Dormy Inn Kofu
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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 ...
... I had bought yesterday in the wrong size for the new 60mm Olympus macro lens.
After that, we went to the other side of Kawasaki that we rarely venture into, to the Tokyu Hands Department store. It is much smaller than the one in Shinjuku. Joseph managed to buy a bottle of eau de cologne as he had forgotten to bring his from home. And not before time too. He was starting to pong a little.
We had to buy lunch at ...
... and wonder as well about all the human activities that we can spot. On the highest part of the mountain there is a automatic weather station and the top stations around the crater consist of shrines, restaurants for soups and other dishes, a post office and souvernir shops.
The crater gets now very crowded and more and more people arrive from the lower stations. ...
We can see mirads of people climbing the mountain, their head lights are visible in the night, Its like an ants nest, the people arrive slowly from different directions and occupy the crater.
The sunrise is taking longer than expected and we have to stay a while in the cold morning, but when you see the sun coming above the horizon and the place around you get into the sunlight - its an unforgettable experience.
... and offer great views of the surrounding area and of the changes in weather as you get higher and higher into the clouds.
All in all, it took me about 4 hours to reach the summit. In this time I had a few breaks from climbing and ate some food etc. I will warn that you bring plenty of food and drink with you as prices in the mountain cabins are a complete rip off. For example, a bottle of water ...