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I woke up this morning to the sound of heavy rain and wind. There was a Typhoon coming from the south, and the Mt. Fuji area was in it's path. Today was going to be a day of patience. There was not much to do but just wait it out. By lunch time things were settling down, and for those of us in the hostel that was good. Two couples from Spain were hoping to have ...
... bike. All fueled up, and a route planned, I wanted to get a feel for Mt. Fuji. The road I decided to ride was called the Subaru line. At the start there is a toll of 200 yen for cyclist's. It is the longest, with easiest grade, and takes you the highest. The road ends at Station 5, which was about 24km from the toll booth. The road was very clean, quiet, and nice to ride. The tough part was the sun warming up everything making it feel very sticky. I did not plan to ride all the way ...
Today was mostly a travel day. But before that I had a big decision on whether or not to use a Japanese toilet to it's fullest potential. In the end I chickened out, see attached pictures for the explanation. Getting to the Mt. Fuji area was not going to be a problem it was just going to take a little while. It required four different trains, starting with a Shinkansen and ending up with Thomas. Yes the mighty Thomas train. For how slow this train was going it sure made a lot ...
... at Kawaguchiko fifth station, the halfway point up the mountain, as well as a typical start point for most hikers.
The one saving point was the fact that, as we rounded one of the the many turns on the last leg of the journey, the clouds broke and we finally caught view of the majestic Fujisan, watching over our trek. And from what people have told us, it is a rare thing to see Mount Fuji pop out ...
... disappears before I get to the summit. The wind is still heavy, but I find a place to tuck in and eat my peanut butter sandwich, as the sky starts to get light. As the sun starts to rise, it is amazingly beautiful. All the effort was definitely worth it.
On friday I took a bus from Tokyo to the 5th station on Yoshida trail on the north side of the mountain. There are ten stations up each of three different trails to the top of the mountain. Station 1 being ...
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