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... that has thermal pools (like NZ) but couldn't see them with the snow so the gondola ride was a bit of a letdown. To end the day we headed out on Lake Ashi on an old style boat and the clouds seemed to clear so we got some good views around the lake but unfortunately still no sighting of Mount Fuji :-( With the day trip finished, we exchanged numbers with the London couple as they were heading ...
... after a 12ish hour flight as Japan is 9 hours ahead. That's all daytime right? Then why is it nighttime outside our window? Weird!!!! Anyway, just wanted to say that we're so grateful to everyone who has made this trip so brilliant - Sarah, Rohan, Hartley, Sock, Laura, Lisa, Alex, Josh and Stella - it was so lush to see you all (or your flat in the case of Laura!) and thank you to the good people of Rome, Vatican City, Sri Lanka, Australia and Japan. Muchos appreciate it! Over and ...
... from our hotel, we hopped on the metro to Shinjuku and paid extra for the 'romance car' which has nothing to do with it's name, it's just an extra fiver each way for a much nicer train with front facing seating. One bit that was cool though was that on the way there we had second row seats and it's a big window at the front so you can see the drivers and what they see - it was like driving down a road in a train! We also had an unexpected free comedy show as there were some ...
- Early start in order to catch Express at 8am from Shinjuku Station
- Another stunning clear sunny day!
- pleasant trip to Hakone (train very fast through the suburbs)
- bus up a very winding (and picturesque snowy road) to hotel with direct view of Mt Fuji
- dropped off baggage then on to Lake Ashi
- very distinctive cruising vessel for an ...
... beautiful views of Mt. Fuji -- truly majestic. We got off at stop midway (Owaku-dani) to investigate sulfur pools, grab some coffee and hot buns (it was cold up here at around 3,000 feet) and soak in more magnificent Fuji views. Because of the gorgeous weather, it seems like all of Tokyo was here on this day. They sold eggs boiled in sulfur steam, and eating the hard-boiled eggs seemed particularly enjoyable for the locals.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking