Monday, 2 June 2014

Mt. Fuji, Japan

You can't go to Japan and not see Mt. Fuji.
Though it's a lot more exciting in the summer/climbing season, I still had to see it for myself.

It's beautiful, yes?
Let's begin from the beginning so you know how I ended up here in the first place shall we?

I took the Fujikyu Train.
It's only one of the ways to get to Mt. Fuji, but it should really be the only way.

Huge 360 degree windows, comfortable lounge chairs, a library, and look at that baby crib!!!

Ready for the view from the train?

It's all a little confusing when you arrive at the station because, again, almost everything is in Japanese.

Walk out of the station and get in a queue for a bus.
They all take you in some direction around the lake, so you can't get too far from where you want to be.
If you realize you'd rather be going the other way just ask the driver to stop and get on the next bus heading in the opposite way.
Bring cash, no Suica cards allowed.
(A Suica card is your train ticket, vending machine money, and bus fare, among other things, in Tokyo.)

We took the bus to the last stop and made a decision to walk all the way back to the train station.
Make yourself a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy the different sides of Mt. Fuji.

We finally made it back to the train station, hours later, starved.
After a nice katsudon to warm up we were ready to get back home.

With one last look at the mountain we boarded the 3 hour train and slept the whole way back.

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