The country of no frictions

After leaving Tokyo, we set out to cross something out of Minna’s bucket list: Mount Fuji. Reaching the area of Fuji-Kawaguchiko is, however, not that simple. Especially when wanting to discover the city of Hakone on the way. Metro, Shinkansen (the mega fast train), train, another train, a mountain train, a cable car, a boat, a bus and walking. Then the morning after a bus, another bus, a third bus and a fourth bus. Japan is however Japan, which means that everything is always on time and thought through. Therefore, every change of transportation went amazingly smooth. The Swedish train corporation could seriously use some advice…

Some dreams should be left at imagination though. As with Mount Fuji. It’s only visible around 80 days per year and this was not one of these days. Yet we did have a really good time there and a well-deserved rest. We stayed at an incredible location with views over the Kawaguchiko Lake from our balcony. In the areas of hot springs, our hotel also offered Japanese Onsen (Japanese spa) that we were lucky to have to ourselves. And before dawn, we were actually able to get a glimpse of Fuji behind the clouds. Such a happy moment!

Getting a glimpse of Mount Fuji behind the clouds from the balcony.

Next up was Kyoto! There had to be some changes of plans here for the better, which excluded the long trip to Hiroshima. As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto holds a lot of history as well as one of the most beautiful temples we have ever seen (and yes, we have seen many over the years). The golden temple. We also enjoyed ourselves some massage and facial treatment at the local beauty place Kayco Vivid. Top three treatments ever had! I guess Swedish spas could use some advice as well…

Kinkaku-ji Temple – The Golden Pavilion.

Kinkaku-ji Temple – The Golden Pavilion.

Visiting a cat cafe in Kyoto.

Visiting a cat cafe in Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Taisha. Maybe you recognise the shrines from the Geisha movie?

Kiyomizu-dera temple.

Minna in the streets of Kyoto.

Thanks to the great transportation in Japan, we could easily make some day tours to neighbour cities of Kyoto, such as Osaka and Nara. Osaka is the second largest city in Tokyo yet has taken the approach as the the more laid-back place. Must say we were surprised how much we liked it! Nara is on the other hand much smaller in size and most known for its park with temples and deers(!). They have become so used to human that they don’t mind to be patted or fed. Minna’s ice cream was for example high up on their wish list!

Osaka castle.

Viktor and the Running man in the background.

The famous large crab of Osaka.

The deer park in Nara.

Our new friend.

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