Hakone: Where you ride in, look at, and soak in a lot of stuff

Hello World!
Where I’m from in Japan, this is what Hakone is like. So this is the obento we eat at that train. And you can see what you want to buy. You can get karaage, and you can get onigiri, and you can get one in a Shinkansen. Do you know what kind of train this is? This is a “Romance Car.” “Romance Car”… Oh…so it’s romantic in there? I don’t think it’s romantic, but it’s just called “Romance Car.” Ah. Oh, look at that! Itadakimasu! What did you think of the train ride? It was good. I saw lots of farms, and Fuji-san, and lots of mountains, and it was very cool. Yeah, everybody loves taking pictures of Fuji-san. You think that’s normal, or do you think people made that? I think they put rocks and put big rocks together and they made it. I thought most of the walk was very beautiful, but I was a bit surprised by all the pipes you could see. What is this place called? “Hien no Taki.” Well, this is actually a famous waterfall, or something. Did you wanna go into the water? Yeah, but it looks so cold. You’re feeding goldfish. Kingyo, right? There’s Koi, and Kingyo and Kingyo, even if it’s an adult, it’s still kind of small. Oh I see. So they look like big goldfish, but they’re actually Koi? Yeah. So this is the valley we went to and it’s snuggled in between the mountains. What did you think of it, Aiko? Lots of fields, and there are lots of nature, and they’re so beautiful. What did you think about this type of train? Well, it’s kinda different from the usual ones that we go on, and it looked kind of old. Haha, yeah. I think it looked old, because it was old. Oh. And, how many tunnels did we go through? Do you remember? Well, it’s a lo-o-ot of tunnels. Why was this steaming? Because it was Onsen water. This is the room we slept in. When we went there, it had snacks waiting for us. I really loved the view. Yup. Oh, wow! Look at all this food! I liked the soup. It was so yummy! I like trading some of the food I don’t like to other people so they can give me food that I do like. Ha, ha, ha! I think I’d rather have the kid’s meal, honestly. Yeah. I wanted adult’s meal. Really? Yeah. Oh. We totally should have just switched dishes, then. Yeah, ha, ha! Oh. I really liked this. It was kind of raining/sunny at the same time. Oh, and here is breakfast. Wow! There are just so many dishes! Yup. Can you actually eat all the dishes? I don’t know if I can eat it all by myself. Well, did you? Well… no. You had to cook your own food? Yup. How was the ofuro, Shin? Good! Good! We are going to go into a private family bath. Shin. So, what are those baskets for, Shin-chan? For your clothes!!! OK. Put your clothes in. Shin. Shin. Don’t put yourself in there. No. It’s not for the entire you! It is! Shin. It is! Ugh! So we put the bath- our clothes in the basket, so we didn’t go to the ofuro. All right. Aaaaah! Don’t show us. Here we go! Come on in! I will wash my body and go there. And we have body soap, conditioner and shampoo. So, cut that. We need to wash. The best thing about doing an onsen with your son is he can scrape your back for you! This is real hot spring water, so it kind of smells like rotten eggs. How does it feel, Shin-chan? Good. Good. Good. And poor Shin-chan has bug bites all over his face, because mosquitoes got into our room last night. You can’t jump in the onsen. We can’t put the towel in the onsen. We can’t swim in the onsen. Bad! Ba-a-ad! So this is a private onsen, so that’s why we’re allowed to film in here, and we also didn’t use the towels before we put them in the onsen, because you don’t wanna do that, because you get soap on the towels and it gets dirty, but we never did that, so it was fine that we put the towels in the onsen, just for showing you what not to do. Do you know what this is called? I think is kind of motorail. Motorail? I don’t know. Mountainrail? I really don’t know. I’ll look it up and then I might put it on the screen after. But it climbs up the mountain, right? Yup. The roof from the top of the mountain is pulling this train up. I thought it was a pretty ride. Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup.
Yup. Yup. Yup. Oh. There. That’s the pulley. Oooh! Oh, it’s steaming! Yeah. It looks like it’s broken. Hey, Aiko, what is that? Orange cola. Well, it doesn’t taste bad. Ha, ha, ha! It doesn’t mean it tastes good either. This reminds me of Whistler, back in Canada. Oh! Yeah! Right? Peak gondola? Yup. Look! Pirate ships. Well, they’re not actual pirates. What are you doing to him? No! What are you doing to him? Daddy! Don’t steal my captain! No, no. He’s my captain! Come back here! That’s my captain! Well, is this a big swan? Yeah. Giant swans. Bam!
Bam! What did you think of this boat ride? Well, I didn’t see any fish and it just looked like a big pool. Well, that’s pretty much what a lake is. Well, yeah. This is were we ate. Yeah. I thought it was pretty good for a restaurant that’s just like a tourist type of restaurant. Yeah. It was so… beautiful. Mm-hm. What kind of shop is this, Aiko? This is a gift shop. And what kind of stuff can you buy? You can buy Hakune’s famous food and stuff. Do you have to buy gifts for people? No, but I’ll buy gifts. A few hundred years ago, when people were traveling, they had to stop here. But this is not the real place. Well, this was actually the real place. Yeah. It was. They rebuilt it. So this is not… It wasn’t like new like this, but it really did exist in that exact spot. When people traveled, they had to go through this check point. She is mad, and then she is sad. So a big reason they were inspecting people was because they wanted to prevent the wives and children of the lords from leaving Tokyo. Those lords would not disobey the shogun, because their families would be in danger if they did. You need to go to jail. Aiko, you go in there too because you’re bad. “Prison.” No…! Help… me! Can I go out now? Fine. Hey, what did you think about this toilet? Well, it looks kind of weird and I don’t wanna go in. We made it. Thanks for watching! See you next time! Bye! What’s a family getaway like where you’re from? You have to go closer, remember? And your voice has to be here. You see? Aaaah! Wow! Please, please don’t hurt my ears.


