(as seen on September 14th, 2001,
on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki
This tribute to a rough road was written after
the ascent from Odawara to Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture. These
are Stations #9 and 10 respectively (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido
Highway. You can read about my climb in my Logbook. You may also choose to start reading about
journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki
|Here are several images of the beautiful--but
brutal--stone paving I encountered on my way up to Hakone.
||This is part of the
first stretch encountered, near Hakone Kannon Temple. These
stones are the worst kind: round.
|This is part of the long stretches
above Saunji Temple, which weave in and out of the vehicle road.
These flat stones are much easier walking, but slipping is a
||These flowers were actually part of
someone's yard, growing just before the stairs that lead up to
the road in Hatajuku.
|After toiling up the stairs, this
section is relatively flat, and runs for about three kilometers
past the Amazakejaya teahouse and up to the top. These stones were
||The light at the end of the tunnel:
nearing Ashinoko Lake. The stones here are interspersed