Flashback – Hakone, Japan

14 Aug

We sucked it up and decided to join a travel company to visit Mt. Fuji, in Hakone, Japan. Right off the bat I am going to tell you, it wasn’t the best experience and we should have continued doing our own thing. Lesson learned.

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What was supposed to be an hour drive turned out longer than expected (about three hours) because we left Tokyo on the day that everyone else was leaving Tokyo for grandparents weekend.  Once a year families leave the city and drive to the countryside and spend time together.  Luckily, our guide gave us a nice break in between the traffic for us to have lunch.

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So, yea.. we get to the 5th station on Mount Fuji and we couldn’t see the mountain.  A mountain! That mist behind Luis and I is a mountain, and not a small mountain! It’s the highest mountain in Japan at 12,389 ft., but we wouldn’t know since we couldn’t see it.

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We felt a little cheated, but you can’t help Mother Nature when she decides to create a Typhoon over Mt. Fuji.

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So, what do smart Americans do when a Typhoon hits?  Jump on a tram of course and head to the top of Mt. Fuji. For what? I have no clue, since you couldn’t see anything but mist and/or feel the tram shake like a crazy monster because the wind was blowing wild.

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Luis, cool as a cucumber; Me, scared and holding onto him for dear life.

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After we drove off, the sun came out and let us see a small glimpse of the top of Mt. Fuji.

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Lake Ashi river cruise.

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The next day we activated our rail pass and took the bullet train back to Tokyo for the comic convention, Comiket in downtown Tokyo.

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