Kawaguchi-ko – 2 day cycling around Mt. Fuji (apparently)
We looked so much forward to this cycling tour around Mt. Fuji, but Typhoon No. 18 faded a bit too slowly and so the didn’t even catch a glimps of Fuji-San while surrounding it with the bikes.
Anyway the trip bared otherwise some funny moments, for example the Japanese style room we had at the Kawaguchi-ko Station Inn (a premium hotel…. 😉 kind of Jugi-style but with an Onsen on the top floor which was quite ok). However when getting into the room it is kind of funny if you only see a coffee table and nothing else. Not to mention all the ‘Pantoffel-terror’ before you actually manage to get into your room ha ha… in the toilet we even had wodden flip-flops… the click clock did for sure remind you not to leave the toilet with them – can be an advantage…
then next was – in Kawaguchi-ko is last order in the restaurants around 19:30h. So as we had the hand over of the bikes etc. upon arrival we had exactly 20 mins to find the place in the pitch dark village (hardly no streetlights) without a map and the restaurants with their names only written in Japanese. Of course we didn’t find the one intended to go to – but it was a kind of survival tour, either we get something now or we will have to go to the supermarket and eat crisps… so then better stay in the one where they said they ‘re-open’ the kitchen (they were busy cleaning the kitchen when we arrived!) So that day was the Sushi day. Sushi for lunch and Sushi for dinner…. hmm a bit a lot of cold fish but it was delicious and accompanied with the Shogun Movie on the TV it was really funny… clear case where Tarantino gathered his inspiration for Kill Bill from.. ha ha
(eeeh better don’t show this pic to the Sushi class teacher…)
In the morning we got off with the bikes in our brand new Japan Cycling shirts full of hope to see Mt. Fuji – but nope. First day was pretty easy around 500m ascent and approx. 80km. So we arrived quite quickly at the other place Fujinomiya where the dinner quest got repeated (just with the difference that i was convinced we will find this restaurant from Tripadvisor…. forget it – it was the Korean BBQ by the station in the end which was actually pretty good!)
Day 2 was the tougher one… 1500m ascent on a distance of approx 80km. Clearly we needed a decent lunch when doing such serious cycling 😉
hmmm i know, there are so many food pics of the whole Japan holiday… but Japanese food is outstanding and you always have so much time to take pictures during a meal. Again from cycling some funny go pro’s if i only could upload them. looking forward to staying again in some hostels in Southamerica… maybe there somebody can help me. These are the places where you learn all sorts of things!