How’s 2019 treating you so far? Great, I hope. And how did you welcome the new year? Did you do something traditional or the other way around? Care to share? Just leave your bits in the comments below!
If you remember, I mentioned on my previous post that I went to see the iconic Fuji-san or Mount Fuji with my lifetime travel partner to kiss 2018 goodbye and give 2019 a warm welcome. I have to say that it was a dream come true. I recall the time when I was just looking at pictures of it back home and thinking how wonderful it would be to see it in real life. Back then, it was just wishful thinking. To say that I was glad to finally catch sight of it is an understatement. Words can’t describe how I truly felt. The feeling was ineffable. It’s not being too dramatic but, if you come from a not so well off roots, you might find me more relatable.
Since I came to Japan, my life has turned a whole new page. A page that I’ve never imagined being filled with stories beyond my imagination. In all honesty, I never desired such life but who am I to question God’s plans for me? I wasn’t given the life I wanted but I’m living a life someone or a lot of people could wish for. So to show my gratitude, I traveled almost 2 hours with my husband to Yamanashi prefecture where one can catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji if the weather permits. The real reason for seeing the tallest peak of Japan wasn’t only for my amusement but for my appreciation. It was my own little way to show God how much I appreciate Him for all the things He has done for me. What better way to do that? Go see Mt. Fuji, bask in its glory, and recognize how awesome God is for it!
Indeed we were fortunate to get a clear view of the beautiful volcano (yes, it’s actually an active volcano) because sometimes it can get cloudy which leads to poor visibility. When you go to Yamanashi for the same purpose, I suggest that you book a hotel that offers a great view of it. A one-night stay is surprisingly more than enough.
If you want to have a different perspective or refuse to stay overnight, just head to Yagizaki Park. The park also lets you see Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), one of the 5 lakes that can be found around Mt. Fuji.
It was chilly but we couldn’t be bothered. The place was calming and delightful to the eyes. The park is also a great spot to enjoy hanami (cherry blossoms viewing) in spring and the herb festival from June to July.
This temple is an important cultural property of the city where its history is a fascinating thing to know.
This photo is nothing like the real thing. I just hope you can still enjoy the view. The area allowed me to behold stunning natural features of Japan.
That moment was a lot for me to take in so I deliberately asked my husband to take a photo of me which I don’t usually do in public. Yes, I’m that type of person who feels shy to take photos of herself in public. Normally, it’s my husband who takes the initiative to take snapshots of me. I only take pictures of myself or with other people when I feel like it or when there’s a significant reason. How about you?
Of course when in Yamanashi, don’t leave without trying their traditional dish, houtou.
We had ours at Houtou Fudou which was good and huge! For the address, consult Google Maps. I’m not sure how often this happens, but when we were there we had to wait in line. The dish was worth waiting, though. Simple, yet affordable, tasty, and filling.
Now that you know where to view Mt. Fuji, I hope you’ll have the best day of your life. Stay tuned for my next trip stories, tips, and whatnots!