11 ♥ Days in Japan: [4] Mt Fuji .Hakone Mt Komagatake.Kyoto

Starting the 4th day onwards, itinerary just got even more exciting. This day, we finally stepped out of Tokyo for a while and began our day trip to Hakone to view the spectacular Mount Fuji and Mount Komagatake before travelling to Kyoto for 2 nights!

One tip for you: For free and easy travellers who wish to visit iconic places but are troubled about inaccessibility by public transport, booked a day tour with a local travel agency. Guaranteed a whole day itinerary and back to free and easy in the evening. Fuss free and convenient 🙂

For this, we booked our tour from JAPANiCAN (click here for the tour we booked). For day tour to Mt Fuji, it is normally accompanied by a ropeway to Mt Komagatake; another mountain with excellent view with a traditional shrine on top. You will see it later.

There are various pickup points and we chose to go to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal which is easily accessible by JR train from our place at Osaki.

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See you soon, Tokyo Tower!

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Lucky us! Managed to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji from far. The tour guide was also very funny and strongly advised everyone in the bus to view this scene and take photos before we went past it. To an extent, she even woke some of the tourists who were asleep so that they will not miss this moment of their life, lol!
#enthusiastictillthemax

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Reached Fuji Visitor centre as our first stop. It was supposed to an educational place for us to learn about the history, nature and culture of this iconic mountain however somehow the place was closed and we can only climbed up to the second storey to see the view. Others used this stop as toilet break instead..haha!

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Due to some weather and safety issues, instead of the promised 5th Station of Mt Fuji, we arrived and stopped at 4th Station instead, which was like only slightly higher than the foot of the mountain.
(-_-) Abit Disappointed though but when I stepped down the bus ..Woohoo! Snow snow everywhere!

The weather was not even cold as expected, definitely higher than 10 C but it’s fine as long as the view is pretty..hehe!

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Dont judge! It was really my first time stepping on snow. The snow really felt like shredded ice..duh..but ya I always thought it was softer..maybe not at Mount Fuji then.

Someone built a cute snowman and it reminds me of Olaf from Frozen. no Carrot nose though.

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Of course, Selfie time!

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And more “As though we are in Winter Solace (冬季恋歌)” publicity poster

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The Trio! Though abit overexposed for this photo.

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Lunch was of course traditional Japanese.. it was indeed very yummy!
There is always this thing about Japanese cuisine which is always quaint, elegant and clean. Small portions (as usual) but enough to fill your tummy with a nice cup of warm green tea..hmm.

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And so, after our lunch, we were on our way for the cruise which will bring us to the Ropeway to Mount Komagatake. Anyway ropeway is sort of like cable car by the way.

The only thing I can remembered was that the wind was very very chilling and we ended up shivering all the way till we reached the Ropeway.

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Oh yes, I can still remembered this view above..the trees, the landscaping, the nature~~so so surreal and picturesque. No way I can have this scene back in Singapore.

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Here we are, at Mount Komagatake. Breathtaking!
Everything here was just so photo-worthy and the view on top was really the real spectacular.

Historically, this place used to be a holy place for religion practices and that can explained why there is a shrine on top of the mountain. This mountain is still considered volcanic though (it said it was a lava dome created by an eruption) but I am not sure if this is dead or still active. Read more here if you are interested.

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Love the walkway..rocky road with dry grass

Warning: Selfie Wefie attack alert:

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Seriously it really took no effort to make every photo, pictureworthy. The landscape, nature and view are literally there selflessly welcoming any captured moments..Love this place!

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After around 1 hour plus, it’s time for us to say goodbye to this place. Walking back to the Ropeway station.

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In the cramped cable car down the mountain but really no bad experience compared to home.

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Beautifully interesting landscape..so much varieties and colours!

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So we are back!
And to continue with our journey to our next stop: Kyoto, time for some dinner to be taken inside the HSR 😛

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Yeah! Another chapter in a brand new place!

