Majestic Mount Fuji

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello, hello, hello!

Here is our latest entry from wonderful Japan.

After spending over a week in Tokyo we headed north hoping to see Mount Fuji. We took a bit of a risk as other backpackers were coming back to Tokyo saying that the weather had been really foggy up North and they could not even catch a misty glimpse of the famous mount. 

The town we went to is called Kawaguchigo, quite a mouthful. We spent two amazing days staying in a wonderful hostel in this very pretty village. The weather cleared up by the time we got there and we didn't just catch a glimpse, we saw Mount Fuji in all its glory with barely a cloud in sight. It has to be the world's most beautiful mountain. You can't ascend the mountain in November and to be honest we would not have wanted to anyway as the village we were in was way too nice. There were beautiful lakes, pretty houses and all the leaves on the trees were turning red. We had a fantastic lunch of local thick noodles in this wooden restaurant that had an ingenious seating area. Basically in a lot of restaurants in Japan you sit on the floor at low tables. It is not the most comfortable way of eating and we'd often end up with pins and needles in our legs. But in this particular restaurant they had cut holes in the floor where you could put your legs. So even though we were at a low table, it was like we were sitting down. Brilliant. 

As we slowly walked back to our hostel we fell in love with the village. It was like a postcard as you can see from the photos. It was great to see another side to Japan. The countryside is stunning yet still has all the stuff you would expect of a city. Right I will pass you over to Karen as I am sure she has a few things to say!

On day two we woke up again to wonderful blue skies and the perfectly formed Fuji as our backdrop. We continued exploring this beautiful little town and took a route our hostel had suggested. This town has that feeling of a place people retire too. Quiet, clean and truly picturesque. All around us were trees in various shades of red and orange we couldn't stop taking photos and had to remind ourselves to just sit and watch. They say a picture tells a thousand words so I'm going to shut up and let you see for yourself instead. 





 At the end of the day we had to catch a bus back to Tokyo and get on a night bus to Osaka, our next destination. We got to Tokyo with three hours to spare before our night bus so I left the bus with visions of a lovely leisurely dinner to while away our wait.  But then, a minor detail interrupted my daydream. Where do we catch the next bus from? We knew it was in Shinjuku, the area where we got off, but we had no idea where and neither did anyone we asked! The simple matter of finding an internet cafe to check the address turned into a nightmare when two hours later with about a zillion blocks covered I still had not found a single place. I even tried hanging outside establishments to see if anyone had an unlocked connection. I must have looked pretty crazy running around with an open laptop in my arms stopping from time to time to check for a connection. With thirty minutes to spare Paul and I decided to try plan B - walk aimlessly around the area where the long distance buses usually left. Three blocks in we spotted a flag with our bus company's name on it. We'd actually managed to find the spot by doing it the old fashioned way. Turns out it's easier to find a long distance bus than an internet connection in Tokyo. Since then we've been slightly more organised with our destination details and conscientiously write down addresses and draw maps in our little notebooks. 

Well we had a nine hour journey to look forward to once we found our bus. We couldn't even sit together as they segregated men and women in different sections.  It would be one long night before we made it to Osaka! Paul had a much harder time than me because I actually slept for most of the way. When we got there I was still in my seat, dreaming that I was getting off the bus while Paul waited outside for me. He actually had to come back on and shake me awake - good job he was there as god knows where I would have woken up in. All I can say, is if you're even coming to Japan, forget about getting a cheap bus pass and invest in a railpass.

Till then, 

Lots of love
Karen and Paul
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Christine Frendo on

Wow this is definitely my kinda place :) How are you both? You look so chilled and relaxed and reading the blog sounds liek you're having an adventure of a lifetime...take care both and keep smiling. Me and Gab off to Cuba soom for Christmas and New Year so will stop being soooo jealous! Hugs C x

Tukkie on

Absolutely stunning!!!! But why didn't you take a pic of Mount Fuji?

mom on

wonderful pictures

gabygamb on

when you're back in london, i'll take you to a japanese rerstaurant in soho with the holes under the table!!! LOL

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