Japan 2019 Day 20: A misty morning with Mount Fuji & a trip to Shosenkyo Gorge

Another cloudy morning, another missed sunrise! Kawaguchiko was under a blanket of cloud when we woke up, so we didn't head out of K's house until 6:30am. We drove over to Oishi park, a good base to park and explore that section of shore. We went for a walk but the sky was still looking … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 20: A misty morning with Mount Fuji & a trip to Shosenkyo Gorge

Japan 2019 Day 19: climbing Mount Kurodake for stunning views of Mount Fuji

I was committed to doing some sunrise photography on our 19th day, so we were awake and getting ready at 4am. We had decided to revisit one of our spots from the previous day, Tenka Chaya, as it has such a beautiful view. We managed to get there by 5:30, as it is a 30 … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 19: climbing Mount Kurodake for stunning views of Mount Fuji

Japan 2019 Day 18: Surprise snow for Mount Fuji

The alarm sounded at 4am and we were greeted by a foggy, cloudy morning. Tired from our hike the day before we slept a little longer and got out to Kawaguchiko's shore at 6am. The clouds had cleared and Mount Fuji had suddenly become much snowier than the day before! Fuji now had her winter … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 18: Surprise snow for Mount Fuji

Japan 2019 Day 17: Stunning views of Mount Fuji & climbing Mount Mitsutoge

When the alarm went off at 4am we were once again treated to a view of fluffy clouds and nothing else. Not to be deterred we suited up and headed back up the mountain to Hahanoshirotaki carpark, to get to the torii gate on the edge of the mountain face. As we drove through Kawaguchiko … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 17: Stunning views of Mount Fuji & climbing Mount Mitsutoge

Japan 2019 Day 16: Driving up Mount Fuji!

Our alarm went off at 4am and I immediately opened the window, to be greeted by a horizon blanketed in white cloud, and no Mount Fuji in sight. We drove back up to Hahanoshirotaki in case the cloud was low lying, but the mountains were all covered in fluffy white. After coming down the mountain … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 16: Driving up Mount Fuji!

Japan 2019 Day 15: Driving to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji

No trip to Japan would be complete without going to see Mount Fuji and no trip of mine to Japan would be complete without staying in the area for at least week! Mimicing our 2017 trip we had booked to stay 8 nights in Kawaguchiko to do some hiking, photography, and have a slower pace … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 15: Driving to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji

Japan 2019 Day 14: Tokyo's Cat Temple Gotokuji

Having been in Tokyo on 4 separate trips before, I have already visited most of the main tourist spots. I wanted to visit some less well known places in our one full Tokyo day, starting in Nezu. Nezu is north of Ueno park, and is one of the only areas in the whole of Tokyo … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 14: Tokyo's Cat Temple Gotokuji

Japan 2019 Day 13: Back to Tokyo for a gluten free feast

It was our last day in Tohoku before heading back to Tokyo and we needed to return the hire car back to Fukushima station by 2pm and watch the Shinkansen we had booked while in Mito station. We spent the morning exploring central Aizuwakamatsu by foot, going into tourist stores and getting some gifts for … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 13: Back to Tokyo for a gluten free feast

Japan 2019 Day 11: Shirakawa & Ibaraki

As we didn't do enough driving the day before, we decided another 117 miles was in order. We were driving from Fukushima down to Ibaraki prefecture, outside of Tohoku. We had some stops planned on the way, and didn't need to get to Mito in Ibaraki during day light, so we could take our time. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 11: Shirakawa & Ibaraki