  1. I'm going to hakone and this time I'm buying the free pass and will try to see most of the tourist locations you showed. Usually I just go for the onsen and food but I'm staying overnight this time too. Thanks for the video.

  2. I been there fujishan before it is very cool up there but in a shop they have a small fire for you can warm your self up

  3. hold on, can i ask a question? I've always been wondering why they call Koi fish "Koi" fish. i know that koi means love so, if i put it together, it comes out to be "love fish" and why is that? is there a special meaning to why their called "Love fish"?

  4. When I lived in Japan (I was a little bitty thing. We lived in Okinawa) my mother and I used to go to the Onsen together.
    I loved being there because I could have quiet time and then walk on the little stones when I couldn't be in the hotter baths.
    If I ever had the chance, I would return to the Onsen I went to as a child

  5. its a beautiful place ๐Ÿ™‚ we stayed at shinanoki ichinoyou and it was amazing. beautiful room, view, and private onsen! loved it, so relaxing.

  6. I just spent the last 2 weeks in Japan and watching your video's helped me know just a bit. We were in Hakone for only half a day so we did not get to explore as much as we wanted to. I wish I would have seen this video before we went to our onsen.

  7. Romance Car trains are called that because there are no armrests between the seats – so if you want to you and your seatmate can have a cuddle. I sweat to God I am not making that up.

  8. My family and I enjoy your videos and inspired us to get our videos together of our traveling all over Japan so far. Please check us out and maybe we can collaborate a travel video together or meet up with our families together. We are currently living in Yokosuka and have started our channel "JML Family".

  9. I love ur videos, the delivery is simple but sooooo entertaining
    I love ur kids, they r such a cute (Shin) and smart (Aiko) ๐Ÿ˜ญโค
    I really wanna go to Japan ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โคโค

  10. Your videos are great. Recently addicted! Sometimes it's hard for me to believe I was actually in Japan. These videos make me want to go back so bad!

  11. Great video! I just wish there was more info on the names of the places you visited and stayed ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you share?

  12. The special trains to Hakone are called romance cars because the seats don't have centre armrests like most trains, which means couples can snuggle up to each other.

    Also they have the special observation cars at each end which I guess makes it more romantic.

  13. Youre sooo …..cute:) and you speak soooo… sofly- sweet:) Makes me wanna hug you:) You must be a good girl, and intelligent. Your parents must be so proud of you:)

    God bless!:)

  14. We have something called Hakone Gardens where I am, kinda lame compared to the real thing but I guess it's something.


    I am lucky to live in a part of the US with a lot of Japanese stuff, and grew up in another part of the US with even more Japanese stuff so I know to appreciate it!

  15. Hakone is really beautiful and family friendly. My kids had a great time at the open air museum and riding the pirate ship on Lake Ashi. We found their messaging service to be really helpful and valuable. www.hakone-japan.com

  16. Great video I like how you actually show them and do it and then tell them not to do it that was very clever This is my favorite video and I love all

  17. Great video. I really want to visit Japan again. I can't decide where I should take my family but so far Hakone, Atami and DisneySea are on my radar!

  18. hi How long did it take you to start from Yumoto and go back to Yumoto? Iโ€™m wondering if all the sightseeing (excluding the ryokan) can be done in a day. Thank you for the video.

  19. Yโ€™all i just realised his nameโ€™s Shin-chan ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  20. Hakone?.. Interesting my middle name is Hakon and yet it is pronounced slightly different. Tripping me out man.

  21. I thought it said "BOTH ARE CRAP"
    I had to rewatch the clip again to make sure and it said "BOTH ARE CARP"

  22. How do you navigate yourself around Japan? As in which train to take, where to stop, should you take bus or train, etc?

  23. Do u both like shin chan ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”(it's an anime) that's my favorite cartoon ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  24. Went to Hakone last month as a stop-over while traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto. Unfortunately, I only had time to travel around the park with one stop at the Hakone Yuryo Onsen at Tonosawa station. The gondola was closed due to increased volcanic activity. The Hakone Tozan train ride was beautiful and well worth the trip, especially going through the switchbacks!

    The next time I visit Japan, I'll make an effort to stay in the area for a couple of days and visit the many sites I didn't get to see

  25. The only thing that I dont like is that you have to get naked in the hot spring,why cant everyone use swimming shorts, I dont want to see other people's genitals. A person should have some self respect, and not show his naked body

  26. Your video is super monetized. Seriously? The sad thing is, I didnโ€™t even get to your video due to two commercials playing back to back… Sad!

  27. what a wholesome channel. i'm so glad humanity is able to produce these kinds of videos. this will be in our history forever.

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  29. What "weird" toilet is still a popular basic design of toilet in otherwise civilized countries. I don't know how many times I've been forced to stand and pee into a whole in the floor, with urine splattered all over the place from previous persons. Absolutely revolting frankly and should be deemed a crime against humanity year 2020.

  30. So cute familly, you can feel love and respect and fun! Thanks 4 sharing! Hugs from Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ You are invited!

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