I finally got to the Mount Fuji area, in particular the Kawaguchiko village, last night after spending all day on trains and buses. To be fair, most folk thought I was mad coming up from Beppu to Fuji in a day, and in hindsight there were other places I would have liked to stop on the way, but that’s what I get for planning things out last week….it just stuck in my head and I couldn’t be bothered changing it.
So it was at Beppu train station by 0715, 5 train changes as I had to stop off in Kyoto to pick up my 20kg rucksack I left for almost ten days, and two buses. To be fair, the train changes were easy and twice involved just getting off, waiting on the same platform for a few minutes, then stepping on the next train. Rail travel here really is a joy.
And now I’m in K’s House hostel – another branch of the one I stayed at in Kyoto. Now I did think New Zealand had the best hostels, but if I owned a hostel I’d want it to be one like K’s. Super chilled out, free internet, 50″ plasma TV with free DVD’s, bike hire, superb lounge area including a traditional Japanese section, bunk beds that don’t squeak, fantastic showers, and a great kitchen.
Unfortunately I’m finding it a bit too chilled as I’ve hardly left the place. I’m getting into a mood of looking into things I can do when I get back so have been doing a lot of research into things online.
You see it’s like this. I’m only a few kilometres from the foot of Mt Fuji. It’s cloudy. I can’t see it. I didn’t see it from the train yesterday. All the other treks wouldn’t give you the best views, so basically I’m taking advantage of a quiet hostel. I may even stay here another night here as I’ll only spend a load of cash in Tokyo (although I am also staying at K’s House there).
I did rent a bike for a couple of hours today though and went a cycle around Lake Kawaguchiko which was more than adequate exercise for one day I reckon!
Speaking of exercise I have had my first work opportunity offered to me from a good friend…..now don’t laugh but I can help him labouring for some extra cash so I may well take him up on that in Edinburgh for a little bit while I pretend to develop other ideas!