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... JR Minobu Line to Fujinomiya It was then quite a walk to the shrine, but it was beautiful when we got there. The grounds were bigger than we expected, and there were sections where you could drink spring water or take a bottle home with you after a donation (we didn't want to do it in case it wasn't appropriate for foreigners), and there were a few little shrines to some animal kami. We ate some 7-Eleven lunch in the shade of some cherry blossom trees, and we took in ...
... but it was nice to wonder
round. Mount Fuji did not want to reveal itself to us but we still
had a great time wondering the town and the Lake, going up to the
fifth station and of course the theme park. There are many more
hiking trails that we would have taken advantage of if we had been
there longer, with Mount Fuji being a place mainly for walkers; so if
you want bright lights and loads of things to see and do then maybe a
visit here shouldn't be your priority.
... some downhill through a winding forest road which spit me out into a river valley. At the edge of the forest, I came across what I thought looked like some kind of fish farm operation with tarps covering the river. However, as I rode further along, I realized it was a wasabi farm as they grow best in slow, flowing rivers. I was to learn later that the Izu Hanto is known for growing wasabi. After the farm, I continued to follow ...
... Tokyo beat Hiroshima 3-0 on the back of a 3 run homer and solid pitching from a young guy named Sugano who was pitching some great stuff.
All in all, it was a good day of riding followed up by a nice evening in the onsen hotel. I am impressed by the variety of riding in the various regions in Japan that I have been to. Although I haven't really ventured out of central Honshu, the cycling has been first rate.
... fingerprints and get my photo taken.
Everyone spoke English in Narita.
I grabbed my luggage, and found the JR office downstairs to get my rail pass exchanged. The guy there was brilliant. SO friendly. He reserved my seats for my trip to Shizuoka, even advising me not to change at Tokyo station but to change at Shinegawa. I can't believe how easy and efficient everything was. My flight got in at 7:00 and I would arrive at Shizuoka at 10:30 (exactly when ...