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Japan has been a culinary expedition as we've worked our way through the staple food groups: soba, udon, ramen, sushi, miso, teppanyaki, bento box, etc. Usually with some mysterious item such as weird ginger, tiny purple dumplings, odd vegetables. So I was munching through my vegetables (with pork of course) when I came across a strange clear-ish item with black specks which had the remarkable consistency of jelly. It ...
... busiest in the world)
3. Express train from Shinjuku to Otsuki, through the mountains
4. Rickety mountain-climbing train from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko station, at the base of Mount Fuji
5. Bus from Kawaguchiko, with all the backpackers, to Kawaguchiko fifth station (2305m)
Transit time = approximately 3 hours
So somewhere around 1:30pm, we found ourselves surrounded by busloads ...
... the guy next to you. The mattress was really uncomfortable too. If I do it again I'll start later and hike all night to avoid this. I started hiking again at 1 am, to make the summit for sunrise. Tons of people are climbing at this time too, and you can see the lights stretching up the mountain.
Sunrise was really beautiful. The peak is way above the clouds and you can see forever. There was a ton of people up there but there is lots of space around the ...
... sun rose, the sky was still a spectacular sight to behold, and as the sun started to appear above the clouds everyone on the summit erupted into a mass round of applause and cheers. It truly was one of the most spectacular things that I have ever witnessed and one which I will cherish for the rest of my life. After sunrise we walked to see the crater in the middle, Fuji is, after all, a volcano (it has not erupted for 600 years, though, but experts predict it will erupt ...
... a really pleasant atmosphere.
It was the almost perfect antidote to a very difficult couple of days, and a great way to rewind with some really cool people and a fruity beer. Now that I think about it, you can reverse those two adjectives.
The ACTUAL perfect antidote came a little while after, when I stumbled in to my bed. Tired, but happy and contented with my accomplishment, I closed my eyes and fell into a deep and dreamless sleep.