Day 5 – Hakone – Mt. Fuji

We joined a guided tour to Mt. Fuji that started at Shinjuku Washington Hotel.

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Photo by: Glenn Lotho

We relaxed on a two-hour coach ride to Odawara located in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The guide told us we’ll get 3 chances to see Mt. Fuji, one on the way to Odawara (in the bus), one at Lake Ashi, and one at Mishima Skywalk.

About an hour and a half on our way, the guide woke us up and told us that Mt. Fuji was visible. I scanned the horizon wide-eyed and there it was, Fuji-san, all glorious and unbelievable, with it’s perfect shape and its snowy cap.

I swear these photo do not give justice to the real thing:

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The bus parked at the Odawara Castle complex and we were given 50 minutes to explore the castle grounds and park.

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After the Odawara Castle, it was time for lunch! We went to the nearby Minoya Kichibei Restaurant for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch with fresh crab.

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After lunch, we were driven to Hakone for the 30-minute Lake Ashi Cruise on a replica pirate ship.

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Photo by: Glenn Lotho

The view was mesmerising as the ship glided across the crater lake. Unfortunately, Mt. Fuji was a no-show that afternoon.

 

The next and last destination for the day was the Mishima Skywalk, Japan’s longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge. We had a lot of fun crossing the bridge, though Mt. Fuji was MIA again.

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Photo by: Glenn Lotho
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Photo by: Glenn Lotho

We headed back to Tokyo right after the skywalk. We arrived at Shinjuku Station by 5:30pm. It was our last day in Tokyo, we had a scheduled sleeper bus to Osaka in the evening. So we decided to eat at a nice Yakiniku, a station away from Hatagaya.

The restaurant was called Gyukaku. We had to walk downstairs to enter. It was small but homey. The food was so delicious!

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Caramel popcorn ice cream!! #drool

We went back to Sakura Hotel Hatagaya to get our luggage and to get ready for our overnight bus ride.

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