As promised, here is a Part 2 of Japan Diaries proper for my blog! If you remember, I mentioned I was going to include the more relaxing parts of Japan, like an onsen in Chiba, and other in between, especially with our side tour to Mt. Fuji, before our departure from Tokyo. If you haven’t read Japan Diaries (Part 1), read it here.
This entry will start off from an onsen trip to Chiba, Chiba. After some hardcore walking, it would also pay to visit the spa right (I mean we’re spa addicts in the first place)!? If you do not know what an onsen is, it’s a resort and spa like bath for 2000 ++ yen per person if you’re going for Spa Mikazuki Ryugujo. It really slowed our nerves down which was a good experience, so if ever you get to Tokyo, you can take a bus or a private car for 2 hours and get off the city in a little while. Check the general details from the video below!
The grand entrance just makes you soak in the traditional aura of onsens.
Garden like views from the morning view.
As said in the video, they have an eclectic and impressive sculptures in and around the spa.
Stop by this lounge before heading out that has a breathtaking view while having a snack or a simple rest.
Sleep or watch tv here.
In an onsen in general,it’s gender sorted for the hot baths and you do not wear anything (only accompanied with a towel or a tenugui, as they call it)especially in the hot bath area, but for the swimming pool areas, you are required wear swimsuit proper. If you want to take some pictures yourself on your own, or enjoy the place to almost on own, a weekday on an early morning should do the trick!
It was also convenient for us after the spa session since the place has regular shuttles to and fro bus stations that can get you back to the city or your destination.
(Yes you should go since the hot baths outdoors are superb, I tell you)
The next day was another superb, relaxing experience in Mt. Fuji. The 3,778 meters of (shaved ice goodness, come on, it looks like a sundae tip to me <3) and the process of going to the place itself was a sleepy process but here are some sidetrips to the restroom/market stop on the way.
I told you, hey have cat anything and everything.
This custard looking cake takes me back to the said good taste of a Hokkaido cake. I wanted to try one but I saw it in the latter part when I already ate a siopao and a corndog. And not only that, they’re fairly cheap too!
This good steamed shop section inside the air conditioned market place has good steamed dimsums and siopai (steamed buns with fillings) and surprisingly, they have green and black (Yes, black for charcoal) colored buns for some rad flavors like Charcoal.
On the way to the lovely tip of the sundae…
Find the divine rice toppings in seafood, beef and other rad flavors that will make a perfect match for any rice meal. We got some of them for pasalubong, And if you’re hesitant about the taste, don’t worry, almost all of the products have free tasting for the guests and customers. This was another stop over for a short cruise trip in Lake Ashi.
The view from the station.
Hop on and hop off bus on whatever stop you’d like to take. They also have English, Japanese and Chinese translations for their historical points and explanations on board.
The red color really stands out in a green background (green + red = merry christmas y’all)
I see pirates…
Get you palms read and get some vendo keychains ( and no, I didn’t even bother try for the crane game) near the restroom before departing from the cruise station.
After a few more minutes, we went to Mt. Fuji itself, on the 5th station. AND I LOVED THE WEATHER! I mean some of my photos were pretty enough to be raw to be added to this post like the ones above since the lighting and temperature makes much of a large difference. For photographers and even photoshoots, this place is something!
A.K.F.(G.). Close enough.
The crowd being given a timeframe, if you’re interested on what tour bus we got, it was Hato Bus (check their flagship tour office on Tokyo Eki or online)
This coupon entitles us a free gift (a lucky charm) and a pat or kind of fortune telling (they pat your back and shoulders) or chanting what’s in store for you. Unfortunately, I didn’t even understand mine since it was in Japanese, but my tita did on hers, dang!
This guy was buying the white chocolate covered nuts labeled Mt. Fuji Nuts, we tried them, and they were good. I never thought salty nuts + white chocolate makes a great combo.
I had this cranberry like flavored ice cream called Kokemomo flavor. Kokemomo is a wild alpine plant that can be found in cold places such as Mt. Fuji, back in the years in history, it was regarded as the fruit of eternal youth and immortality thus, was treated precious. Now, it can be used as jam and compote for its sweet but tart taste. I got this special ice cream (cold weather and cold sweets, yes) for only 400 yen. Totally worth it, and you should try to spot this stall on the 5th station!
We finally reached it!
And, we sure were hungry! We had some late lunch over at Hotel Regina for an authentic Japanese cuisine by their top chefs in the place, you can tell by the taste and aroma of the food. We enjoyed it ourselves. It was a good place to check in too, if you want a prime spot for the view of Mt. Fuji.
Last but not the least, we had this village like tour at the near end of our trip. It had residential homes and grand gardens which made it a tourist destination, with market places and fishing spots for everyone.
I can tell this lady is wearing Desigual. The prints were pretty up close!
It was weird that I found green tea KitKat at a place like this. Usually, we’d see them in department stores and groceries, but no, we couldn’t find any. Fortunately, they sell 3 packs for 1000 yen and the Strawberry Cheesecake at 260 yen per pack at this place. Quite an awesome find!
Finally back in Tokyo, sadly this was taken on our last day, but everything was totally worth it! By the time we were waiting for our 3-hour bullet train to Kyoto, we stopped and went around the city once more. Above is picture of a tournament stadium for Sumo Wresting. And it was sold out! I guess we can put that on the list next time.
You’d be lucky to get by a wrestler and get a picture with them!
The few snaps before we got on board.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did writing and photographing about it. I really quite enjoyed trying out my new camera for this trip. And if you’re still not yet satisfied, join the bandwagon by searching the hashtag “#cooljapan” on Instagram, start posting pictures (if you’re there) or scroll if you dream to travel on the web.
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For my part 3, I’ll be including some snaps from Kyoto and Osaka, and some bonus pictures that I’d consider treasures. It’ll be a city x traditional intersecting feel on the next post. Get updates with Japan Diaries Part 3 very soon! ❤
I hope you enjoyed travelling with me.
Until the next post!
S.S., signing out.