Friday 12th October
Beautiful morning and a clear view of Mt Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Surprised it does not have snow on top, thought it was one of those mountains that always did. Discovered we could open the window so we pull back both halves and sat in the early morning fresh air taking photos as the workers below walked to work.
After another fish dominated meal for breakfast, we took the courtesy van back to Kawaguchiko Station to catch the No. 6 bus to Fifth Station, the highest the bus takes you up the mountain. We caught the first one at 9:20am which seems a little late if you were wanting to climb to the summit, would probably have to organise private transport. Anyway, not our intention.
You could feel the temperature drop as the bus climbed and you would have thought we were in the artic as Chris piled on jumper, jacket and scarf. The 5th Station is 2,305m above sea level. We took a few photos before walking part of the Yoshida Trail up to the 6th Station.
The weather went down hill pretty quickly as cloud blew up the mountain. We stood and watched as it moved passed us. The walk was a mixture of scoria and layed stones so some bits we easy going and others quite slidey. Got to 6th station, 2,390m and decided that was far enough.
As soon as we started to descend the weather started to clear, but by the time we got back to the 5th station it was coming in again.
Just missed the 11:50am return bus so had to wait till 13:20. Had lunch to pass the time but the food was pretty average though they did put the rice in a mould to look like Fuji. You need to order food via a coin operated ticket machine with pictures and then hand the printed ticket to the person behind the counter. Quite cold by now and thankfully the bus let us on 20minutes early to sit in the warmth.
Pick up a few supplies from the 7/11 I spotted as the bus brought us back, essentails like Sapporo and Asahi Beers, chips and scorched almonds. Yum. Dinner was pretty much a similar version of last nights though we understood what we needed to do this time though still too much fish. This one put Chris off I think.
A short, quick walk after dinner as it was very cold. I wonder if there will be snow tomorrow.