Though the weather was dark and rainy last weekend, Hakone was still a beautiful sight! It was really nice visiting Odawara Castle and seeing the past still standing in the present. I was really excited because there was a really nice view from the top of the castle; you could see the surrounding land and the leaves starting to change colour. Most importantly, I could see the sea! I feel like I haven’t seen the sea, or been near it in a long time, since I was used to having beaches close and easily accessible to me where I lived. Maybe I’ll come across one on one of my adventures soon! I did get to visit Lake Ashi, however, which looked so beautiful and peaceful with the surrounding mountains and mist. With the bright red colour set amongst the dark trees and glassy surface of the lake, the torii gates and the shrine there was also quite a sight to behold! I’m really happy I have the opportunity to be able to experience different parts and aspects of Japan like this, I still can’t believe it!