Shizuoka Grand Hotel Nakajimaya
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... before dinner. The guy here had recommended a couple of local places to try. One sounded good but when we walked in the lady told us no more and she left?? So we went to the one right across the street. They had home cooking style meals and I chose the katsudon, pork rice bowl, which had become my favourite meal here. Scotty went for the ginger pork setto and enjoyed that as well. The smaller places are much nicer to stay in, great home style meals in simple ...
... but at least it gave someone else a chance to jump in and save me! I spot this really pretty Japanese girl sitting at the bar, her name is Tomoko and she is from a couple of towns over, the thing about people here in Japan there are incredibly shy, but if you approach them they really want to practice their English, and turns out I really want to practice my Japanese, so I pull up a stump and for the next 2.5 hours, Tomoko and I just talk ...
... lobby vending machines when the other person needed some 'personal' time) and got myself ready for the trip out to Kyoto. I could hear Amanda wake up and complain about her butt and feet, and I have to say I felt very bad about inflicting that on her, and it was a shocking sight..... But moving on. While she screamed her way ...
... our descent and walk slowly down. Now the suffering starts as climbing down is becoming the bigger challenge than the hike up. The gravel is loose and you have to pick carefully where to step without loosing the balance.
Now I regret that I wear soft shoes and my toes start to hurt. The climbing down takes all of our forces and we think that we have used the same amount of time as going up.
... station where the bus departs to station 5 on the Fuji
This is the highlight of the trip and we start in the evening from the Fujinomyia station on 2400m. The temperatures are still very high and as we go they are falling as the sun sets.
There are many people on the way down and all pass with a kind greeting "Konichiwa". As experienced climbers we adopt a steady slow walking style and get passed by groups of younger ...