A visit with Grandma and Grandpa

We were so happy to find out that grandma and grandpa (Matt’s parents) were planning to visit Japan! It was their very first trip out of the United States, and we couldn’t wait to show them more of this wonderful…

Hiking Mt. Fuji x 3 = Perfection!

Call me crazy, but as hiking season was upon us, I heard the beckoning of Mt. Fuji again. This time though, I wanted to hike without the girls. I wanted to spend the day with Matt, enjoying his company and…

Hanano Miyako Koen- sunflowers, Mt. Fuji and a “swan lake”

We spent the day, with friends, at Hanano Miyako Koen, for the sunflower festival. And, we were finally able to get great pictures of Mt. Fuji as well! Maybe my curse with getting pictures of this mountain is finally over.…

Hiking Mt. Fuji, take two- The “view” from the top

According to Japanese legend, “a wise man hikes Mt. Fuji once, a fool hikes it twice.” I guess that puts us squarely in the camp of the latter! But needless to say, we felt we must give this another go. As a…

Hiking Mt. Fuji in one word….misery!

Every year over 300,000 people of all ages attempt the trek to the top of Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) above sea level, it is also Japan’s highest peak. We have had reaching the summit of Fujisan on…

Shibazakura Festival, Mt. Fuji- Gorgeous!

Every year in May the Shibazakura (pink phlox) Festival is held at Mt. Fuji. I thought this would be a great activity to do with my mom, besides, what’s more Japanese than Mt. Fuji? The phlox was a beautiful pink ground…

Chureito Pagoda, photo op extrodinaire (if you’re lucky!)

Today’s adventure was a trip to Chureito Pagoda, a very famous spot to view Mt. Fuji. The problem was, the sky was a bit hazy and Mt. Fuji was not very clear today. But the grounds were still amazing! The…

A thatched roof village near Mt. Fuji

Today’s adventure was a trip to a thatched roof village near Mt. Fuji. We were so disappointed that Fuji was not visible, due to clouds, but the scenery was still beautiful. We rented a bus through the base tours and travel group, which…


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