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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji April 27th 2019

As we sailed into Shimizu harbour all we could see was low lying cloud and fog. Despite this we went out in hope. First stop the inevitable shrine. - Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine to be exact. We entered through the Torii gate, purified ourselves with the sacred water, entered the shrine, did our two bows, two claps to waken the gods, offering of money , a wishful prayer and bow out. Got this down to a tee now. This one did have a lovely scared pool with lovely wisteria over it. Then it was back on the bus and a drive past lots of green tea plantations to the Matsubara Pine Grove. These ancient pines are protected and thought to be sacred and I must admit they are lovely trees all sweeping and bending over. ... read more
Torii gate
Azalea walk to shrine
The shrine

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji November 22nd 2018

Mt Fuji is located on Honshu Island 60 miles S/W of Tokyo. The active Stratovolcano is the highest mountain in Japan 12,389 feet. It is one of the holy mts along with Mt tote and Mt Haku. Its lava flow has produced a lake of hot springs lake Ashi. It is in the Hakone district with a population of 13,492. We set out early in the morning for the long journey to one of Japans most sought highlights with over cast and drizzle to arrive with soft clouds and sun. It was a long blessed journey.... read more
Cable cars Mt Fuji
Hakone hot springs
Hakone mt Fuji

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji November 22nd 2018

Its our last morning in our favourite little hotel and i'm pretty gutted to be leaving it must be said. We've got an early start as its going to be quite a long day of travelling to get to Mount Fuji. The forecast has changed from shining blue skies to forecast rain so we're a bit unsure as to whether we'll actually see any of the notorious mountain, but we'll wait and see…. Breakfast is ashamedly a mcdonalds breakfast muffin and the strongest coffee I think i've ever had. we're used to a little foamy cafe con leche but here they seem to like a very strong black filtered coffee with a tiny teeny coffee creamer which does little more than colour the coffee from black to very dark brown. Once again we consult the trusty ... read more
The asobi factory hostel
Kachi kachi ropeway

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 20th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! When I left you yesterday I had just reached the 9th station of the Fujinomiya Trail on Mount Fuji. I was doing a bullet climb throughout the night after having previously climbed Mount Hōei together with Takae before she had to go back home to Shizuoka. After a while of staying hunkered down at the 9th station I dragged myself up as I was getting too cold to stay stationary for too long. My plan was to make it to the top and then add as much clothing as I possibly could to myself and find myself a decent spot to wait out the last few hours until sunrise would come and hopefully warm me up a bit. The climb up to the 9.5th station was a slow and arduous one as ... read more
Friendly Proprietor of the Toilet
Helpful Man and Me
Goraikō (Sunrise on Mount Fuji)

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Fujinomiya August 19th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! This morning I left before Ichiro woke up and made my way over to the train station to go to Fujinomiya, a city located at the foot of Mount Fuji on the Shizuoka side. I was greeted by a lovely morning with perfect weather and I felt good about the prospect of climbing Mount Fuji under such conditions. The train ride to Fujinomiya went well and as I exited the station I was met by a smiling Takae who had arrived about 20 minutes earlier than me. She had already checked up on the location of the buses heading to the Fujinomiya trail 5th station which is where we would begin our climb. Before our ascent however there was one place in Fujinomiya that I wanted to visit, the Fujisan Hongū Sengen ... read more
Haiden (Hall of Worship)
Cleansing at Wakutama Pond
Takae at the Wakutama Pond

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 10th 2018

An early morning wake up to catch the train to Mt Fuji. After two trains to arrive at Gotemba station, I had already received two random acts of kindness from the generosity of Japanese locals. From Gotemba, I caught a bus to Subashiri 5th station (red trail). I arrived to start climbing at 8:30a.m. I pledged my donation and away I went, from a starting elevation of 2000m. The first point of interest, Komitake Shrine, the up through the tree lined forest, it was moist and mossy. The lush foliage was beautiful and cool, unlike the predicted 28 degree forecast at the fifth station. It was pleasant and not too challenging up until the new 6th station. Alas, the ease with which I started the trail was soon over, with every additional step and every station, ... read more
Subashiri Trail - starting at 2000m
Stairway to heaven (or not)... before the pain begins...
Komitake Shrine

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka March 24th 2018

We headed off from our lovely hotel to see more beautiful scenery and glimpses of cherry blossoms. However, the main aim of our journey was to explore the magic of Asahi beer and how it is made. The journey to have beer by 11 am was made all the more enjoyable by the lovely cherry blossoms that were earlier than usual. We arrived at Asahi to start our 40 min tour which was very informative. Dad you would have loved it and it reminded me of the days when you used to brew your own beer, although theirs was on a much larger scale and included robots to do all the work. The stats were amazing! The challenge was set for us to drink 3 jugs of different beer in 20 mins and I was determined ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji March 20th 2018

Well what a difference 12 hours makes! From freezing winds and overcast skies, we were greeted by the most beautiful clear blue sky and crisp air in which to depart Kyoto. Not taking any chances, Mal and I had pulled out all the thermal underwear and covered them with as many other pieces of clothing we could find. Needless to say, we spent the next 12 hours stripping off layers off and putting layers back on, with not even half the amount of time walking out in the elements we had done the day before. Our first stop was to the Heian Jingu Shrine in another part of Kyoto and a walk around the most magnificent gardens. There was also a people's market across the road so we wandered around there until it was time to ... read more
Holygram in the tourist shop
Yep....he's really happy to see another temple!
Waiting for our bullet train

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji October 14th 2017

Monday 14th big day! Set off on the Bullet train from Kyoto Station, it took about two hours before we disembarked, reaching up to 320klm per hour, it was a very comfortable ride and the time just flew by looking out at the scenery just buzzing by. A bus met us and took us for another two hours to the Mt Fuji 5th Station but saw absolutely nothing as it was more or less a blizzard, so that was a bit disaappointing but that is travel. Onto Oshino Hakkai known for the springs of Mt Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by the melting snow from Mt Fuji through porous layers of lava resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Then took a cruise on Lake Ashi which is beautiful but ... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Fujieda October 10th 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I think that today was the most leisure day of my entire trip as I spent the whole day together with Junko and Bárbara in Fujieda and Shizuoka. The only plans that we had was to go and eat and a lovely dinner at a nice restaurant, shop for kimonos and attend a tea ceremony (chanoyu). It was essentially the repetition of a day that I had last year except that Junko and me was joined by Bárbara. It felt good though to not have any grand plans for the day, sometimes it's quite nice to just slow down the pace and relax. We all slept in, getting some much needed rest to regain our strength after two days of celebration in the autumn festivals of Kakegawa and Fukuroi, not to mention ... read more
My New Kimono and Hakama (Trousers)
Gift of Geta!
Together With Lovely Ladies

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