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Lake Kawaguchi

August 24th, 2008

Here we are in Kawaguchi-ko, just off the bus. We’re at the base of Mt. Fuji, though you wouldn’t know it just by looking. We un-lucked into a stretch of rain, and you can’t see much of anything…. But you can tell that you’re in the countryside from all the English mistakes.

We took the bus up here because it’s a good, hassle-free way to get to the area. Now that we’re here, and especially since it’s raining and my foot happens to be hurt, we’ve decided to go wild and rent a car for a few days.

That’s the bus just above; we won’t pick up the car for another hour or so. More from our adventures at Kawaguchi-ko soon!

Edit: here’s a bonus Engrish photo from the gyoza restaurant we’re at:

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  1. Stuart
    August 24th, 2008 at 15:18 | #1

    I spent a day trip in Kawaguchiko (spent time in the town by the lake itself; didn’t go to the mountain) and I don’t remember seeing any English at all, not even Engrish! Didn’t meet a single English speaker on that trip, but I had just been through a year long class of Japanese so I got by OK :) I enjoy the Japanese countryside a lot, it’s so very green. I took the Chuo Line on that trip, and once you get into the mountains it’s just an amazingly beautiful sight. However, the train from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko takes forever and costs so much!!

  2. Hachi Gatsu
    August 29th, 2008 at 05:46 | #2

    Nice, I went to Kawaguchi with some of the others from LCJ. During the bus ride there, I was able to see Mt. Fuji in full view with no clouds in site, but sadly that didn’t last long as the moment we arrived at the base the clouds had rolled in again and they were there to stay for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

  3. Luis
    August 29th, 2008 at 09:33 | #3

    Yeah, that happens a lot. Be thankful you didn’t try to climb Fuji and then the weather turned. I saw lots of very unhappy climbers at the station. Several years ago, I actually organized an LCJ faculty & student trip to climb Fuji, but then I fell ill and had to withdraw–and when people came back, they told of Fuji being enshrouded in clouds and nothing visible from anywhere. Ouch.

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