Japan Diaries Day 19 – Kawaguchiko Day 1

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With my month-long trip to Japan in December of 2014 more than halfway over, it was time for more traveling! After a fun movie date and yakiniku the day before, my fiance and I were off on another adventure to Yamanashi Prefecture 山梨県, and my Japanese hometown.

☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆*✲゚*。☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆。*゚✲*☆

2014年12月23日

We had already been to Asakusa 浅草 and Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー, Yokohama 横浜, Hakone 箱根 (Lake Ashi 芦ノ湖 & Owakudani 大涌谷) and Odawara Castle 小田原城, but now it was time to visit my Japanese hometown in Yamanashi Prefecture 山梨県. This trip was an overnight trip with a stay at a ryokan 旅館, or traditional Japanese inn.

I studied abroad while I was an undergraduate at university in Yamanashi Prefecture. I consider it to be my Japanese “hometown” or furusato ふるさと even though I was born and have lived most of my life in America. A few weeks before the trip, I’d met up with my university friends in Tokyo for a reunion. Most of them work in and around Tokyo, with a few living a bit farther away. I only have one friend who stayed in Yamanashi Prefecture because that was her hometown originally. I let her know I would be in Yamanashi, but she had plans already and it was a Tuesday on a work week so we planned to meet up later.

My fiance and I drove from Tokyo to the town of Fuji-kawaguchiko 富士河口湖町, on the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko 河口湖. It’s only about 3 hours away from Tokyo, and so we left in the late morning. We arrived at the Kawaguchiko Park Hotel 河口湖パークホテル in the early afternoon, which is just a block away from the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Heading to Kawaguchiko

On the road to Kawaguchiko – photo by kei

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