Shizuoka Grand Hotel Nakajimaya
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... climbing season may be better so you
can safely walk more of the mountain as there is not really a lot to
do at the fifth station if not walking. Don't expect to see much of
Mount Fuji, the whole time we were there there was not one clear
enough day to see it in its glory!
visit soon, as it is said to be due to erupt next year!
Fujisan was a strange ghost town (but I guess we went out of season
and din't have much luck with ...
... had booked for the night. This was an older facility that was showing some age but still in good shape. My tatami room was huge, had an ocean view and could comfortably sleep six (since there were six futons stacked in the futon cupboard). I had a great wash and soak in the onsen facility and then a huge meal served in my room. I ate alone watching baseball on Japanese TV. It must be the playoffs as there seemed to be a lot ...
... up because it is really expensive on the mountain. I was probably carrying 40 lbs on my back, so not too bad. I think I've got my load out for this trip really well done. Anyway, the trail has a few switchbacks but it is really steep and goes pretty much directly up the mountain.
I stayed at a hut on the 8th station for half the night. It wasn't really worth it. It cost $65 and you get to sleep shoulder to shoulder with strangers and share the ...
... beers, (or girly fruit based drinks if your name happens to be Ali) which we now opened as we turned our heads toward the sky.
It is hard to say exactly why it was so much better than anything else I had previously seen, but it may have something to do with trying to describe a fireworks display I saw whilst half-asleep almost 2 months ago. In any case, it was really good, and I can only hope that where my literary skills/memory ...
... corn snacks and some instant noodles and stalked home in disgust.
The next day after work I had it all planned out. Chicken, mushroom and tarragon pasta in a cream & cheese sauce. The supermarket had everything I needed; ok so the only pasta you can buy here is spaghetti and they don't do cheddar, but in the end I had made a very respectable Italian dish that both comforted me and satisfied my desire for Western food.
For now at least...