Around Lake Saiko at the Fuji Go-Ko lakes

We were fortunate to have another sunny start to the day so we made a pre-breakfast walk down to Lake Kawaguchiko for some more snaps of Mt Fuji.

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I even set up the camera with the timer to take one of us. From preference I’m not up this early usually so I needed proof that it had actually happened!

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On the way back to Crescendo we noticed the markers in the footpath even make the most of the area being under the gaze of Mt Fuji.

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Once another delicious breakfast was finished Yoshi’s wife drove us to the station where this time we used our two day bus pass to board the green line bus. It travelled along Lake Kawaguchiko to the end before crossing over to Lake Saiko.

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For our first stop we alighted at the ‘wild bird forest’ bus stop.

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Into the forest we walked. Lots of tree roots to be careful of as we walked.

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It was beautiful and green. We heard and saw a couple of very small birds but, as for much of our trip, birds were hard to spot.

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As another bus came around the forest loop we boarded it and stayed on until we reached the ‘lava cave’. A short walk into the peaceful forest and we soon discovered a number of small lava caves.

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However this one, with a small shrine at the bottom, was clearly the lava cave. It was hard to believe that those trees could grow at the top in the cracks in the rock.

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Our next stop was a tourist village of reconstructed traditional thatch roof cottages at Nenba. Apart from a small display in one about the original Nenba which had been wiped out in a landslide following a typhoon about fifty years ago the rest were basically shopfronts for various crafts – weaving, pottery, paintings etc as well as a number of cafes. It was fun looking around but a bit disappointing some of the artists weren’t actually in action which would have made it a bit more authentic we felt. Anyway these photos will give you an idea.

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However we did enjoy the passing groups of school kids and the passing clouds across the front of Mt Fuji as we ate our picnic lunch.

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