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... in under 2 minutes at rush hour while carrying big backpacks, is it really going to be the fastest way?
A minor typhoon passing by to the west meant more wet weather the following morning. Luckily, it was a short hop to the Tokyo subway, which took us to the JR station at Ueno, where we connected to a different train bound for Shinjuku station. We missed the rapid train outbound from there, so took a local train onwards, requiring one ...
... got to work that night :)
Unfortunately I was not able to make an pictures climbing up, it was just to dark. But it looked incredible, to see the clouds beneath you with the moon reflecting on it.The mountain just a shadow on each side of you, reminding you how steep it actually is.
There are a few platform's on the way to the top, to rest. However none of them have shelters, meaning you are the whole night exposed to ...
... the hell? Who cries at Sesame Street? And I wasn't feeling sad. I couldn't figure it out. Then I realized the crying was about acceptance and gratitude. Maybe Japan isn't what I thought it would be. Perhaps a lot of our outings won't be perfect and grandiose and romanticized. But we are here. We are here to live. Luckily we get to explore and have adventures, but our first priority is to be parents and responsible adults and sometimes that's not so fun. But that's life. ...
Left our capsule hostel at 6am to get a direct bus to the start of our trail, Yoshida 5th Station (about 2.5 hours south west of Tokyo. Started hiking at 10am Surprised at how much 'climbing' was required rather than hiking. This is definitely not a trek you just decide to do there and then. Made it to our mountain hut for the night called Fujisan hotel before any other guests arrived. The temperature was much colder than what we've been used to. Bunk beds in the mountain hut were like ...
... just conquered. All tired but completely relaxed, the bus ride back to Tokyo was very, very quiet.
So, I started by saying that I scratched two activities from my list. Just four days after returning from Mt Fuji I attended Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, one of the biggest of all the summer festivals in Japan. Been there, done that, and ended up with over 400 pictures because I did so much more than just the festival! I'll save it for the next story, which will hopefully appear ...
Other places to stay in Minami Alps
Shimobe Onsen, Minami Alps | 3 star hotelfrom $92