Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Road Trippin Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Day Tour

What is a visit to Japan without trying to see the famous Mt. Fuji.

We availed of a 1-day tour of Mt. Fuji with a Hakone day tour which includes a ferry ride along Lake Ashi and a cable car up to Mt. Komagatake. Bought this online from viator and our local tour guide was JTB Sunrise tour.

There were a lot of tourist with us and there was a total of 6 buses with 40 people each going up to Mt. Fuji at the time. It was mostly full of foreigners as the tour guide said that the Japanese locals will not schedule a trip to Mt. Fuji because it was mostly cloudy and raining. So on the way up, we were praying that we get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

Meet up for the tour was at the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal but since we were staying in Shinjuku and Keio Plaza hotel was a short walk away, we called the tour and had our pick up moved to Keio Plaza.

The Bus Terminal was crowded when we arrived but they will give out stickers to identify you as part of the tour.

It was more than an hour's bus ride going up to the Mt. Fuji visitor's center which was our first stop. There really wasn't anything to do here but you can grab a bite if you did not get the chance to have breakfast.

This was very near the Mt. Fuji Visitor's center, I don't know if this was Fuji Q but the tour guide said this was one of the fastest coasters in the world. It would have been nice to go here. For next time!

Our tour guide Akiko had a lot of historical trivia but she was very very serious

The Mt. Fuji Visitor's center

Only up to the 4th station (there were six stations, the higher the station the closer to the summit) was open for the day so we went down but it was too foggy to see anything. We just played around with the snow.

very foggy

Dirty snow

Japan Alps

On the way back down, Mt. Fuji showed himself so our tour guide asked the bus driver to stop so we can take pictures for around 5 minutes.

Mt. Fuji

We availed of the lunch that was being offered with the tour and the lunch was inside one of a hotel. This was described as a Japanese traditional lunch.

The traditional lunch had salmon sushi, fried chicken, tuna, tempura, bowl of rice, & udon

After lunch, we rode the ferry along Lake Ashi and everything was just beautiful.

If you really wanna see the view, don't sit down. Go up the topmost floor and stay outside. The ride is just 7 minutes after all

Then up the Komagatake ropeway. This wasn't a cable car ride where you ride with only 3-4 people, this was more like a bus ride where you are with around 50 people standing. It was so cold up the mountain but we just had to climb the stairs to see the temple in the middle.

No use renting this since it was too foggy

The temple we wanted to see

Look at the temple far beyond

It was so foggy

You only see the road just ahead of you.

Afterwards, we rode the Bullet Train or the Shinkansen back to Tokyo and we arrived really early at around 5:30.

Overall, I recommend doing the tour. I am not really a fan of tours in general since you have to wait for other people and you are very conscious of the time but I feel that this tour was worth it. We paid around 6,000 pesos per person for this 1 day tour.
Had dinner in Shinagawa station

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