Wow, wow, wow, we got lucky and saw the snow-capped peak of Japan’s famous icon two days in a row!
March 28 – Mt. Fuji Boat Ride
We lugged our luggage to the Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world, squeezed onto a rush hour train to the Tokyo Station, eighth busiest, where a very helpful man used a map app to escort us to the Tekko Building where we caught a non-stop bus to Fujikawaguchiko at the base of Mt. Fuji. (The non-stop buses from Shinjuku were sold out as we found out the prior afternoon). It was sunny when we started our two-hour ride, but rain/snow was forecast for the afternoon. As the sky darkened and a few drops hit the windshield, we worried that we wouldn’t be able to see the mountain. As we approached
It was sunny when we started our two-hour ride, but rain/snow was forecast for the afternoon. As the sky darkened and a few drops hit the windshield, we worried that we wouldn’t be able to see the mountain. As we approached our destination, we spotted its base shrouded on top. And then suddenly the clouds cleared. We beamed and grabbed our cameras.
After stowing our luggage at the bus station and locating our lodging (too early for check-in), we walked down to the lake and took a boat ride beyond the wires and buildings which blocked our view. Rain hit our backsides as we admired the peak bathed in sunshine. I was glad to be wearing my new warm clothes. High fives, followed by a delicious tempura dinner, with several unidentifiable vegetables, and an Asahi beer. 🙂
March 29 – Mt. Fuji Bus Tour
A thin futon on a hard wooden platform does not make for comfortable sleeping. That was soon forgotten when I slid open the opaque window and was thrilled to see sun once again striking the famous volcanic peak. I ignored the blast of snow-chilled air and started snapping. We grazed for breakfast, put our luggage back in the bus station lockers, and boarded a hop-on-hop-off bus (the Red Line) along the lake. We only hopped off at the end of the line, a gorgeous spot which will clearly be even more scenic in a few weeks when the buds on the fruit trees open. After absorbing the view, we enjoyed a blueberry swirl ice cream cone, despite the cold, temped by the large statue of one in from of the visitor center. We then took a short walk to a temple and a shrine, and returned to our starting point, getting off early to walk up from the lake and stop for lunch (beef bowl) along the way. I napped a bit on our way back to Tokyo.