owaku-
dani. From Togendai on the Lake, the Hakone Ropeway connects to Sounzan, the upper terminus of the Hakone
Tozan funicular railway. This in turn connects to the Hakone Tozan Line
mountain railway for the descent to
Odawara, in connecting to Shinjuku and Tokyo.
Elevation of stations:
Sounzan: 767 M
Owakudani: 1044 M
Togendai: 740 M
Lake Ashinoko, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area. The name means "lake
of reeds." The average depth is 15 M,
with the maximum depth is 43.5 M. The lake surface is 723 M above sea level.
It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of
Mount Hakone, a complex volcano that
last erupted in 1170 CE at Owakudani. The lake is known for its views of
Mount Fuji, hot springs, historical sites.
Along Lake Ashinoko, there was the old Tokaido road, the main link between
Kyoto and Tokyo.
(L) Lake Ashinoko (R) Hotel de Yama
(L) Rykan, Ryuguden operated by Prince-Hotel group (M) Hakone-Komagatake
Ropeway (R) Torii of Hakone Shrine at Lake Ashinoko
Hakone Komagatake Ropeway
Hakone Shrine is a shrine that has been visited by shogun, samurai, and
many travelers over the centuries.
Large sections of the Old Tokaido road are preserved here. It is also known
as the Hakone Gongen.
Hakone-jinja was founded in 757. The original shrine was believed to be
at the summit of Mount Komagatake.
The shrine was relocated to the shores of Lake Ashinoko in 1667. Credit
for establishment is also given to
Priest Mangan, for pacifying the nine-headed dragon that lived at the bottom
of Lake Ashinoko.
(L) A flag of rising of Hakone Shrine (M) The entrance stone monument (R)
Grand Torii to the Hakone Shirine
(L) Stone steps and cedar trees of hundreds years of age
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(L) Ryujinsui water for ritual purification (R) Votive picture of horses
(L) Nine-headed dragon shrine (Shingu) (M) Haiden of Hakone Shrine (R)
Torii of Hakone Shrine at Lake Ashinoko
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The article was written and photography was taken in April 2017,
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