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On day six of the trip we hiked to a waterfall near mount fuji and then traveled
We woke up at 4:15A.M. to watch the sunrise, because we were told that it is the
best time to see Mount Fuji before the clouds roll in.
After eating breakfast, we packed our bags and left them in the front office of
our villa. We needed to store them for a few hours while we went on a hike to a
local shrine and waterfall. The shrine was a 15 minute walk from our villa, and
the waterfall was a 30 minute hike from there.
After cooling down at the waterfall, we decided to walk down the road that led
back to where we started instead of taking the trail down. We also met a solo
traveler from Luxembourg who hung out with us for a few hours.
When we got down to the road we were pretty hungry so we found a place to eat
lunch. We were told to try the local Yoshida Udon Noodle which is only available
in this area. It did not disappoint.
We then got caught in a downpour, so our villa was nice enough to send a van to
pick us up and take us to the bus stop so we could make our way to Kyoto.
The 3:20P.M. bus ride was about 45 minutes long, and took us to Mishima station
where we got on a bullet train. This bullet train ride would be our first on the
trip. The train ride was a couple of hours long, and we got to Kyoto around
On day seven of the trip: we eat street food at an outdoor market in
On day five of our trip we leave Tokyo and travel to Mount Fuji! It took us most
of the day, and a few trains, to get there, but the views of the countryside
were worth it.
To get out of Tokyo, we first took the local subway to Shinjuku station, where
we got on a Japan Rail train at 1:30PM. This train took us about an hour outside
of the city to Otsuki station.
Once we arrived at Otsuki station, we waited for our 3:15PM train towards
Kawaguchiko station. This trip took about an hour as well, and we made many
local stops while passing through smaller towns along the way.
At Kawaguchiko station, a van from our hotel was waiting to pick us up. When we
got in the van, we were informed that we were being taken to a supermarket, and
that we had 30 minutes to buy groceries for dinner and breakfast. Apparently,
the few restaurants that were nearby closed early and opened late. The
supermarket was a godsend because they had real peanut butter!
After we unpacked everything at our villa, we walked across the street to Lake
Kawaguchiko. Typically the clouds part after sunset, unveiling Mount Fuji, so we
waited by the lake and took in the scenery.
We got back to our villa after dark and made dinner. I believe it was some sort
of burrito / stir-fry hybrid. We also found out that we’d accidentally bought
alcohol-free beer. Oops.
After dinner we played cards, then went to the hot spring baths at our hotel.
There were separate rooms for men and women, and we had to get naked and take a
shower before getting in. Apparently the water was directly from the lake, and
meant to have healing powers.
On day six of the trip: we hike to a waterfall, we leave Mount Fuji, and
we ride on our first bullet train!
On the fourth day of the trip I met up with my cousin who was also in Japan, and
we went to Tokyo Skytree.
Day four was our last full day in Tokyo. We took it easy since the next morning
we were leaving for Mt Fuji. My cousin Lauren and I met up and spent part of the
day together. She wanted to check out Shibuya Crossing so we went back there. We
then got lost trying to find the sushi restaurant the rest of the group was at,
but eventually made it.
We spent the afternoon wandering around the Imperial Palace (which was closed)
and running into a popup Oktoberfest, before heading to the Tokyo SkyTree Tower
to get a birds eye view of the city at night. Tokyo SkyTree was pretty neat, and
showed how huge a city Tokyo is. I’d be interested to check that view out during
After saying goodbye to Lauren, I headed back to the house. Unfortunately I
didn’t get any video, but we then went to a local bar for a couple of hours. We
had a very fun conversation with the bartender and another guy there, using
their bit of english, James' bit of Japanese, and a lot of assistance from
Google Translate. It was a great evening.
On day five of the trip, we leave Tokyo and make our way to Mt. Fuji!
On our third day in Tokyo we attend the Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri Festival, walk
around the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk through Shibuya Crossing, and
see the Sumida River Fireworks.
I woke up around 8AM today, so I got a lot of sleep. I was still laying in bed
at 9:15AM, and everyone else is pretty tired as well. We have two festivals to
go to today so we are taking it easy this morning. We left around noon to go
towards the Shinjuku festival. We hung around there for an hour or so watching
the drum and dance performances. It was possibly the hottest day of the trip,
and incredibly humid, so we only lasted so long in the crowds.
To cool off we headed to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. I bought a lemonade
for 350 yen and we got in for 200 yen. We walked around for an hour or so,
before heading to Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the
world. We stopped in the Starbucks that has a view of the crossing from above so
we could take some video. There’s a timelapse in the video I linked at the
beginning of this post.
In the afternoon some rain set in so we went to find some food. I didn’t realize
how long it’d been since I’d last eaten so I was getting a little out of it and
rather hangry. We found a nice place though and the noodles and shrimp hit the
Newly energized, we walked to the Sumida River Fireworks Festival. Sort of. We
walked down a street next to the park the fireworks were at because there were
so many people. There was zero standing room, and the police were making sure
nobody stood in the street so we had to keep walking. It also was raining on us.
When we left we had to walk past one subway station because there was a mob of
people trying to get into it.
We went to Ropongi Hills for dinner. Turns out it’s a really expensive area so
we went to a German place. I got a beer and pesto German noodles with smoked
salmon. We headed home around 11PM.
On day four of the trip I meet up with my cousin and we check out Tokyo
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