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... at a riverside picnic. We finished our exploring with a stroll through the local souvenir shops.
Mike and Will both fell asleep on the second train getting home. Lots of Japanese people sleep on the train, so they fit in fine. Will was so exhausted that he slept through the train transfer and the final stint to our station. I reflected on our day and realized that I should take the bus more often. Will loves it and it will expand the places we can see without ...
... switch backs required becomes our nemesis) to the cable car, up a steep mountain where we learn that the ropeway is closed due to "seismic activity." Hmmm. I'm supposing someone would let us know, or we would see puffs of smoke if Fuji was about to blow. We reroute to a bus that takes us down to Lake Ashi where we board a boat, pass a few red "torii" gates and supposedly sweeping view of mt Fuji. I'll have to take their word. On a side ...
... way station and once back in town we scrambled to sort out a plan B. It was going to take too long to get back to the lake with any light left so we hopped on a bus and went to the base of another mountain to see the silver grass in bloom. Fall is apparently the best time to see the grass which is about 6-7 feet high and has a silver colour to it. We got there a bit too late for pictures in good light but the sunset reflecting off the clouds made for some pretty cool ...
... the window. WOW, I saw Mt. Fuji for the first time in person (see the pictures). I know its cliche to say, but I found the symmetry of the mountain was just amazing and really loved looking at the view. But it was time to explore. I had a plain "Western" style breakfast at the hostel of buttered toast, some yogert, and coffee, and picked up lunch at the local convient store (they have them EVERYWHERE in Japan) before meeting up with some ...
... our 'regional' train to Hakone. From the station it was about a half hour drive to the cable car, not unlike driving the windy roads of Mt Buffalo. Unfortunately the cable car was not running but we were happy with our day's activities. First to the shrine where the cedar trees were huge. After wandering through the main hall we were fortunate to see a traditional wedding party and then some cute little kids all decked out in traditional garb. Kaoru explained that at age 3 both ...