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Feb 5, 2019 - Mt. Fuji, Lake Hoeneo,

After pigging out on the delicious breakfast including the sticky rice and curry, we made our way down to the subway and our short ride 2 stops away to Tachewo(?) station from where we got to our rendezvous spot a half hour prior to the designated time, thanks to Rita's insistence. That paid off in being first in line only to be told that the bus seating was predesignated! It was a comfortable 2 hour ride with the requisite information from the tour guide which made the journey go much faster to our first stop, a Mt. Fuji information centre...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Fuji-san & the Clouds Below

While planning the journey from Nagoya to Mt. Fuji I noticed the routes took us East to Tokyo, and then back West to Kawaguchiko, the lakefront town which is the starting point for most who hike Mt. Fuji. Doing a bit more research of the train/bus options I saw we could avoid going back to Tokyo, reduce the cost by 50%, while adding only a couple hours to the journey. We would have a couple more connections between train & bus, but no big deal; could not check-in to our accommodations until later in the afternoon anyway. Seemed to be plenty...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Takayama & Kowaguchiko(Mt Fuji)

9/30 Up for taxi @ 6:40 to bus station & bus to Shinjuku for trains (2) to Sky Tree. It was touch and go as we made our way through the sinuous subway and rail system near Tokyo.   The subway was the hardest part being morning rush hour I (we arrived about 9:30) and having our bags with us.   Asking for help numerous times even as we were just one stop from Sky Tree station since we were unsure what the actual stop name was (Oshiage).  A kind woman who spoke English overheard our indecision and told us it was the next stop...she and her...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Cruise to Yokohama & on to Takayama & Kowaguchiko(Mt Fuji)

9/28 Left our comfy cruise for land at 8am.  Celebrity provides a free shuttle to the Yokohama train station so in just 20 minutes we were in the thick of things searching for the info booth.  I must say the Japanese do cater to tourists very well and even individual citizens stopped to try helping when we looked like we we lost.  I think in Tokyo at least many Japanese at least understand some English, lots of signage is Japanese and English.The tourist info office did not open until 9 so we first went to the JR info office where Bon got...

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Aug 12, 2013 - Mount Fuji day trip.

Today we got up early 5am, had breakfast at Johnathons-very good value there. Next we caught a train from Hon Atsugi to Odawara where we changed trains to Hakone Yumoto where we changed to the Hakone Tozan train which took us up to the Hakone cable car at Gora. We got off the cable car and hopped on the Hakone ropeway, that took us to Owakudani, a viewing point for Mount Fuji which unfortunately we couldn't see for clouds. The place smelled like a bad fart from all the sulphur leaking out of the ground. After a visit there we jumped on...

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Sep 21, 2012 - Mt. Fuji

Another tour today, booked in yesterday, but pay later - tour guide-san (or Jessica) had eftpos. Japaese take a western name to make it easier for westerners to say I suppose. (perhaps valeria is the same - might have a Japanese name too) Bus trip out of Tokyo - wasn't feeling up for the tour - felt like taking the day off - but when on tour go with the flow, keep with the group Joe and Alfred had booked in, Frank was off training today at the Aikido congress. Robert Botterill Shihan also came along. Coach stop somewhere its all mountainous...

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May 18, 2009 - Hakone

Sorry for not updating earlier. This whirlwind tour of Japan has kept me very busy. I'm flying out this afternoon, Susanne is already gone, so I find myself with a little spare time. Last Monday, we took another bullet train from Osaka to Hakone-Yumoto (actually it was two trains). Hakone is a resort-type area near Mount Fuji, very popular as a week-end escape for Tokyo-ites. Another local train brought us to a little town where we splurged by staying at the Fujiya Hotel, known as the first western-style hotel in Japan (back in the 19th...

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Oct 28, 2007 - Mount Fuji and Hakone

Thankfully the weather forecast was right. The weather had cleared up and it was shaping up to be a fantastic day, warm with a clear sky. We headed off to Mount Fuji on the coach and found out that it was about 2.5 hours to get there so we took the option to organise the return to Tokyo by Shinkansen (Bullet Train). When Mount Fuji finally came into sight the view was fantastic. The guide said that it was the perfect day to go up the mountain, that the weather is very rarely this good. We headed up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji which is at...

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Apr 9, 2007 - Mt. Fuji and Me

Hi Everybody! Guess what? Now I can say that I have been to Mt. Fuji cause..... guess what... I have!!!!!! Yes, so now we are at our 3rd stop, Mt. Fuji! We arrived here late last night at a place called K's House which is a hostel which I have really enjoyed because you get to meet new people from so many different countries. Today we went for a bike ride around Lake Kawaguchiko. It was so beautiful because all the cherry trees (Sakura) were in bloom. We took many pictures of Mt. Fuji and the cherry trees but you may not be able to see...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Drive to Mt. Fuji

On this day we decided to take the car out towards Mt. Fuji. This is the big cone-shaped mountain that you see in every movie about Japan. It's only about 40 miles west of us, but it took at least 1 1/2 hours to get there. We went via Route 413, which is narrow, twisty, and crosses several ridges. This was the biggest workout our little Colt has gotten so far. This area really reminds me of the NC mountains, and Jess said the road reminded her of the Blue Ridge Parkway. When we got to Mt. Fuji, we had lunch along the shore of Lake Yamanaka...

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Nov 15, 2006 - Fuji-san

Today I made the pilgramage to Fuji-san. There's a lot of places to view the mountain from, but almost everyone I asked said that the Fuji go-ko (Fuji five lakes) region offered the most spectacular views. As I approached on the train, I felt absolutely in awe of this tremendous thing in front of me. There are of course taller mountains in America, and I'm sure I've even seen a few of them, but Fuji-san rises up from this massive plain, with nothing else around it. It's probably the tallest thing for a thousand miles in every direction. So...

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Autumn in Japan

Aug 4, 2006 - Fuji-san

I woke up early on Friday and left Tokyo to climb Mt. Fuji and then travel around western Japan for a week or so. I only took my smaller backpack, but it still felt like a lot of gear, although there was no real way around it, as I had to be prepared for cold and possibly rainy weather at the top of the mountain. I made it to Fuji-Yoshida, a town at the base of the hill, without incident on the Japan Rail. I was leaving from there because it's the trailhead for the oldest route up, starting centuries ago when people ascended on a...

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