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Be prepared for my next post!

xoxo
eil

11 ♥ Days in Japan: [3] Harajuku. Shimokitazawa

And so, that day marked our third day in Tokyo and our last day staying at Shinagawa Shuku Guest House before setting off to two of the places in our itinerary: Harajuku and Shimokitazawa. But before that, please enjoy our selfie taken at Shinagawa.. 😛japanday3_01

I really love how clean the streets are especially in Shinagawa, just like that street you saw from our selfie above. It’s so clean that I have that constant urge to lay on the floor and roll myself left to right..lol! No kidding!japanday3_02

As usual, we took the metro to Harajuku and saw the famous Takeshita Street just across the road. If I dont remember wrongly, it was quite early in the morning: 9-ish am? It seems like that street has started welcoming swarms of locals and tourists since the dawn. Wow..Japanese are morning people so to speak.japanday3_03

Had our typical breakfast at Mcdonalds and I still devotedly stick to my must-have set while my travelmates went adventurous and tried their Tuna Muffin. Applying my Marketing knowledge; Glocalised management. Brand is global but menu and portion go localised. See that cup of coffee and the size of the burger..goodness how does Japanese survive with such a small portion? That amount of caffeine aint going keep me awake…hahaha. japanday3_04

After our seemingly breakfast which was only good enough to keep us half-full for a couple of hours, we strolled down that swarms of people and did some window shopping. I realised the local salespeople were extremely sensitive to camera. Well, thinking of Harajuku, you should know tourists came here to see cosplay and exaggerating-dressed people. See that salesgirl above holding the price-signage; selling bags. She immediately hid her face every time I faced my camera towards her direction and damn, I gave up and that was what I took. No offense but yeah, then what is the objective of dressing up like that?
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Off-track a bit…
Hehe Rilakkuma seems like a big favourite character here (and now spreading all around the world) and even KitKat bought their license so it can market its honey / hotcake-flavoured Kitkat! SO cute! Too bad, I regret not buying it 😦japanday3_07Up next is Meji Shrine which after Takeshita Street.
We did some research and it stated that the Harajuku Bridge (outside Meiji Shrine) is a favourite hangout place for most young people who loves to cosplay. Unfortunately it may be too early or either we are not in luck, no sight of cosplay except 1 or 2. Nevertheless, we went in to explore the shrine. The weather was perfect though 🙂 Sunny and cool.japanday3_08 japanday3_09 japanday3_10

Chanced upon a wedding at the shrine which is a common sight in Meiji Shrine. All of them looked very stern and formal for a traditional family portrait. Guess it’s their culture (to be really formal and serious) since wedding is such a big event.
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So after that, we decided to walk our way back so we can go to our next stop: Shimokitazawa.
See that crowd…it was crazy! Sure it is the favourite hangout for the teenagers. Kind of reminds me of Bugis street in Singapore.

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Shimokitazawa: one of my favourite place.
No doubt, you can feel the hip vibe around here; less crowded and laidback compared to Harajuku. To compare, it will be quite similar to our Haji Lane but much bigger in scale.

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But first, let us fill in our stomach with our well-deserved lunch! At Osaka Ohsho 大阪王将. (Japanese-Chinese Cuisine)
Talking about Osaka Ohsho, it was pretty common restaurant in Tokyo and its outlets are now scatter all round the globe including Singapore.japanday3_17

After lunch, went strolling around, window shopping. Pass by a quaint coffee store and bought ourselves a cuppa. Portion is small as expected -_-”’.japanday3_15

People-watching. You will be entertained. Ohh, looking at these photos really makes me wanna go Japan again!
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See what I mean…(people-watching)..even a simple lady riding a bicycle or waiting for the train to pass, can be such a nice sight. So hippy!
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Nothing special after that, had some simple dinner and we headed to our 2nd accomodation: finally a Hotel! New Otani Inn Tokyo
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XOXO
eil