Ohayo! Day 12: The Icing on the Cake

Or in this case, it’s “the snow on top of the mountain.”

This day is the pinnacle of our Japan trip, literally, because we’re going to Mt. Fuji!

No, we’re not scaling the mountain. Not only would I die before I even get halfway there because of my less than physically fit self, but also because it isn’t climbing season yet. We could get arrested.

Anyway, we joined Yokota Air Base’s tour, which had us all on a bus and we would climb the highest up station of Mt. Fuji that could be accessed by land transportation. We woke up really early at 6AM so that we could get to the meeting area on time. That being a totally inhumane time for me, bumawi ako by sleeping the entire time until we got to the waterfall.

I have only been to a few waterfalls in my lifetime, but this is definitely a pretty one. Shiraito means “white threads”, and the waterfall lives up to the name. With all the fog and greenery, it makes for a very serene and calming scene.

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While waiting for the tour group to get back on the bus, we decided that we weren’t feeling cold enough so we bought ourselves some ice cream! I got a strawberry-peach twist, and Max and Daddy got WASABE ice cream. Ugh. I got a taste of it and it tasted like… gulay.

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We went on the road again shortly after that, and we stopped at Fuji View Hotel to have our lunch. We had arrived earlier than what was planned, so we decided to look around the property to find a good place for our photo op. XD

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When it was finally time to have lunch, it was definitely worth waiting for. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet of practically everything you could think of! It was the most perfect last lunch in Japan I could ask for. It was almost too bad that I was watching what I eat, it would have been nice to really pig out. Nevertheless, naka-dalawang balik parin ako.

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The trip was taking us to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, located at 7,560 ft. No wonder it was so cold there, I was wearing a long sleeved shirt, three jackets, three pairs of leggings, and long socks and boots, yet I still felt a little sting of the cold. It was eight degrees out there!

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It was really foggy that day, and our guide was telling us the entire time that we might not be able to see the peak Mt. Fuji because of that. So imagine our surprise when my dad actually managed to get a shot of the top during a brief moment that the sky cleared up! Granted, he almost got left by the bus because of it, but I think this view is more than worth it.

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We descended down the mountain after that, and got home at around 6pm. We decided to eat at a nearby diner, where I ordered this huge basket of spicy chicken wings, which proceeded in making me sick to my stomach sa sobrang dami niya.  We called it an early night because we had to leave really early for Narita Airport the next day.

Overall, it was a great day to cap off our 10-day awesome trip to Japan! Yatta! :D

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At last, I’ve finished the Ohayo! series. It has been almost a month since the trip, and I daresay it almost feels like a distant dream. Thesis has started kicking in in the rudest of ways, and sometimes I wish I could just go back to Japan and explore more. But at the same time, I’m glad to be back home.

Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to visit again in a few years?

And with that, I bid the country of Japan a hearty “Sayonara!” For now. ;)

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2 Responses to “Ohayo! Day 12: The Icing on the Cake”


  1. 1 Tita Lorie June 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

    WoW!!! What an exciting trip to Japan..Kudos to your Ohayo! series. It brings a lot of good and sad memories to me…My japanese friend who sponsored my trip to this country recently died and we are still mourning right now..You could very well pass as a writer of a travel magazine or similar genre…Arigato..Gambate ne…

    • 2 alliekabok July 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      Hello! Are you a friend of my mom’s? :)

      Ohh, that’s really sad about your friend. My condolences.

      Thank you for the flattering comments! I just write them like I see them. I’m glad you enjoy reading my entries. Thank you for stopping by!


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Allie has seen many a dust bunny in her lifetime, most of them in her dorm room. She is often mistaken as a 13-year old, further intensified by her weird fashion choices that mostly involve cutesy patootsie rings, colorful knee high socks, and ribbons and bows in her hair. She dreams of waking up one day and finding herself as a character in Star Wars. Preferably a jedi. With a purple lightsaber.

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