Japanese stories. 05

Slowly we’re getting closer to the end of my story about travel in Japan. Last time I told you about Shirakawa-go, small village not far from Nagoya. I wasn’t impressed much and in the evening left back to Nagoya. I had one night to stay and then go to Fujiyoshida by bus company «Willer Express». The hostel is called Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae. Very close to the railway and bus station — super convenient for travelers.

Fujiyoshida is a small town near mount Fuji. In winter it’s snowing almost everyday, but the whole place look very clean. Every night citizens and road service workers clean the snow. Small town has several malls, restaurants, hotels and guesthouses, lake and three tourist routes around the place.

On booking.com I booked Hostel  Mount Fuji You! It’s a nice and clean place, owned by an old man who’s taking care of everything around: cleaning, breakfast, baking bread, giving advice to the tourists, repairing equipment and so on. He reminded me of my dad who always tries to take care of everything. The owner recommended me to buy two-day pass and travel around by bus. Also he explained how to get to the bus station, how much is the train, what to visit based on how many days I stay in Fujiyoshida.

Across the hostel there was one sushi restaurant. I ate sushi everywhere I went in Japan. Fujiyoshida wasn’t an exception. As you can see it is a typical sushi restaurant — the cook is behind the counter, there are many sushi rolling around the tables. You pick up the plate and eat. The color of plates represents the price — prices you may see at the bottom of the photo.

When I went for a walk and then moved to Fuji it began snowing. It wasn’t nasty or cold, but it was getting dark very fast. I got on the bus but then halfway to the place I wanted to visit realized it’s too late. I won’t be able to go back to the hostel. So, I left the bus and was walking around the lake under falling snowflakes.

This is the train station on Fujiyoshida. Snowing doesn’t cause transport collapse as it happens in the Netherlands. I remember all trains were cancelled when it was snowing in January 2015.

There is almost nobody on the train in winter. I didn’t see many European and American tourists. Mostly Chinese and Taiwanese tourists visit Fuji in winter, also young Japanese families.

Next day I made a long trip around Fuji. I got up early and moved to the bus station. The weather was fantastic, very big difference with the previous day. I barely worn coat, just sweater.

This is the farthest point I got to by bus. Spent around 40 minutes to get there. One of the smaller lakes around Fuji. There is a resort facility behind me and boat rent station. However in winter everything is shut down. Unfortunately. But in summer, I bet, this place is full of people.

This is my walk-around near Fuji and small neighborhood. Met several men walking dogs, kids playing. Although the place seemed rather abandoned. I wish I could visit the place in spring or summer to see the difference.

As you can see — nobody. Even in Shirakawa-go I met more people. Also was very impressed by tiny Japanese alleyways. Everything is small, cozy, tidy, you can sometimes enter the garden or backyard, walk around and go back. People are very hospitable. However they always close the windows and curtains (if there are some). It is a huge difference with the Netherlands I mentioned above. When you walk in Amsterdam, Texel island you can even see what people are doing at home, how they are dining, etc. People are more opened.

This is it. Sunset Fuji. It was a nice cigarette smoked on the terrace looking at Fuji-san.

Next time I will tell you about my Tokyo days and then about Yokohama. Then I will get back to my Chinese daily life and probably will share all the videos and short movies we made in half a year. Also will provide summary about my activities in Shanghai. See you!

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