Hotel Associa Shizuoka
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... village streets in the magical quiet of the evening, wearing the yukata gown supplied by your inn.
Nakasendo Day 2 - Tsumago to NojiriLonger Option :
Walking distance : 18.4km
Elevation gain : 723m of ascent and 644m of descent
Time required : About 6 hoursShorter Option :
Walking distance : 3.7km
Elevation gain : 101m of ascent and 117m of descent
Time required : About 1 hoursThe longest day (about 6 hours) ...
Praying for good weather conditions, we left Kawaguchi by bus to climb Mt Fuji. Arrived at the 5th station around 9pm.
The 5th station is basically the end of the tree-line on the mountain.
We aimed to be at the top of Mt Fuji around 4:30 am in order to see the sunrise. The climb should take around 5-6 hours. An hour on the Mountain and another 3 hours to go back to the 5th station in order to catch the first bus back to Kawaguchi ...
8 km walk from walk Magemo to Tsumago.
The guide book and the tourist information centre told me that it would take 3hours to walk it.
However I only had 2, as I got up way to late to actually do this walk. What can I say i did it in 1 1/2 hours :)
Rock'n Roll!!!! found the coolest little coffee shop in Tsumago.
... and victoriously returned from the 3,776 m (12,388 ft) top. We plan on making the climb, but logistically need to figure out a 20 hour babysitter first. I thought it'd be great to at least see the mountain and bring Will along too. Despite paying our respects at the Komitake shrine and asking for a wonderful day, things weren't going so great. The fog wasn't letting up, so there were no views to behold. I knew Will would want to walk at least part of the way which ...
... 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 ...