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... at a riverside picnic. We finished our exploring with a stroll through the local souvenir shops.
Mike and Will both fell asleep on the second train getting home. Lots of Japanese people sleep on the train, so they fit in fine. Will was so exhausted that he slept through the train transfer and the final stint to our station. I reflected on our day and realized that I should take the bus more often. Will loves it and it will expand the places we can see without ...
... switch backs required becomes our nemesis) to the cable car, up a steep mountain where we learn that the ropeway is closed due to "seismic activity." Hmmm. I'm supposing someone would let us know, or we would see puffs of smoke if Fuji was about to blow. We reroute to a bus that takes us down to Lake Ashi where we board a boat, pass a few red "torii" gates and supposedly sweeping view of mt Fuji. I'll have to take their word. On a side ...
... your traditional robe but we didn't have time once we arrived so we headed straight for supper in the restaurant. Supper was a multi course meal highlighted by a shabushabu which is a hot pot that is full of broth that you cook vegetables and meat. The meat was thinly sliced pork that melted in your mouth. There was also a sashimi boat with about a dozen types of fish and a few other small dishes like tempura and tofu. It looked like tonnes of food when we first sat down but ...
Today at breakfast we were seated at the other side of the room where the printed placements reflected the names of the towers we could view. Yesterday's placements depicted that view and we pity the poor trainee who might muck the placemats up! After receiving such attention to her personal meal requirements, they must have been happy to wave Naomi off. Just as well we still had Kaoru (our guide) to help us navigate our way to Shinjuku station, though the unforgiving ticket gates ...
Best Laid Plans I had mixed feelings on our return to Japan. It felt strange going home to a place that doesn't quite feel like home. In addition, our post-Bali plans were not coming together as hoped. We originally tried to book Bali for ten days, but since we planned the trip with a month notice, we couldn't get a great deal for anything longer than a week. We decided we'd return from Bali and do a night or two away here. Unfortunately unknown to us until a ...