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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Seeing Mt. Fuji: May 15, 2016

Mt. Fuji
All travel on this tour is either by our own two feet or via public transportation. Yesterday's departure from Tokyo involved multiple methods of transportation: subway, walk to bus station, bus to Lake Kawaguchi, and finally a taxi to our accommodation. On the bus I caught a glimpse of Mt. Fuji but as it was a public bus, there was no stopping.

Looking out our window early the next morning I was delighted to see that Mt Fuji was visible. Dan and I went up the exterior fire escape stairs to get a photo. After just a few minutes, clouds rose up and cloaked the mountain. We were very lucky.

Lake Kawaguchi is located in the center of the Fuji Five Lakes chain. After breakfast, we walked from our hotel through Fujiyoshida town, along a trail to the base of Mt. Fuji, and eventually along Lake Kawaguchi. It was rice planting season and the very neat homes in the town of Fujiyoshida had a plot of land on which rice had just been planted.

We visited the 17th century Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine set picturesquely in a woods of tall cedars. The trailhead to ascend Mt. Fuji from the north is located directly behind the shrine. Climbing season is July and August, and pilgrims walking to the top of Mt. Fuji stop for a prayer at the temple prior to beginning their journey. We continued our walk a bit farther along the Fuji Yoshida Hiking Trail through a 17th century red pine forest.

We missed cherry-blossom season, but azaleas and rhododendrons were at peak bloom.

This shrine like the many we later visited displayed colorful barrels of sake donated to the temple.

After hiking on the northern slope of Mt. Fuji, we bussed to Lake Kawaguchi and continued our walk with a stroll along the lake. Once again, we caught a brief glimpse of Mt. Fuji barely visible through the clouds.

 Tomorrow, by bus and by train, we travel to Tsumago in the Kiso Valley