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... photos). The ice that was there looked like blocks. Still, it was cool to be in a lava tube. After the ice cave, I decided I didn't need to check out the "Wind Cave" and the "Bat Cave" so I instead enjoyed a long, scenic bus ride around Lake Saiko and got off back around Lake
Kawaguchiko, near that big bridge separating the lake, as seen in one of the pictures. For a hoot, I decided to check out the one of the local museums that ...
... swims (or floats, or rests on the bottom) in the ocean, you can probably get it at the Tsukiji market. We took time in the afternoon to buy groceries for a couple days, anticipating hungry bellies as we hike up and down Mt. Fuji. The evening was devoted to trying to figure out Japan’s sometimes confusing rail network in an effort to find the best way to Kawaguchiko, our jumping-off point for Fuji. When the fastest way requires ...
We arrived at the top, 3,776 m height, in good time. we enjoyed a really expensive coffee and noddle soup at the one station hut near the crater.
Viewing the sunrise was amazing! Suddenly, it was all bright and and the view across all the nearby mountains was spectacular. You can get really close to the crater which was surprising for me.
After freezing but beautiful hour off watching the sunrise, it was time for the way ...
... 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 ...