We decided to pay for a tour to see Mt. Fuji because it seemed a little complicated to get there on our own. During our time in Japan, we have found it quite difficult to find specific locations - especially after getting directions online. So, a tour it was.
|Our first stop to see Mt. Fuji...yes, blocked by clouds|
|It really is there|
|As we drove towards the 5th station, I got a better view|
|We made it to the 5th Station!|
|And this is the view of Mt. Fuji that we got|
|At least this little girl entertained me|
After this quick visit to Mt. Fuji, we headed towards Hakone for a cruise on Lake Ashi. This crater filled lake was created from a volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago. It promised postcard views of Mt. Fuji from various angles but with our luck with the weather, we didn't see much. We still really enjoyed the short cruise on the lake though.
|Our boat for the cruise on Lake Ashi|
|Waiting to board the boat|
|Paul and his Asian pose|
|The fog made it look mystical|
|It appears to be...a pirate ship!|
|Torii in the water|
|There's the aerial cableway we are to take for the great views|
|Hakone-en Lake Side Park|
|Boats waiting for tourists|
|Here we are in the aerial cable car|
|And here's the view|
|Reminded us of when we went to see the Cliffs of Mohr - this happens to us all the time|
|So, we headed back down|
|The fog was pretty crazy|
|You really couldn't see anything|
|Look at how the cable just disappears|
|It cleared up once we got a bit lower|
We then had some time to kill so we browsed the shops.
|Paul always makes me laugh|
|Not good for Paul's back but he insisted I take this picture|
We then headed to the train station and took yet another bullet train back to Tokyo. Click here to check out how fast these trains go!
Here's my favorite souvenir from the day:
|Since we really didn't see Mt. Fuji, we got this made|