Travel Blogs from Atami
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 ...
... an almost 2 foot drop, no steps. Very RV-ish. That's after you've maneuvered yourself around the dining room table to get to the door. We often share the "inside" with "outside" critters. Like the five inch long centipede with articulated "gotcha-gotcha" legs, the tiny red worm in the bottom of my shower which I thought was a piece of thread until I saw it wriggle. (I'm pretty sure that's how the movie "Alien" began) and the snake on ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... the coast. As we crested one of the hills, we caught glimpses of houses and temples in the forest below.
Eventually, we came upon the Kuzuharagaoka temple on top of one of the hills, with several ponds, offerings to the gods, a band of wild cats and 3 vending machines. Hey, why not - there were 5 cafeterias on top of Mount Sinai - 3 vending machines is nothing around here! We paused for a moment to break some plates on a rock, ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking