Mt Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi

So I went from staying at Aulani with my family back to bunk beds in guest houses or tonight I stay in a capsule at Tokyo Narita airport. They are alright and give you a chance to meet other people.

Today I took a tour from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. I was going to try and figure it out myself but I didn’t so I just did the tour.

Although with my flight from Honolulu to Tokyo and then flight to Bangkok tomorrow it’s too much sitting in seats. As the tour today is about 11 hours many of them sitting on a bus.

I also should have brought my jacket as up at the 5th station it was about 55 degrees and windy. It was also chilly on the boat on Lake Ashi. I checked the weather before but didn’t take the altitude difference into account.

It was about 2 hours from Tokyo to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. As we are approaching it is very cloudy. As we start to rise on the mountain the fog is rolling in. I was thinking I won’t be seeing Mt. Fuji today.

Mt. Fuji is only visible about 3 days a week so the odds aren’t necessarily in your favor and January/February are better times to see it. I saw it two days from Tokyo when I visited in February and also from the flight returning to Korea.

However the further we rose we started to see the sun and then the clouds cleared. Or we just moved above them as they were still below us from the 5 th station but you could clearly see the top of Mt. Fuji.

From here we went to lunch which was inside of Fujikyu Highlands which is an amusement park. Sadly we had no time for rides. On a clear sunny day you can see Fujisan from here.

We had hottoe which was flat udon noodles with fish. We also had some tempura vegetables.

They have a roller coaster called Fujiyama where you sit by lying on your back although you don’t stay that way as not only does the track spin you upside down and around but your seat spins you around or upside down as well.

From here we headed to Hakone it was about an hour and 15 minute drive. We were headed to Lake Ashi for a boat ride.

It was pretty chilly on the boat but I stayed outside to enjoy the view and the cool breeze. We took the boat one stop where we got on the Hakone-en rope way or cable car to the top of the second highest mountain in Japan. Fujisan is the highest.

The ropeway car was very crowded as we took it the 7 minutes to top. The view was clear at the bottom but the further we rose it became totally fogged over. It was kind of eerie looking. At the top you could only see a few feet in front of you.

From here we boarded the bus to head back to Tokyo it took about two hours to get back to Shinjuku. The bus had wifi and I checked the bus times schedule to head to the airport and noticed the bus I wanted to take had already ended service for the day.

When I got to Shinjuku station I asked about getting to the airport and they said a different bus was still running so I head to the ticket counter but when I get there they say the last bus was at 6pm and it’s about 6:20.

So I head back to the train station as the guy says the JR Narita express should still be running. I buy a regular JR ticket and head to the express train platform and get on the train and it’s making an announcement that all seats are assigned tickets. So I get off the train to find a way to get a ticket. I get my ticket and get back on the train.

My flight to Bangkok is in the morning but I’m staying by the airport so I don’t have more than an hour of travel in the morning.imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Back in Tokyo

So I’m sitting on a plane from Narita airport to Tokyo. I’ve spent about 9 days with my Mom and brother in Waikiki and at Aulani. So far I think my flight to Tokyo has been the only one on time. Although I would have loved to spend more time in Hawaii.

It was great to see them as it was over a year since I last saw them.

Once again the Speedi shuttle driver did not have my name on the list. So they had to call and confirm I had a reservation.

I got to the airport and go to the Air China line. The guy at the counter asks if I live in Japan. I say no then asks if I have another flight leaving the country which I do but he wants a paper copy of a confirmation for a flight. I have a list of all my flight info but didn’t print all of the confirmation emails.

He ends up taking me to their office and lets me use a computer so I can print my confirmation email to show I have a flight leaving Japan. Otherwise he may have denied me boarding the plane as they are afraid customs might not let me into Japan as I have a one way return flight to Japan.

The guy at customs in Japan asks me no questions and sends me on my way. I guess better safe than sorry.

Yes, I’ve been to Tokyo before but a round trip ticket to/from Tokyo was cheaper than a one way ticket to Honolulu and then another destination in Asia.

I have a little more than a day back in Japan before I head to Thailand. I can’t believe it’s almost been a month since I left Korea.

So far I’ve been to Okinawa, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan. Then I flew to Hawaii.

I’ve went snorkeling, saw sea turtles, been to many temples, taken boats, trains, and planes and have done many other things.

I’m going to try and write more but I just forget and fail to do so.