Onward to Fuji-san. Wet.
We caught a glimpse of Fuji-san the afternoon we arrived.
Gate to the shrine for Fuji-san. This is the traditional starting-point for the pilgrimage hike up the mountain. Nowadays, most people start at the “5th Station”, halfway up. There are two other gates, one of which is in the middle on nearby Fuji-Yoshida!
The hotel was a bit isolated, across the lake from Kawaguchiko/Fuji-Yoshida. One bus runs every couple hours, so it wasn’t easy to casually explore out in the rain. There were a few interesting architectural oddities.
The first day was the best view we had of Fuji-san, and we took a last forlorn look as we got on the bus.
We’ll leave you today with this freaky Richard Gere look-a-like, ex-prime minister of Japan.