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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji January 1st 2014

Happy new year everyone. Hope you had a splendid time and have a wonderful 2014.We had sake this morning as we were leaving the hotel. Very civilised, albeit at 7.20am!We had a wonderful New Year's Eve walking around Kyoto. new year is a big deal for the Japanese and they go wild buying very special and expensive food for sharing on New Year's Day. So we joined in the general melee in a department store food centre. I now understand what the term food porn means. There were so many dazzling and unusual things to buy. Cost an arm and a leg mind you. I put up a few photos. Peter, on the other hand sat in the foyer with the other old people.On New Year's Eve Japanese politeness is abandoned in their eagerness to buy ... read more
Outside a Casino
At the Cat Cafe
Cute cat house

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 13th 2013

Summer camp was finally over and I was all packed up and ready for my trip to Japan. Anthony and I were heading over together for a couple days of exploring Tokyo and Mt. Fuji, then I was staying with a family in Fujisawa (about an hour south of Tokyo), and then finally off to Kyoto for a couple days. We first landed in Tokyo and figured out the subway system pretty easily. Same as Seoul's but a lot bigger with a lot of lines! We arrived at Kinshicho where we were staying in a Capsule hotel. A capsule hotel is basically a hostel that has a spaceship looking bed that you call your own and sleep in at night. It was made for Tokyo business people who would miss the late night trains and just ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 13th 2013

Another Shinkansen train ride! No matter how many times we ride it, I am excited each time. Today was our last ride on this trip - I hope I get to ride it again someday. Anyhoo, we blasted out of Osaka and headed to Mount Fuji. It was about two and a half hours by train where we transferred to a bus headed to the Fifth Level of Mount Fuji. It was in a more rural area and once you got into hills the scenery was incredible. All sorts of little waterfalls and rivers and everything was green. The best thing about Mount Fuji (or, as the locals call it, Fujisan), was that it was cooler in temperature. At the Fifth Level there is a bunch of shops and lodges and shrines to check out. You ... read more
Shinto Shrine
Top of mountain after tram ride
Dinner at traditional hotel

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 20th 2013

Day 4 & 5 – Mt. Fuji The next morning I packed up, checked out and made my way to Tokyo train station to catch a train to Shin-Fuji. The train was a Shinetsu (bullet train) and the ride took about 1 ½ hours. The train was the cleanest and the fastest I had ever been on (my reference point was Thailand, Indonesia, China and India). Most of the tickets are sold through machines, but even though there is English, it was difficult to manage to figure out how to figure anything out. A lady helped me buy the ticket which cost about 6500 yen. The train ride was smooth and uneventful. It passed through many districts but it was cloudy so didn’t really see anything interesting. Mt. Fuji was not visible. I arrived in Shin-Fuji, ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji December 1st 2012

Kawaguchiko : One of the five Fuji's lake Youtube chennel : Mountain the highest mountain in Japan surround with 5 lake. Kawaguchiko is the big one. It's the front gate to Fuji Unfortunately, when I came this the sky was cloundy and rainning. I can not see the Mt. Fuji but the lake so beautiful, I hope you like it too. ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji November 7th 2012

De reden waarom ik vanuit Tokio naar hier was gekomen was om de Mt. Fuji tour mee te doen die door het hostel 'K s House Mt. Fujizelf wordt georganiseerd. Ik had de hele avond ervoor het weerbericht voor de dag erop nagekeken in de hoop dat er verandering zou komen voor de volgende dag. Maar het gaf steeds aan dat de kans op regen vrij groot was en er redelijk wat bewolking ging zijn. Maar toen ik opstond was er niks meer of minder dan een helderbauwe hemel te vinden wat voor een adembenemend zich op Mt. Fuji zorgde. Het is een vulkaan, die met zijn 3776 meter de hoogste berg is van Japan. De tour zelf begon rond 9 uur 's morgens en duurde ongeveer tot 18.00 's avonds. We hadden de hele dag ... read more
gedenkplaats aan de voet
water dat 20 jaar onderweg was en net zo lekker als evian
mooie herfstkleuren

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 13th 2012

Initiation The infamous Fuji trip was upon us, organised by our cruel overlords on the FJET council (social event organisers). Each year our prefecture’s new ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) get together to tackle the countries highest peak, and probably the most photographed mountain/volcano in the world, Mount Fuji. Even with a modest amount of trekking under my belt, it was a tough slog, and an unforgettable experience. At 3,776m it is well over 3 times the height of Irelands highest mountain, Carrauntoohill, and for the average person it is a significant undertaking! About 20 wide-eyed, eager first year Fukui ALTs (plus 3 Irish buddies from Hyogo) felt up to the task and signed up. Not all made it to the summit, and pretty much everyone was absolutely ‘flahed’ by the end of it…. but we had ... read more
Bring it on!
Fighting Irish
Tired lads!

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 3rd 2012

We did it! Climbed to the top and back again. Took just less than 4hrs up and just under 3 hrs down. We took the first bus up in the morning and as we drew close to the 5thstation (where the walk starts) we were amazed at the number of cars parked and the number of coaches and then when the vast number of people milling around. As we set off there were hundreds and hundreds of people coming down, in various states of weariness. It was a lovely clear day, good views up the mountain and down to the town. We set ourselves a steady pace, and were impressed with ourselves that we weren’t over taken at any point! The last 500m was a challenge, most of the walk was not too bad, not too ... read more
Cloudy view

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 22nd 2012

(July 9-10) Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain at 3776 meters, and I had the chance to hike up to the summit during my vacation in Japan. The hike was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have done. It was tiring but worth it. I left from the Shinjuku station in Tokyo at around 11 in the morning. From there, I made a quick transfer to the Fuji Line at Otsuki, a quaint town. From Otsuki, it took another hour before arriving at the Fuji-san station where, after lunch, I jumped on the local bus that heads to the Fifth Station on the mountain. After walking around some of the shops, I started on my hike toward the mountain hut where I would stay the night on Mt. Fuji. An hour and thirty ... read more
The Trail
Mt. Fuji
Start of the hike

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji June 4th 2012

We set off for the Fuji five lakes area from Tokyo, it's called this because there are five large lakes just north of Mt Fuji where good views of the extinct volcano can be had. We stayed one night at K's House and moved to a hotel the following morning because the hostel was fully booked. The next place we were staying had been overbooked so we were moved to another hotel! It worked out in the end and we got our first opportunity to lie in an onsen (a bath of hot spring water). It was relaxing but a bit boring since we are separated by gender and no-one else spoke English! At 5.30am George got his first sighting of Mt Fuji. I sadly missed it having failed to separate from my duvet and by ... read more
Fuji at 5am
Heated table with Japanese tourists
Fuji from the 5th station

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