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

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11 ♥ Days in Japan: [1] Prelude + Shinagawa. Asakusa. Roppongi. Tokyo Tower

Ho Ho Ho! I’m back with full force again!

You know, researching on places to go in Japan and travel reviews kind of piss me off sometimes because of the limited information available in English. Most of the time, you ended up having to copy the whole chunk of paragraphs in japanese and paste in google translate just to know what the site is talking about. Well, if you know what I mean.

But anyway ain’t exploration and experience all part of the thrills when it comes to travel?
Alright alright, so that’s all for my intro and lets get it rolling~~

This Japan trip which I’m going to recap kind of run late…cause it happened more than 1 year ago..yes, Mar-April 2012. Please don’t get disappointed. >.< I know… but it’s better than never right?

Woohoo..my first trip to Japan and with my lovely colleagues!

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And so we touched down during midnight at Hanada Airport. Caught the last train from the airport (which was damn lucky). The train station is exactly situated conveniently near the arrival gate (within your view kind of “near”). Kudos to Japan!

In this trip, we actually travelled quite a few places and therefore stayed in a few accomodations. First up: Shinagawa Shuku Guest House. As you know, Japan’s accomodation is also another sucker (opps sorry, it means not cheap lah) Being our budget nature self, Shinagawa Guest House seemed to offer a rather economic price for free and easy travellers.
Well, I do not have a picture now to show but anyway that’s my colleagues strolling with their luggage, trying to find our way from Shinagawa JR station to this guest house. So chilling cold~ freezing~

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Okay, I took back my words. Here’s a photo of how our room looked like..tatami~~ and “fit-just-nice” space for the 3 of us. In case you are wondering, that’s me and my colleague (GL) busying texting our family and friends / facebooking once we logged into their free wifi. Too bad you can’t see our faces…hahaJapan3ajapan4

Lets jump to the part where we decided to visit the convenience store located just beside our guest house after we settled in…time for some yummy oiishi supper! As usual, even though under the same company (ironically), convenience stores in Singapore can never ever fight with the stores here because it’s freaky awesome; filled with ready-packed orgasmic food for grabs even during the wee hours~ weeee~~Okay that’s our supper (center photo) on top by the way. On top of that, it’s considered rather cheaper than what we have here in our same brand local stores. Hmm. :/

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