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.
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.