Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Despite the fact that this is our third trip to Japan, we still haven’t made a trek out to see Mt Fuji. Now that we’ve actually looked into it, I can kinda see why. Unless you’re planning to climb the mountain, going to the mountain itself doesn’t give a very good view. This website (http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/9-best-places-to-see-Mount-Fuji) lists some nice places to see the mountain from, but a lot of them are pretty far from Tokyo, even by train. MrFodder wanted to visit the suicide forest (aokigahara), but even that is pretty tough to get to by public transport. In the end, we decided to go and visit Lake Kawaguchiko which is about a 3 hour train trip out of Tokyo.

On the train, there was snow everywhere. We saw so many fields and houses covered in snow, it was so pretty. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to go and play in the snow given I have lived in Australia my entire life. The first smooth patch of snow that we found was immediately taken over by us to make snow angels. Mine were pretty ugly, but MrFodder made a pretty one.

After that, what else was there to do but throw snowballs at each other? Although the term snowball is used loosely, as the snow was too powdery and soft to really pack into a ball.

We finally made it out to the lake and got a nice view of the mountain, and then began the long train ride back to Tokyo.

It was nice to see the mountain, but to be honest, it wasn’t really any different from seeing it on the train. The nicest part of today’s trip was having the chance to play in the snow. If I didn’t already have a billion and one hobbies to occupy my time, I might almost be tempted to take up skiing.

Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the doggy park, which I’m a bit sad about, because I wanted to rent a shiba inu for the day.

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One Response to Walking in a Winter Wonderland

  1. 436petabytes says:

    It’s not often you can see Japan in snow. It usually only snows a bit and it’s mostly melted the next day.

    I went to Mount Fuji in Winter without any research and there was nothing to do and wasn’t very scenic. I still have no idea what to do at the Fuji Five Lakes.

    There isn’t really anything different about Aokigahara being a suicide forest. There’s a few hiking trails and caves there. You can travel by bus, but since it’s Winter, the buses don’t come as often. Adding the bus time add extra time to travel so it’s probably better if you stayed overnight rather than come all the way from Tokyo (unless you wake up early).

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