ad An absolutely fabulous festive experience at @thecarltontowerjumeirah recently: a Christmas twist on their afternoon tea accompanied by a glass of @ruinart ✨✨✨ #anna_approves #purpurpurpur_eatinghabits …
New Japanese blog is live at Purpurpurpur.co.uk: explore Hakone, devil valley, Ashi lake (and get a glimpse of Fuji), Odawara and our stay at Hyatt Regency 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 #purpurpurpur_guides🔎🌎 #purpurpurpur_hotels
Hakone town in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is famous mainly for two things: views over Mount Fuji (if you’re visiting in clear sunny weather, which is more likely to occur in winter) and onsens. It’s definitely an area to consider visiting in Japan: it’s best to reach from Tokyo or Osaka.
Ashi Lake Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is a large natural reserve not far away from Mt Fuji. Once you reach Ashi Lake (a crater lake also known as Ashinoko), you can choose your water vehicle for a lake ride. We took a so-called ‘pirate ship’ from Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and had a smooth ride with beautiful views over the forestry hills, and occasionally, you can see red torii on the shore. Unfortunately, we didn’t get lucky with a view as in spring, the air is quite often misty, and we barely saw Mt Fuji.
Owakudani After the pirate ship ride, we took the Hakone ropeway that frames Ashi Lake. It goes all the way to another unique natural sight: Owakudani, a volcanic valley with a sulphur pool and vents. Once you arrive at the station, you get a small wet towel if you need to get your nose covered: yes, the sulphur springs have a pretty strong aroma that you won’t mix with any other smell, so this towel might be really useful. You can walk around the designated area, and there is a shop and cafe near the entrance to the site. The one thing not to miss there are Black Eggs, or Kuro tamago 黒卵, boiled in sulphur water that turns their shell black. Make sure you try one just for an experience!
Where to stay in Hakone? We stayed in Hyatt Regency Hakone, Gora (Kanazawa prefecture), and this was probably my most memorable stay from my first trip to Japan. The hotel is a perfect combination of traditional and modern, with the rooms overlooking the National Park.
ad Let’s celebrate festive season with the best festive dishes 😍 We recently went to try the festive menu of @the_ivy_collection Kensington Brasserie: you can start your meal with a glass of @nyetimber or choose a festive cocktail: we went for Gingle-Bells fizz and non-alcoholic Festive Citrus Sparkler (@monkey47 @everleafdrinks)
🔹Our starters: Duck parfait with cranberry chutney and brioche Classic crispy Duck salad
🔹Our mains: Goose&Turkey shepherd’s pie and Pan-Fried marrocan style salmon
🔹Aaaand just look at this Polar Bear Christmas dessert: clementine, mandarin sorbet, white chocolate and spiced sauce 😍😍😍
Happy 1st of December- and I’m thrilled to start sharing festive content with you!✨✨✨ I wanted to visit Christmas at @kewgardens for ages but never managed to book tickets. This year the dreams came true, and I must sincerely tell that this is a fantastic experience. This is a three km long trail with different musical installations, a small food market, merry go round, Santa house and with the main shop open late. Beehive looks absolutely extraterrestrial and some alleys have Hogwards vibes. But my absolute fav were the singing fountains …
Thank you autumn, you’ve been amazing ✨ Our stay at King George hotel, Athens – and my guide to Ancient Greek and Roman monuments in Athens is live at Purpurpurpur.co.uk, link in bio #purpurpurpur_hotels …
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