The tour bus went from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi-ko, one of five lakes around Mount Fuji. We didn't ride a boat, as some tours of some lakes do. Maybe next time. We were not sure we would see the mountain as it was mighty cloudy. In the picture below and to the right, Mount Fuji is obscured by clouds.
|View of Lake and not Mount Fuji
From there, we went a cheesy tourist town that was built around an old spring.
|Pool of cold water for absolution
Then we had lunch in Oshino Ninja Village. There was much ninja stuff for kids. I was very jealous, but was able to rent five throwing stars and see if my frisbee skills translated. No, they did not. I did hit the target once in five tries.
|Kids ducking under camoflauge net
|Kids racing the barrel roll
|Last part of obstacle course--sticking face into white stuff
and grabbing a fish (gummy?) with one's teeth
|When we first got to station five (a major starting point for
climbing to the top), it was pretty fogging.
|Horses awaiting passengers, but it is the slow season
|Starting to blow/burn off, the shops/info center
|Mount Fuji being shy
|Mount Fuji in all of its glory
Anyhow, despite the traffic and the wasted time in the one village, it was a very positive experience. I am glad I spent the debate going to this amazing place. Check another dead (or not so dead?) volcano off of my bucket list.