Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Onsen Here I Come (Onsenji Yume-Dono) ^^

IMG_8238The lady at the tourist information centre at Kawaguchiko Station recommended Onsenji Yume-Dono Ryokan to us for onsen. It can be reached by alighting at Ogi bus stop from the Kawaguchiko Retro Bus. 

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Autumn leaves spotted just outside the entrance to Onsenji Yume-Dono.

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The entrance. We cannot wait to soak ourselves in the onsen given the cold weather! I think the charges are 1000 yen? Could not exactly remember. >.<

The male receptionist was kinda good looking. Hehe. We bought the towel from the vending machine and we were ready to soak!

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We were lucky or maybe we were early because the onsen area was totally empty. This is the bathing area. Shampoo and shower all provided.

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This is the outdoor onsen. I really love outdoor onsen because the air is cold on top while the body is hot. 

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This is also outdoor. Each tub is for different health reason.

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This is indoor hot spring.

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We totally love this. The bubbling hot spring felt like massaging on the body. Super relaxing and pressure releasing. ^^

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After soaking and bathing, there are also ionic hair dryers available to blow the hair. In the changing room after soaking. Feeling refresh!

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Us after soaking. Looking radiant?

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There is also a resting area with heater on where we can rest after soaking in the onsen. Free hot green tea along the corridor or buy a drink from the vending machine like me.

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Autumn leaves spotted within the onsen ryokan as well.

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The street outside the onsen ryokan. How beautiful with the blue sky and mountainous background.

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We crossed the street to the bus stop opposite to wait for the next retro bus to our next stop – Shizen Seikatsukan. 🙂

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Taking a selfie while waiting for bus and the wind was so strong! The bus took a long while to come and for a moment, we thought we waited at the wrong place. 

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The retro bus route map. The bus was crowded when it arrived but lucky we still managed to squeeze in. ^^

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!!!

Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Lake Kawaguchiko So Beautiful :)

IMG_8112Our first stop was to go Kachi Kachi Ropeway and so we alighted at the bus stop Yuransen Ropeway Iriguchi from the retro bus. The moment we alighted from the bus, we were awed by the beautiful sight of Lake Kawaguchiko!

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Lake Kawaguchiko!

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The swan paddle which I wanted to ride but did not. Hu!

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Autumn is peak! Look at how red those leaves were. Cannot help but took a photo with it in an artistic pose. Lol!

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More autumn leaves!

Next post on Kachi Kachi Ropeway. ^^

Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Hello Mt Fuji @ Kawaguchiko

IMG_80666 November 2013 – Been eating too much for the past few days and hence, I had mixed vegetable and fruit juice for breakfast in the hotel room before leaving for Shinjuku to board the highway express bus to Kawaguchiko.

We reserved the earliest bus and so we got to leave the hotel at 6.30am. Cold outside, super cold! 

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On board the highway bus, a 1.5 hours journey. We fell asleep on board and woke up to the blue sky and mountainous scenery. Pretty~~~~

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Finally we reached at around 9am or so. Kawaguchiko Station! Still cold because it was still early in the morning. And I was trying to tolerate the cold as I did not want to take photos with the jacket (like all the time!). >.<

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We bought the one-day kawaguchiko retro bus pass for 1000 yen from the station. So beautiful bus pass yo! We also popped by the tourist information centre at the station to get the retro bus route, map and timetable, and to get recommendations for onsen. 

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Since it was still early for the next retro bus to arrive, we walked around the station and the scenery was great! Though it was cloudy and Mt Fuji was nowhere in sight! I am always that unlucky when it comes to weather. Oh and autumn was peak at Kawaguchiko when we were there on 6 November 2013! Autumn leaves everywhere and it was so beautiful. 🙂

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With trains. ^^

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A selfie when there is nothing to do while waiting for bus.

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A map of Fuji Five Lakes at the bus stop at Kawaguchiko Station.

Guess what is our first stop? Heh.

Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Flying to Japan again after 8 months!

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31 October Night – OOTD for flight to Japan! I have been planning for a Free and Easy travel to Japan, mainly – Tokyo (just for shopping), Kyoto, Nara, Hakone and Kawaguchiko – to hunt down the many World Heritage places.

The planning took me several months because I am one for details and also, I totally have no idea on how to read a map. Alright, maybe simple map, yes, but not the complicated ones. For someone like me, I will need to research on the easiest way of transport to tourist attractions as well as description of directions. Oh well. I am done and here we go.

Oh and I managed to catch hold of the SQ promotion which cost me ‘all-in’ $788 for a return flight to Tokyo. (If only the luggage check-in weight increment to 30kg is implemented earlier) Heh!

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This time round, I am not going with my parents. I am travelling with one of my best-est friend, Hui Ping. It has been 4 years since I last traveled with her!

We met up for an early check-in and settled down at Coffee Bean for salad and hot drinks before the flight. The salad at Coffee Bean is bad. I like the shredded chicken, egg, tomatoes, cheese and all but the sauce is really too much and overwhelming!

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This time round, I got the seats at the upper deck of SQ A380 and it is definitely a much better experience than the previous time when I was seated at the lower deck. It is more quiet, less busy and the seats are 2 by 4 by 2. The window seats have a storage compartment (which is quite spacious) by the side which is so much more convenient for me to store my barang barang.

But remember, do not choose row 74! Because there is no storage compartment for this row. I choose it unknowingly for my return flight. 😦

After 7 hours of sleep, awake by baby crying, sleep, awake by baby crying, we finally saw the sun rising into the sky! The baby crying is really non-tolerable because he is crying non-stop! Cried for 10 minutes stop for 5 minutes and cries again. How lucky am I when I meet the same baby again on my return flight. Oh well.

Nonetheless, since I am on a holiday mood, nothing can spoil it and I remain excited + happy that I am landing in Japan soon! 😀

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Landed around 7.30am (Japan time). The queue at the immigration is terrible as it is super long! I thought I should take a photo of the long queue (since I am too bored queuing). Suddenly, one of the officer shouts at me to stop taking photo. Fine.

My first encounter of a fierce Japanese in my so many trips. Alright, I think not the first one but one of the rare happenings. 😛

This post is not too interesting since it is mostly about me ranting on and on. Opps. I shall end here.