Quick thoughts on Kyoto + heading up Mt. Fuji

by White on Rice Couple on September 1, 2009

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Although we were only in Kyoto for a few days, we’re utterly mesmerized by it’s beauty, grace and history. There’s so much more we’ll share about Kyoto within the next few days, but until then, we’ll leave you with two images of what reminds us most of Kyoto.

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Hope you’ll stay tuned and patient until we can find the time to write about the Bamboo forest and our bicycle excursions in search of temples and markets.

In the meantime, we’re heading up Mt. Fuji! We decided to catch the sunrise from the summit, so that means hopping on a bus for a couple hours then beginning the an ascent at about 10pm. “They” say it takes about 6 hours to the summit  from the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. We’ll see if “they” were accurate for folks like us who’ve been eating for 9 days straight, with very little cardio exercise!

Wish us luck and we’ll see ya at the top of Mt. Fuji!

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***Post Update: We didn’t get to go up Mt. Fuji. :(  The climbing season runs through Aug. 31, and after that the bus schedules change dramatically, making a 24 hr – Tokyo – up Mt. Fuji – and back to Tokyo trip not possible.  If we had more time in Japan we would take the extra day, however we do not have that time.  We are seriously bummed but it means that we must return to Japan, even if the only reason it to climb Mt. Fuji.  Of course we all know that won’t be the only reason. Japan has been a gracious host and we are in love with her.

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    1 Divina September 2, 2009 at 5:33 am

    See you on Mt. Fuji then.

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    2 Kelli September 2, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Have fun! I’ll be waiting for the next post!!!

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    3 cocopuff1212 September 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Immensely enjoying your report from Japan! Sorry you couldn’t get to the top of Mr. Fuji; I hear it’s breathtaking. And I’m also sorry nobody told you that, in Kyoto, days start late. Most shops don’t open until 11:00 a.m. Even Starbucks don’t open until 9 or 10:00 a.m.. Never understood why.

    I see that you went to Arashiyama — it’s one of my favorite areas in Kyoto. It’s so, so gorgeous, don’t you think? I’m excited that you went outside of the expected “Gion, Ponto-cho, Kiyomizu-temple” excursion, although there is a reason why that area is so popular.

    Can’t wait to see your next post, except you’re making me REALLY miss Japanese food….

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    4 Gastronomer September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

    The Kimono’s colors are so beautiful and vibrant! Can’t wait to hear the Fuji report.

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    5 MPG September 2, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    That 1st shot is stunning! Have fun & can’t wait to see more beautiful pictures of Japan!

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    6 satoko September 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Hi, I live in Tokyo and I have been following your blog for a while now…today, I peek in to find out that you are in Japan!!! Welcome!!!
    The pictures are beautiful and it never ceases to amaze me how the most ordinary scene can look so exotic when seen through travelers’ eyes.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! There is so much to see!

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    7 Nan September 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Hey World Travelers! Sounds like you’re having a great time – I’ve loved reading about your latest adventures – keep the posts coming! Travel safe!! xo, Nan

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    8 Brooke @ Food Woolf September 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Wow. 2 big back packs and that’s it? Where do you put all the camera equipment?

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