Japan Adventures – Tokyo Skytree and Mt Fuji

Hello again! I hope you guys had a great weekend (or are still having a great weekend?). This post is all about being way up high! I’ll be talking about our visit to Tokyo Skytree and our day trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone.

Tokyo Skytree

On our last leg in Tokyo, I really wanted to visit Tokyo Skytree. It’s one of the highest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world. We could go up 350m, and also 450m. Getting to the Skytree from our hotel proved to be a bit of a mission. It took almost an hour and required changing of trains. But, Google Maps helped us in the end. The tickets for this are quite pricey, but we figured we wanted to be a proper tourist, and do all the tourist things. So we bought the expensive tickets to experience both views.

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It still amazes me just how huge Tokyo is. The city seems to never end. We were 350m up and we couldn’t see the edge of the city. We wandered round the observatory just taking in this ginormous city.

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The shadow of the skytree is huge itself.

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There was also glass floor sections which made Rory really happy. He immediately stood on them, and then jumped a few times (which gave me a heart attack). I wanted to stand on it, but everytime I even tried to look down on it, I freaked out. Way too spooky for me!

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Also, anyone hear ever watch Cardcaptor Sakura? Because we came across a Kerochan cafe near the Skytree! I didn’t realize I was blinking in the photo till later, but it’s the best picture of the whole sign!

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Mt Fuji and Hakone

I knew I wanted to do a day trip out to Hakone or Lake Kawaguchiko so we could get a nice view of Mt Fuji. We impulsively landed on a one day trip to Mt Fuji and Hakone. We set off from Shinjuku around 8.30 and started on our 2 hour ride out to the 5th Station of Mt Fuji. Along the way, we got some really nice views of the volcano.

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Our first stop was at the 5th station of Mt Fuji. It’s around 2300m high, and is one of the highest points you can drive to. It’s a huge tourist spot, and the souvenir and cafe areas were packed. Then again, everywhere we went in Japan was always packed. We hung around and explored for a while before heading off for lunch.

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We had lunch next to Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the five lakes of Mt Fuji. We couldn’t see Mt Fuji from the area we were at, but we still had beautiful views!

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After lunch we headed off towards Hakone. The first stop was a 15 minute cruise across Lake Ashi. I enjoyed the ride, but every time I went outside to take photos I nearly got blown over. I always forget about that part when I’m on boats.

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Once we were in Hakone, we rode the Hakone Kamagotake ropeway. Not to be confused with Hakone Ropeway which is a different cable car. The one we went on was 15 minutes, and took us all the way up to the top of Mt Kamagotake. It was definitely an amazing experience riding that cable car. We went so high!

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Once we were at the top, we nearly got blown over again. It was so cold!! We could see all of Hakone and Lake Ashi though. If it was a clear day, we would have also been able to see Mt Fuji. We spent enough time there to enjoy the view and take pictures before retreating inside and taking the ropeway back down where it was much warmer!

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The ride back took quite long though, so we didn’t get back to our hotel till past 8pm. It was a really nice day, although I do wish we got to explore more of Hakone.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing about some of the favourite Tokyo districts we visited. Akihabara, Shibuya and Shinjuku!

Angela.

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