Travel Blogs from Shizuoka
... been on it! So, we caught the bus up to the fifth station, just
above half way up at just over 200m high. Wow. It was bright above
the clouds and we finally saw the top of the highest mountain in
Japan. The view below was...cloudy! It was very beautiful and serene
though, especially after we walked up and away from the tourist
station, further round past the closed sections, to sit on a ledge
and listen to the silence and take in the fresh air, feeling the heat
... roads scattered throughout the mountains.
I started the day with another soak in the onsen before breakfast. After such a huge dinner the night before, I didn't have much appetite for breakfast but knew I needed to fuel up for the climb to come. After breakfast, I quickly changed and checked out. I consulted with the front desk about an alternative route for the initial climb out of town which proved to be a wise ...
After lunch, I turned up R18 which increased gradually for a few kms before the hairpin turns started. The higher I rode, the more the views opened up. However, it wasn't until I turned onto R127 that the vistas stood out. This was a fair bit of up and down riding but the views both out into the ocean looking at Shizuoka City and into the mountains were terrific. Plus, the roads were relatively quiet save the ...
... clothes, no computer, no street clothes and, hence, no need to bring along the saddle bag. The onsen will provide a yukata which I can wear inside the hotel to and from the dining room and the bathing area.
The routes will be hilly here and, although nowhere near the elevation of Shirane or Norikura, there is still lots of elevation gain to be had.
I will post again when I return to Mishima in a couple of days
... rail pass with both hands and bow* Arigato gozaimas! *receive with both hands and bow*) and since it was such a clear day… we could see Mount Fuji. With snow capping the top. Siiiigh. So beautiful. Then we hopped on a train to a part of Shizuoka that has a massive Gundam wing statue (robot thing from an anime). There was some hobby fair going on at the time, at one point I just couldn't help but laugh. There was nobody there, and yet they had people working the tents ...