Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa
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... get views and photos of Fuji would be from the other side of one of the 5 lakes that surround fuji. I headed for lake kawaguchiko, the biggest of them and spent most of the day walking around it, walking a total of 11 miles. The lake is reminiscent of on of the Italian lakes and was nice enough even without Fuji being there. By mid afternoon I finally got the view I'd been hoping ...
... etc. The highlight however was the 25ft tall statue of the 11 headed Kannon, which as legend has it, washed up on shore in the 7th century in order to save the land having been thrown into the sea years before in a far away place in japan (Unfortunately no photos were allowed of Kannon). I spent most of the rest of my time in kamakura following the hiking trails that linked the many shrines along the hillside. This took me uphill through dense woodland ...
... one and ninety minutes for another, everything else was pretty quick though and there were only a couple of things we missed out. Three of the coasters had world records, although I'm not sure their records still stand. We did the (once) fastest, the one with the biggest gradient drop and Dunk & the kids did the tallest (I bottled that one!). The most notable thing about it though was Mount Fuji itself, as ...
... today but the weather was lousy, it just poured all day long. We persevered with the funicular railway, the cable cars, the visit to the top of the still active volcano (not the one that just went off though!). We did the 'pirate' cruise ship down Lake Ashi (where you should be able to see Fujisan) but it was all like walking in a cloud and ...
... carriages regularly and doesn't charge like British Rail! We reckoned on there being about 1600 seats on these trains and they are every half hour or so between Tokyo and Kyoto and they are busy. I'm sure the stats are amazing. The cutest thing though are the guards, every time they come into or leave a carriage they turn and bow to everyone. Sweet. We also picked up the ...