Around Mt. Fuji


1. CPH 12.08.13

2. Narita - Tone 13.08.13

3. Tone 14.08.13

4. Tone 15.08.13

5. Tone - Oarai 16.08.13

6. Oarai - Tomakomai 17.08.13

7. Tomakomai - Iwamizawa 18.08.13

8. Iwamizawa - Azahikawa 19.08.13

9. Azahikawa - Kamikawa 20.08.13

10.Kamikawa - Nukabira Onsen 21.08.13

11.Nukabira Onsen - Tokachigawa 22.08.13

12.Tokachigawa - Kushiro 23.08.13

13.Kushiro - Shibesha 24.08.13

14.Shibesha - Lake Kussharo 25.08.13

15.Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan 26.08.13

16.Lake Akan - Abashiri 27.08.13

17.Abashiri 28.08.13

18.Abashiri - Sapporo (tog) 29.08.13

19.Sapporo - Otaru 30.08.13

20.Otaru - Kamoenai 31.08.13

21.Kamoenai - Makkari 01.09.13

22.Makkari - Yakumo 02.09.13

23.Yakumo - Hakodate 03.09.13

24.Hakodate - Aomori 04.09.13

25.Aomori - Lake Towada 05.09.13

26.Lake Towada - Lake Tazawa 06.09.13

27.Lake Tazawa - Hanamaki 07.09.13

28.Hanamaki - Tsukidate 08.09.13

29.Tsukidate - Sendai 09.09.13

30.Sendai - Tone 10.09.13

31.Tone 11.09.13

32.Tone 12.09.13

33.Tone - Kurihama 13.09.13

34.Kurihama - Hakone 14.09.13

35.Hakone - Gotemba 15.09.13

36.Gotemba 16.09.13

37.Gotemba - Fujinomiya 17.09.13

38.Fujinomiya - Shizuoka (Kyoto) 18.09.13

39.Kyoto 19.09.13

40.Kyoto 20.09.13

41.Kyoto 21.09.13

42.Kyoto - Nara 22.09.13

43.Nara - Wakayama 23.09.13

44.Wakayama - Higashikagawa 24.09.13

45.Higashikagawa - Takamatsu 25.09.13

46.Takamatsu - Iya Valley 26.09.13

47.Iya Valley 27.09.13

48.Iya Valley - Imabari 28.09.13

49.Imabari - Onomichi 29.09.13

50.Onomichi - Hiroshima 30.09.13

51.Hiroshima 01.10.13

52.Hiroshima - Takayama (tog) 02.10.13

53.Takayama 03.10.13

54.Takayama - Matsumoto 04.10.13

55.Matsumoto - Hakuba 05.10.13

56.Hakuba - Nagano 06.10.13

57.Nagano - Tone 07.10.13

58.Tone 08.10.13

59.Tone - Narita 09.10.13

60. Narita - CPH 10.10.13


Letter 37


Tuesday 17.09.13      88,36 km


It's morning and bright sunshine. Fuji lies big and heavy outside my window. I estimate the distance partly around the mountain to Fijinomija to 70 km. There's at least 30 km to Fujiyoshida. But they're not much into distances here. It takes an hour with bus - or hour with car. It's only cyclists like me, that worry about that - and we're a minority.

I go directly to Route 138. The ridge that Fuji sends out across my direction lies there like a wall.

There was one crack in the wall

But after 5 km's inclining road, I don't see the wall any more. But a moment later it's there again, much closer and more frightning.

But it's rather easy. After 18,5 km I pass Kagusaka Pass 1030 m. On my way I passed cafe Copenhagen, with Odense, H.C.Andersen and the little mermaid. Unfortunately: Today closed.

The first lake comes right after. It's beautiful if it hadn't been for all that tourist stuff: Swan boats, boat docks, restaurants that have seen better days, likewise hotels. A new hotel ruins the view on the other side.

             There was a point in calling it Swan Lake

But soon after is there a shinto shrine where I stop by. After having descented quite a bit I fear there will come a pass, but it stays with some km inclines.

Now at a road sta. I sit with my softice and look at 2 paragliders hanging almost without moving up in front of the mountains opposite Fuji. They're really up high. A big black bird does the same in the lower surroundings. It's only these last km's I've had free sight to the mountain, before that it's only been a glimpse now and then.

And from now it goes downwards for the last 20 km. It's not much I use my legs. From time to time it goes TOO fast apparently. Suddenly the road has turn into a motor traffic road without my knowledge. At a road construction I'm waved aside to a parallel road. But later at a crossing,you have to find out for yourself, what to do. I ask at a gas station. I have to take Road 414 a little to the right.

                         Fuji-san seen from the south

This way I end up at Fujinomija Sta., where I can't find the tourist information, even I step right by. But the hotel I find without any help. It looks a little expensive, but as it is 6.000 Y incl. breakfast I accept.

When I get to my room, there's not only a fine view over the city in the evening sun, the view to Fuji is even better than in Gotemba.

                      The new view from my window

That I'm still a bit weak I feel when I'm going to the supermarket on the other side of the station and has to walk the stairs. I can hardly get up there.