Tonight, we stayed at the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko, which had its own hot spa and was only 10 steps from Kawaguchi-ko Lake.

Breakfast of Fish cake, Fish, Egg, Miso Soup and Daikon and Pork Oden at the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko

At the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko, we had a breakfast of fish cake, salted fish and egg with congee, miso soup, and daikon (white radish) with pork in an oden.

Traditional Japanese bedroom with Tatami mats and Futons, at the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko

We slept in a traditional Japanese bedroom with Tatami mats and futons.

Mum and I in our Yukata robes at the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko

Mum and I dressed up in the Yukata robes the Hotel had provided.

Dinner of smoked whitefish, pickled shallot, tempura and octopus at the Royal Hotel Kawaguchiko

Dinner of smoked whitefish, pickled shallot, tempura and a donabe of octopus and vegies.

In our Yukata robes at dinner

Wearing a yukata robe at dinner…

Mt Fuji

The hotel was walking distance to Mt Fuji!

Gotemba peace park - scent of natural civilisation, Buddha statue

This is the Peace Park at Gotemba. Also known as the Scent of Natural Civilisation garden.

Gotemba peace park - scent of natural civilisation garden

A lovely Japanese garden inside the Gotemba Peace Park.

tempura

At lunch, we were taken to a random restaurant. We were served tempura with…

udon

Udon

Yunessun Hot Springs Spa Resort

The rest of the day was spent at the Yunessun hot springs spa resort which is located in Hakone. Too bad I couldn’t take photos inside…

Green tea and Mango soft ice cream at Yunessun

And to end the day, I had the green tea soft cream, and Mum had the mango flavour. If only McDonalds had these flavours in its soft-serve cones.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.