Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Kachi Kachi Ropeway (a story of rabbit and raccoon)

IMG_8140At the entrance to Kachi Kachi Ropeway, It was crowded despite it was still early in the morning. 

The Kachi Kachi Ropeway ascends 400 meters from the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko to an observation deck near the peak of Mount Tenjo. From the observation deck, which sits more than 1000 meters above sea level, there are panoramic views of the lake below and of Mount Fuji.

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The significant rabbit at Kachi Kachi Ropeway. So cute. The story of the rabbit and the raccoon is as below. 

Mount Tenjo is the setting of Dazai Osamu’s folk story “Kachi Kachi Yama”, for which the ropeway is named, in which a rabbit gets revenge on a thieving tanuki (Japanese raccoon) by setting him on fire and drowning him in a river.

IMG_8154 IMG_8170We bought the round trip cable car tickets for 720 yen each and queued for our cable car ride. The view of the lake as the cable ascended was awesome and beautiful! There were a lot of locals on the cable car as well. The japanese ladies were hilarious when one of them started with ‘Kirei desu ne~~~ (It’s beautiful)’ and the rest followed with ‘Ne~~~~’, ‘Ne~~~~’, ‘Ne~~~~’ one after another. ^^

Nonetheless, I could feel that they are so proud of their country which is blessed with such beautiful sceneries. How I wish I live in such a beautiful country and I will just be satisfied / happy to travel within my country. >.<

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Magnificent view once we alighted from the cable car.

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As can be seen from the photo, it was kinda fogged on that day. Initially, we could only make out the body of Mt Fuji without the famous snowcapped top. For just a moment, the cloud move away and revealed the snowcapped top which got me really exhilarated.

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Photos were dark because the sun was shining so strongly from Mt Fuji side and hence, the backlight! >.< 

Like I said, for a moment the cloud move away and just for a moment, and the cloud is back. My Mt Fuji snowcapped top! Hu hu!

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And there was free photography too! Not really free, but this postcard was free. You got to pay if you want to buy the photo. Hehe. Nonetheless, I am satisfied with this. ^^

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The rabbit again!

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The view on top from the other side. It was not as fogged on this side. Nande~~~~~~

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The red and orange leaves are pretty!

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I suppose this is the small shrine at the summit of Mount Tenjo?

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A selfie again under the sun. 

Next, we will be going for onsen!!!

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