My first trip of the Spring season was quite a lucky one. Warm weather and clear skies made for great photos, lovely scenery and an infectiously happy atmosphere that seemed to emanate from every person we passed by.
First stop was Kanegawa, taking the train to Fujisawa before boarding the Enoden to Enoshima station, followed by a short walk over the bridge to Enoshima. We ate taco senbei(great), shirasu don(undecided), and walked to the Enoshima Sea Candle (lighthouse) for a beautiful panoramic view of Kanegawa.
Next stop was Hase station to see the Daibutsu, and then to Kamakura to visit the walking street and Hachimangu shrine. We ate mochi, dango, and everything else we saw, it`s crowded enough on weekdays, so I can`t imagine how it is during the weekend.
After finishing up in the Kamakura area we went straight to Yokohama to visit Chinatown, ate nikuman, a lot of Taiwanese fried chicken and strawberries covered in syrup. We all then drove to Haneda to pick up our friend from the airport, he was arriving from Thailand. We met him with a cute, pink `Welcome to Japan` sign to embarass him as much as possible and judging from his face, I`d say we were successful.
After spending the night in Tokyo, we woke up at 7am and set off to Yamanashi prefecture. The views of Mt Fuji along the route were fantastic, and upon arriving in Yamanashi, we headed to Kawaguchiko for an even better view of the mountain.
Next, it was off to Oshino Hakkai for an even better view (I didn`t think this was possible) of Mt. Fuji, to try alot of street food, and to enjoy the Koi and trout ponds. While it is a touristy place, the food was excellent and the scenery was phenomenal, so it`s still worth a trip. Chureito Pagoda was the final destination of the day, enjoying a view of the pagoda set against the backdrop of the entire town and mountain, the spot of one of the most famous and iconic photos of Japan.
After returning back to the hostel, we drank a beer and watched the sunset from the rooftop, then headed to an Izakaya to try raw chicken for the first time. To be honest, I was quite scared to try it, but after finding some courage (three glasses of umeshu), I have to admit it was really good. A few more umeshus later and we were back at the hostel to prepare for bed.
The next day, after eating a picnic at Oishi Park, I returned home on the train to prepare for work, and my friends headed off to Hakone. Hopefully my second spring trip will be as fortunate as this one, and hopefully I`ll only need one glass of umeshu before trying raw chicken next time.
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