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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 8th 2017

Die letzten zwei Tage waren unerwartet schön, auch wenn es bei der Abfahrt in Kofi erst mal geregnet hat. Ich fuhr ihnter Hiro her, war etwas faul und wollte nicht selbst navigieren. War dann auch ganz froh, denn er bog in Straßen ein, die ich nie in Erwägung gezogen hätte. Und dann wurde diese eine Straße plötzlich ganz schmal, kein Teer mehr, an den besonders steilen Stellen Beton, ansonsten Schotter, nasse Blätter. Genug der Begründungen: es schmiss mich. Leider fiel der Seitenkoffer ab und so habe ich mir zum ersten Mal den Fuß eingequetscht. Ich verschwendTee erst etwas Zeit mit laut brüllen, weil's so weh tat. Aber dann wurde ich wieder vernünftig und begann meinen Fuß herauszuziehen. Ohne meine panzerartigen Stiefel hätte ich mir den Knöchel gebrochen. So tut er nur weh. Wieder einmal hat es ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji February 18th 2017

Mount Fuji is breathtaking and i was soooo lucky with the weather when i arrived the visibility was 100% i could see everything right to the top of the mountain amazing i had heard the weather was hit and miss for being able to see the top and considering i only have one day here super lucky. The bus journey wasn't too bad and i actually did manage to get some sleeep on the bus wrapped up in my blanket with eye mask and earplugs. I climbed to the top of a hill where there is a famous pagoda all of the postcards from Mount Fuji are taken from this view and i actually got to stand their and take my own and of course a few selfies. It feels quite magical to look at something ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji December 30th 2016

Day Two: my five fluent basic Japanese greetings and phrases are being stretched to the limit. This morning we had breakfast at the bakery next to our hotel because it just smells so good. Pastry= breakfast. They also played awesome jazz music in there. We then walked down to Shinjuku station to take the first of two trains to Kawaguchico (Mt Fuji.) We could not go the whole way up the mountain because of snow, so we found other entertainment. We walked around the local area and found a very small shrine. On the way back into town we found a traditional Teppanyaki restaurant. James ate possibly one of the best meals of his life here. A small distance out of the town centre, was an Onsen (hot spring). We endeavoured to walk there. once at ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 3rd 2016

3rd Jul: I was up bright and early, ready to hike Mount Fuji. The hostel I was staying at let me leave my luggage there, and I departed just after six am to go to the rendezvous point for the start of my tour. I had scoped out where it was last night, as I didn't want to get lost. It had taken forever to walk there the night before, but I blame the busy Tokyo streets and not my slow walking. There had also been a lot of crossing and I hoped that at this early hour, I would be able to jaywalk a lot of them, due to less traffic. My first port of call was, of course, the Family Mart located on the main road close to my hostel. I picked up some ... read more
Subashiri Route
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The Start of the Steps

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji May 18th 2016

Fujimi to Kawaguchiko 116km. 1200m climbing. Oh! What a difference a day makes, just 24 hours. Who would have dreamt that today would be wall to wall sunshine spending the first 50k going downhill with a tail wind, and to top it all having a magnificent view of Mt Fuji. The descent was through typical Japanese agricultural land with little tractors cultivating the little fields manned by men in straw hats. The towns had the usual beautifully manicured gardens and topiary and there were more grapes and fruit trees in monstrous greenhouses. After a bread and tuna salad lunch we started our compulsory climbing alongside a river which had two small hydro electric power stations at the roadside. At about 80km we had another brew stop, just before my legs gave out and my posterior lost ... read more
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Mt Fuji
Manhole cover

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji May 17th 2016

Matsumoto to Fujimi Heavy rainfall ALL night. The rattling on the tin roof below my bedroom window and the tension in my leg and arm muscles kept me awake until midnight. Maybe also a fear of the hard day ahead. In the middle of the night I awoke with a brainwave. Instead of having a bus ride into Yamamoto before cycling up the mountain we could perhaps have the bus take us up towards the top of the mountain before riding. A discussion at breakfast resulted in a majority agreeing with this. Thank goodness, and this turned out to be a wise choice. We travelled down the valley to Matsumoto in constant rain but as we arrived at the castle at 9.40, for a visit, the rain almost stopped. As we travelled up the mountain the ... read more
View from my hotel window
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Dinner time

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji April 1st 2016

Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, the healing village of Nemba on Lake Saiko, is a traditional village which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1966 and has been rebuilt as a folk village to display the crafts and way of life of the people who have lived here for hundreds of years. It is a charming village of about 20 bamboo-thatched cottages nestled under Mt Fuji. (Unfortunately it was hidden by cloud today but we can't complain. We had great views yesterday and it's common for visitors to this area not to see Fuji at all because it is often wrapped in cloud.) The cottages display different aspects of life in the village including ceramics, paper-making, silk-making, wasabi-cultivation and a water wheel mill. There is a little museum with a clock that stopped when the earthquake ... read more
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Toddlers in a trolley, Kawaguchiko
Iyashi no Sato

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji March 31st 2016

Geographically Japan is like NZ: volcanic islands with forested mountains, natural thermal pools and the occasional snowy peak. We escaped the metropolis of Tokyo to revive at the Japanese Lake District, staying in Kawaguchiko at the foot of Mt Fuji. We stayed our first night in a ryokan, a traditional inn. We had a lovely room with tatami mats and a futon, dressed in the yukata robes and slippers provided and soaked in the hot baths. Onsen (hot springs) are traditionally taken naked (men and women separate) so the hotel had two - one overlooked the lake and the other faced Mt Fuji. They swap each day so we both got a turn in each. It's hard to get a better Japan experience than soaking in a rotemburo (outdoor tub), looking at Mt Fuji and then ... read more
Mt Fuji as seen from our bed

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 22nd 2015

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 Although the national holiday had scuppered our efforts to find overnight accommodation at the lakes of Mt Fuji, we took advantage of the great transport links from Tokyo and took the 2.5hr bus to Lake Kawaguchiko for the day. It was a day of lessons. Lesson #1: Always retrace your footsteps in a new place. The day got off to a cracking start as we got monumentally lost in Shinjuku station. Located the bus station half an hour before we had to leave. WIN. Nipped into Shinjuku station to get some food. FINE. Got cocky and decided to exit from a different part of the station, as we were sure we had this travelling thing down to a fine art. FAIL. 5 mins before the bus is due to leave we are ... read more
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Beautiful lakeside view

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji May 11th 2015

I managed to get the boys up and moving early this morning. We wanted to spend some time at the sumo wresting tournament before we had to head over to Mt Fuji. With all of our clothes drying in the closed laundry area, the earliest we could get moving was 8am after the area opened back up (lucky for the guys or I'd have had us out of there sooner). I was impressed that we were up and checked out of the hostel by 8:30am and on our way to the train station. Things were going a little too well, though, so something had to happen. As we got to the platform to board the train Fred realized he had forgotten his black bag. Tyler and I waited for him at the station as he ran ... read more
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