Onsen We’re Gonna Miss You

Our last day in Japan today. Our flight wasn’t until 6pm, so we packed up our stuff, had our regular set breakfast at Andon, stored our luggage and headed out.

   
 
We had discovered there was an onsen in close proximity to us. We got out of the train at Sugamo station, and had a bit of a wander trying to find a morning snack before heading to the onsen. We stumbled across a shopping street, and realised we had been here before on a previous trip, except last time we caught the cute little street car that runs from near Andon. We stopped in to a pickle shop for some pickled cucumbers as a snack. We got served them on little plates and sat on a small seat in the shop to eat them.

   
   
Then we headed for Sakura onsen and soaked our weary bodies. It was really nice there, and after our baths we decided to have lunch at their restaurant.

   
    
    
 
After lunch we wandered down the shopping street. Then we headed back to Andon (via the street car) to pick up our luggage and say our goodbyes.

   
 
Then it before we knew it we were on the Skyliner train headed for Narita airport.

   
   
See you next time Japan.

   
   
As we were flying in to Hong Kong, the view looked really cool and slightly eerie. You could just see the mountains in the darkness, and there were low lying clouds and the lights of Hong Kong, it all just looked awesome. The photo doesn’t really do it any justice.

  

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I’m on a (Swan) Boat! 

I’m on a (Swan) Boat! 

Today we got up really early because we were planning to catch the bus to go see the Shibazakura Moss Phlox. Yes. Lots of (mostly) pink flowers that cover an entire park with Mt Fuji as the background. We know how much the Japanese and the visitors to Japan love a good flower festival, so we were all prepared for it to be crrraaaazzzy busy. So we decided to get up early and catch the first bus to the festival. When we we made it to the bus stop however, we were informed that the flowers were only 30% in bloom, so it wouldn’t be as awesome as we’d hoped and as such, it w pretty quiet on the bus. It was quite a scenic bus trip though. Here is what it is meant to look like –

  
Here is what it looked like in reality.

  
Mount Fuji is there somewhere. It was quite cold and windy there too, but there is always time for cake.

   
 
After a bit more of a wander around and some steamed buns and a grilled fish, we high tailed it out of there. Back on to a bus to the station to transfer to another bus to take us to another of the Fuji 5 Lakes – Yamanakako. We were headed there with one mission in mind – to ride the giant swan boat. But as our bus rounded a corner and the swan boat became visible in the distance, panic set in. What if it’s not operating today? What if it’s booked out? What if they just don’t like the the look of us and won’t let us on? Luckily, none of those thought ps became reality, and before we knew it we were cruising the lake on a giant swan boat. Dream achieved. 

   
    
    
    
   
Mount Fuji even emerged from behind the clouds part way in to the cruise. It was a Swan Lake miracle. 

  
After that, it was way past our lunch time, but food options were slim, so we got back on a bus, but got out at Fuji San station where Mos Burger saved our life.

  
Then we headed for Fujiyama onsen. We checked out Fuji Q Highland theme park from behind the fence. Their rollercoaster is huuuuuuge!

   
    
   
Then, best onsen ever.

  

Eat. Ski. Onsen.

That’s pretty much our life at the moment. First we eat a delicious (and very large) breakfast at our accomdation. (Note: we are the only people staying in the hotel at the moment which is pretty cool)

   
 
Then we head up the mountain on the gondola.

   
 
Then skiing/snowboarding.

  
Until it’s time to break for lunch.

  
Always time for ice cream. Especially Apple flavoured ice cream.

   
 
Then a few more runs in the afternoon to work off lunch.

   
 
And then it’s off to the onsen to revive tired legs. First stop, the foot onsen. 

   
 
Then Furasato No Yu for a good soak.

  
Then we collect our eggs cooked in the cooking onsen for our dinner. 

   
 
We see nice scenery as we are walking around.

  
And then it’s dinner time. Random things bought from various locations around Nozawa. Itadakimasu!