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Ōwakudani valley, Hakone
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View from the road past Ōwakudani valley in Hakone, Japan. Steam and sulphur rise out of the ground in this area, the name "Ōwakudani" literally means "Great Boiling Valley".

In the distance is Kamiyama, the highest peak in Hakone. The area is popular with tourists for its mountains and hot springs.

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Uploaded: 24/02/2012
Updated: 01/09/2014
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