After glimpsing Mt Fuji through the train window, I wanted a closer look at it.Seishun 18 Kippu would involve riding non-JR train lines, which aren’t covered by the ticket, and Fujinomiya had just enough attractions to fit neatly into a day trip, so off I went.
The first thing I did was head to the bus stop, and buy a ticket to Shiraito Falls, a nearby waterfall made up of the melt water from Mt Fuji’s peak.The bus ride took about half an hour, and there were a surprising number of tourists at the falls already (and of course, lots of souvenir stands to take advantage of the crowds!)There was an amazing view of Mt Fuji from the car park, and I got to try Fujinomiya yakisoba at one of the stalls.
The waterfalls themselves were stunning.Definitely worth a visit!
After heading back to the town centre, I visited Fujinomiya’s famous Fujisan Sengen Shrine.
This is one of the oldest and most important shrines in the region, and the traditional starting point for climbing Mt Fuji.
I was lucky enough to see some of the shrine’s 500 cherry trees blooming as I wandered around the shrine grounds.
It was very beautiful, and relaxing after all the tourists around the waterfalls.After looking at the shrine, I walked back to the train station and headed home.
(To be continued …!)