Day 6 Fuji-San
Today we try our luck to catch a glimpse of the legendary Mount Fuji. The trip started from Tokyo Central Station to Odawara on the Shinkansen (this train en route to Shin-Osaka as we took the Kodama superexpress).
From Odawara, one can transfer to another hill climb to view the majestic mountain by following a trail where three vintage views can be found by boarding the Hikone line, a train that leads to the trail. Hikone, of course is a mountainous area so get ready with your wind breaker. Today it was raining in the morning and the chances of finding this glimpse could be reduced to zero!
Upon arriving at Odawara, we immediately board the Hikone line train, costing us Yen 1750 per person on a day pass. The trail is a triangle shape ranging from a place known as Hikone on a bus no. 11 to Gora on the second corner and of course, Hikone-Motohakone at the final corner. The journey started with train no.11 and changes to train number 3 in Hakone-Yumoto.The view was so spectacular as we climb hill, supposedly getting you up to a cable car so that you can enjoy the view of the legendary mountain.
We decided to have lunch earlier here as the chance of seeing the real thing is so low at the early morning rain. At least after lunch or later we can hope that the sunshine will be up! The lunch at this station was great, I had a simple ramen with pork. The view beside the café is so complimented by the clean river beneath.
After lunch we continued our journey on train number 3. Somehow a smaller and narrow train to climbed the hilly areas. This is one excited train ride, not just the forest and flowers decorating the rail line; but the manner the train reaches the top! This is how. The train will move forward as usual, but this one will change its direction after a few halts. It’s like a zig zig patter that the train will reach the halt, changes line quickly and the train now moves in reverse to climb another part of the hill. So depends on where you sit, you will feel that the train now moves in reverse. No worry, it has just changed to another track to climb further! The train then repeated this pattern trice to reach the top.
Upon reaching the top with the rain continue to paint the mountain, we decided to descend to the final corner at MotoHikone. This time we have to descend with the “H” bus. Apparently there are two vintage points to catch Mount Fuji. Both are at the rim of Lake Ashi. The descend took us about half an hour through a winding road. Not giving up, we managed to get a glimpse, a very faint one but visible to us as the legendary Fuji! With the rain still drizzling, the view had just satisfied our eagerness to see the mountain. It was a very faint one but the mountain top seems to have a little patches of snow on the top. Can’t show you at the time of writing as the view was captured in my dslr.
With that we decide to call it a day as we were also catching a Shinkansen back to Kyoto before it is too late to check in again into our hostel. It is then again on a Shinkansen, the crowd missing as today is a Sunday. The train cruises at an average of 460kmand hour but unfortunately for us, we only managed to get the Kodama line with too many stops. But….
When things not get expected, my daughter prompted us on Mount Fuji on our right as we cruise in the Shinkansen. With jubilation, we got a much better and clearer view of the mountain, just before Shin-Fuji station! (Tokyo-Kyoto direction). What an amazing view! Although missing out the ice top of mountain, the sight is just satisfying. To me it could be once in a life time!