Japan Day 10: Travelling to Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji
Day ten was a long day of travelling, made even longer when we accidentally boarded the wrong train headed west instead of east. Oops. However, now we can say we’ve been to Yamaguchi. The train ride from Hiroshima was a bit complicated, but the lady at the Yamaguchi station set up all the tickets for us and printed out a time table for us! From Hiroshima (or Yamaguchi if you mess up…..) we took the Sakura line to Kobe. From Kobe we transferred to the Hikari shinkansen to Yokohama. From Yokohama we took the limited express to Atami where we transferred to a train for Otsuki, where we bought a separate ticket (not included on our JR Pass) on the Fuji train to Kawaguchiko. It seems like the route is a lot simpler now, but Hyperdia is a great tool in figuring out the best train routes in Japan. http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
We arrived at Kawaguchiko after dark, and the bus to our hostel had stopped running… so being pretty unprepared, and using a badly drawn map I had drawn in my sketch book, we walked off in the direction of our hostel…..
About 45 minutes later we found the hostel, which I had trouble identifying, and was very uncertain about approaching. However, everything worked out great and the hostel was perfect in every way! https://www.facebook.com/Tourist-home-Fugakuso-near-World-heritage-Mt-Fuji-Japan-%E5%AF%8C%E5%A3%AB%E6%B2%B3%E5%8F%A3%E6%B9%96-%E6%B0%91%E5%AE%BF-%E5%AF%8C%E5%B2%B3%E8%8D%98-109207575834073/
It was called Tourist home Fugakuso and can be booked thru multiple online booking sites. The man who runs the hostel lives on the main floor, and he is very willing to give you a lift to the station and back. Our room was a traditional tatami room, with heated kotatsu! We arrived at night, so we were unaware until the morning that Mt. Fuji was right outside our window! Such an amazing view!