It was late in the afternoon when I left the Hakone Checkpoint and went back to Hakone-machi to catch a short ride on one of the lake’s sightseeing boats. A gap in the clouds had formed over the central part of Lake Ashinoko as the sightseeing boat approached the pier but it was still raining in the southern part of the lake where I was.
As the sightseeing boat pulled away from the pier I got another look at the Hakone Checkpoint.
The sightseeing boat was only taking me about 10 minutes north to Moto-Hakone but along the way it passed by Lake Ashinoko’s famous torii gate. I couldn’t tell how long the line was for getting photos of the gate but it seemed like there were at least 50-100 people waiting their turn. When the boat reached Moto-Hakone I got off and then waited for the next bus that would take me back to Hakone-Yumoto, where my hostel was located. It was been a miserable day in terms of the weather but I had still managed to get quite a bit of sightseeing done, and I would still be around for much of the next day in case the weather improved.