We started smelling sulphur in the air even before we arrived at Owakudani.
Owakudani (大涌谷) is a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents and hot springs in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was created around 3000 years ago, as a result of the explosion of the Hakone volcano. Today, much of the area is an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced.
Additionally, Owakudani has good views of Mount Fuji on clear days, we did see some parts of Mount Fuji that day!
I wasn’t sure whether sulphur gas has any health benefit, but sulphur is definitely good for skin. We stayed nearby hotel overnight to enjoy the bath in hot spring and traditional Japanese grand banquet. I did feel a complete relaxation after bath and the feast.
While we were at Owakudani, we saw an advertise of black eggs hard boiled in the water containing sulphur. It told the tourists that one egg could make a person seven years younger. Being attracted by such a great deal, each of us bought one. The egg looked black on its shell but looked and tasted as an ordinary egg inside. We ate and sat there to wait for the magic moment – seven years younger. Nothing unusual happened on that day and following days. Looking in front of mirror at home, I still saw the same amounts of blemishes on my face as before. Practicing yoga on mat, I still couldn’t do the posture I easily did seven years ago.
Despite of disappointment by unable to turn seven years younger, we did have a great time at Owakudani.
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