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... the background. The most beautiful view we had seen so far.
Setting up the beds was a little difficult; luckily, the hotel provided us with a small pamphlet that explained in detail how to make up our Japanese futon beds on a tatami mat. The room turned into a huge mattress where we would then rest our ...
... day we hiked around town (which is all uphill towards the mountain) and enjoyed exploring the very old and very large temple at the foot of the mountain that was dedicated to the pilgrims who came and still come from all parts of Japan to see or climb Mount Fuji. The shrine was serenely quiet and nestled amid a forest of young ceders with a few more ancient trees scattered about. Since we were visiting in the off season we had ...
... the trees led us to a very large torii that was built in the waters of Ashinoko along the treeline. Images of this gate, the lake, and Mt. Fuji were advertised all over this region, and it was all quite beautiful to see in person.
There were these small swan peddle boats all over the lake that we couldn't resist and rented one for 30 minutes. Geez, were these things inefficient! We both peddled ...
... cream (I was craving ice cream for days!) and walked a few minutes from the station to our ryokan.
We couldn't check in until 2pm unfortunately so we left our luggage and went exploring. Amusingly, we saw the attendant cleaning our luggage wheels in order to keep their establishment clean; how Japanese! Since this was a mountainous region, we climbed a rather steep hill in the baking heat to find Gora Park, and instead decided to eat lunch ...
... monkeys along the way!!!! So a good day.
Today was also a nice day but very hazey. You could see the mountain OK but the few photos I took look quite washed out. Walked right around Lake Kawaguchi-ko and around the little town a bit. I would have climbed Mt Fuji but the season to climb does not start until July 1st. Yeah right!!!!
As you can see there is still a lot of snow on ...
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