Okuchichibu Lake view
Travel Blogs from Chichibu
... to a volcano was not appealing. So on our final night here, instead of sheltering in a mountain hut in the middle of a typhoon, we had a nice Thai meal and then went on to murder music in the karaoke across the road! Frustratingly, when we awoke the next morning and drew back the curtains, there was Mount Fuji in all its glory. I'm glad to have seen it but it's hard not to be disappointed we mistimed our visit by just 24 ...
... train I met more Californians and we exchanged war stories. At Kawaguchiko Station, I was about to call K's Mount Fuji Hostel when a girl asked me if by any chance if I was going to a hostel and if it was K's. We both needed to be picked up by their shuttle. Storm as her friends call her is a Torontonian. Once we checked in, we grabbed dinner at a restaurant recommend by the hostel. It was recommended because they serve "chewy noodles" a local specialty. ...
... elicits wide-eyed wonder, but the rest of the meal is quite outstanding. The pizza would even appeal to RI brick-oven experts!
Back to the station, we wander through the now thick crowds like a set of ducklings. Two-by-two the Amy-Lily combo is easier to spot and keep track of than you might think and we manage to stay together despite some accordion-like expanding and contracting of the line.
The fun with Amy continues back at the home ...
... amp; went on a cruise around Lake Kawaguchi before driving up to the 5th station on Mt Fuji. It is the furtherest you can go by vehicle. We were now above the clouds and could see the top half of Fuji. We then headed to Hakone where we are staying over night. We arrived in Hakone at 6.00 time to check in have an up market Japanese tea & ...
... also the girl disappeared before returning with a small gift for me from a local store, all this despite travelling two stops past their destination to escort me! It never ceases to amaze me how helpful everyone is here, I can't imagine anyone doing that anywhere else? So I made it a few hours later to Fujiyoshida and decided to head to the nearby Kawaguchiko lake while the weather was reasonably clear, on arrival it seemed Kawaguchiko was the ...
Other places to stay in Chichibu
2-3-18 Nosaka-machi, Chichibu | 3 star hotelfrom $118
5911-1 Kamimiyajimachi, Chichibu | Hotelfrom $147
1294-1 Yamada, Chichibu | Hotelfrom $118
542 Arakawahino, Chichibu | Hotelfrom $332
483-2 Shimoyoshida, Chichibu | Hotelfrom $146
5-1 Miyakawacho, Chichibu | Hotelfrom $80