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8. The quick trip
2017.04.21

Good morning Japan, this is Perry from Room 201. How genki are you today?

Open that door and leave your room. It's easy to get comfortable in the city, having no reason to leave... but after reading my posts you will have a small mountain of yen saved up I hope.

There's plenty to do not far outside the city that will be plenty rewarding if you make the effort. Below are a few ideas:

Mt. Takao: West of Tokyo and a great spot for a day trip. Hike up on a clear day for a distant view of Mt. Fuji. Stop off for a cup of tea back in town before heading home. They actually have a few events out there each year including a fire walking ritual (http://www.takaosan.or.jp/english/events.html)

Kairakuen: A little further north in Ibaraki, you can visit Kairakuen which hosts over 3,000 plum blossom trees. Quite a spectacle when in blossom. A festival is held at some point during the blossom which included (during my visit) a large variety of ume-shu. Pay your low entrance fee and drink as much and as many different types of ume-shu from the 150 available. Red face galore... may have overstayed our welcome in the ume-shu tent but all in good fun.

Mt. Fuji: If you didnt manage to get a glimpse of Mt Fuji from Mt. Takao, a stay in Hakone or Kawaguchiko will really give you some perspective... The closer you get, Fuji just keeps on growing.

Izu peninsula: Plenty to see out this way although I havent yet been, stay tuned for an update. Onsen by the sea, so I hear.

Wild card events: Mashiko pottery fair and Ashikaga flower park, both spring time events. Will be doing my best to get to both.

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2017.04.21
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Australian backpacker living in a Japanese share house - making friends, exploring Tokyo, learning Japanese language & customs and so on...

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