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... really enjoy my privacy: an onsen is so much better than taking a regular bath at home!
Back in my room I first had to prepare my bed, since I had a classic tatami-room with futon (first time!). After two nights I'm still not sure what to make of it. It's special, but I definitely prefer the comfort of my box spring.
But I didn't go to the Izu peninsula just to relax; I wanted to walk the famous coastal trail south ...
... the English Pub having drunk one or two too many of their strange green beers, so we found a nice spot by the lake and just chilled for a hour or so.
Mount Fuji is named for the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi and is sacred to the Shinto goddess Sengen-Sama, whose shrine is found at the summit. It is the holiest of Japan's 'Three Holy Mountains' and with 3776 meters, it is Japan's highest mountain. ...
... guesthouse that had nice views and was cheap and thus turned out to be great. Dumping our bags and getting orientated, we charged up the hill and 5 zillion stairs to see the sun set and get some beautiful views of the volcano. We had about 20 minutes then the sun vanished, clouds came over and it disappeared from view. It seemed like an evening for a beer, luckily we needed a shop to buy our morning yoghurt. We sat in our warm room on the tatami matting and had ...
... the major issue was that when I woke up and headed for the train station I found that it was absolutely bucketing down with snow in Tokyo. It was that kind of frigid, bleak, grey, misty day that makes you want to curl up next to the fire with a good book and never leave the house. But I decided to go anyway because I had already booked my very expensive hotel (with Mt Fuji views from the balcony, she says rubbing her hands together in delight). I boarded ...
... Hakone is very much a tourist town, and is known for its food, onsen spas and close proximity to Mt Fuji. A short train trip takes you to a cable car which had 360 degree views of the mountain ranges that included Mt Fuji. As the cable car came over a mountain peak and Mt Fuji came into view, oooohs and aaahhhs from the passengers were loudly heard. It is quite a beautiful scene. Luckily the sky was ...