–We visited the highest mountain in Japan today and a World Heritage Site. And did you know it is an active volcano? Don’t worry, I’m still here! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have a “perfect view” but our tour guide Miyuki “Miki” made up for it – as she kept us enchanted and educated all day throughout our journey in the clouds and on the lake. AF hot and humid day…we were mesmorized by facts and interesting stories throughout Japan’s history and fascinated by this ancient and modern culture for respect, love and passion for life, beauty, nature and ancestry worship. We then had a traditional Japanese “box” lunch, and believe me it wasn’t a box. Can you guess what types of food we ate? A short cruise on Lake Ashi and a meeting with a nine-headed dragon-serpent (Kori-ryujin-sai) at the Fuji-Izu National Park as well as a gondola ride up the Hakone summit of Mt. Komagatake Ropeway was beyond my wildest imagination…you only need to believe.
The Japanese cedars were magnificent! A speeding bullet train back to Tokyo (in half the bus travel time from morning) made us realize how VERY efficient the Japanese transit system is…because of their subway lines and bus/trains. Now it’s time for bed… sweet dreams and another adventure tomorrow,