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大涌谷 Owaku-dani Valley

  • Nature / Scenic spots
  • Around Hakone
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Around Hakone
1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/16

Live seven years longer eating black egg cooked in Owakudani!

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<Important Notice>
The entry to the Owakudani area is prohibited due to volcanic activity at the Mount Hakone.
Attention: The Hakone Ropeway is not operating currently.

Owakudani is a valley with hydrogen sulfide gas. You can approach there either by car or by Hakone Ropeway. It is located at about 1,000m above sea level. Right after you open the door of the car or get off the ropeway, you will smell sulfur which is a strange way to welcome people!

If you walk up the hill and get closer to the smoke area, you will find boiling pond. This is the place where black egg is cooked. They put the normal white chicken eggs into the boiling pond to make chemical reaction. The calcium on the surface of the egg reacts with the iron contained in the pond and makes the eggshell black. You can buy 5 eggs for ¥500 (JPY). It looks weird but if you take off the shell, inside is a normal boiled egg. It is said that if you eat the egg, you can live seven years longer! The unique thing is a ropeway used only to carry the eggs.

This is also a good place to view Mt. Fuji. On the clear day, you will see a great view of the mountain.

Owakudani is located in the middle of Hakone Round Trip Route by using variety of transportation. There are many restaurants and souvenir shops. So this is a good place to stop during your adventurous journey.

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