A Trip to Mt. Fuji
One day in mid-November some years ago, three of my very kind Japanese
friends took me on a trip to Mt. Fuji. I met Takakatsu and Aki at the station
and we travelled together by train to the outskirts of Tokyo.
Along the way I distinctly remember seeing wild monkeys playing by the
side of the train track − I hadn't expected to see wild animals so close
to Tokyo. We met another friend, Yasuyuki, at the end of the line and
he drove us in his beautiful new four wheel drive car to the Fuji area.
It was autumn and the colors of the trees were stunning. This was my first
and only experience on Japanese roads and I was very impressed - the roads
were in good condition and the people were driving very well. I was also
impressed with the landscape along the way: it was beautiful.
We didn't climb Mt. Fuji but we had an excellent view of it for most of
the day. It really is an extraordinary mountain. Unfortunately, when we
took a cable car to a special viewing spot, the sky became overcast with
clouds and we couldn't see anything at all! I didn't mind so much - I
was happy to be out of Tokyo for the day in the fresh air, surrounded
For lunch, my friends took me to a local restaurant where we tried a local
dish. To be honest, I wasn't crazy about this dish. If I remember correctly,
it contained pumpkin and noodles. After lunch, we explored some local
markets, we visited some local tourist attractions and we fed some carp
in the lake. The carp were gorgeous colors and very fat and healthy. For
most of the afternoon we were walking and so we had a lot of exercise.
Oh and we took lots of photos too. Naturally I have a photo of our group
in front of the famous Mt. Fuji!
There were a lot of other Japanese people having a nice day out too. They
were very relaxed and happy, talking and laughing a lot. It was a pleasure
to be amongst Japanese tourists in their own country.
If there is a point to this essay then it is this: you don't have to climb
Mt. Fuji to enjoy it. The area itself is pleasant and relaxing with plenty
to see and do - I recommend it!