I had an over-night stay at Hakone this week. This area is famous for Onsen and a race called "Hakone Ekiden".
Again, I did not have time to go sightseeing, but yesterday morning, I could do a very hilly run in this beautiful area - including a part of the Ekiden race.
It is surrounded by mountains - this is a view from my hotel.
A beautiful stream was seen from a road.
Japanese bush clover flowers were beautiful.
A railroad crossing of Hakone Tozan Train.
A typical of a very hilly roads. The maximum altitude change was some 180 m (590 ft) for this run.
As with anywhere in Japan was a shrine (Kumano Shrine).
A hiker walks down a hill from the shrine.
I truly enjoy hill runs, although it is very challenging.