Hotel Associa Shizuoka
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... but at least it gave someone else a chance to jump in and save me! I spot this really pretty Japanese girl sitting at the bar, her name is Tomoko and she is from a couple of towns over, the thing about people here in Japan there are incredibly shy, but if you approach them they really want to practice their English, and turns out I really want to practice my Japanese, so I pull up a stump and for the next 2.5 hours, Tomoko and I just talk ...
I woke up from our bender feeling amazing. That saki is fabulous, no hangover, no nausea, just a clear head with which to contemplate the catastrophic night before. Amanda was still asleep, as I left her at about 2:30, so I took the bathroom first this time, (the room is so small and cramped that we often had to head to the rooftop ...
... and found ourselves emerging onto the most impressive street either of us have seen. You are bombarded by advertising on every level of (again) enormous skyscraper structures. Many of these have garden spaces on various floors where families hang out. After picking up a nice meal on the twelfth level of one we tried, with difficulty, to find the famous Sony building among the cluster of different brands. When we eventually found it, we messed around with all the spec ...
The best about all is to see the shadow of mount Fuji in the clouds behind. The perfect pyramid is reflected and these pictures have to be taken, they wont stay long and disappear rapidly as the sun rises more and more.
Now the temperatures become more and more comfortable and we start to take the one hour walk around the crater. We can spot some snow that remains ...
... Half way up we pass them as they rest exhausted before the next attempt. We don't stop and continue our way up. As all the path is easy to follow (no one is allowed to use other than the official path), but steep, we pass the station 6, 7, and 8. We arrive at 22:30 at station 9a and decide to lodge there.
For a reasonable CHF 55.- per person we get a bunk bed with approximately 150 others and rest until 02:00 when the climbers ...