LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

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LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

Mount Fuji has always been in my list of natural attractions around the world that I need (and ought to) personally visit in my lifetime.  But this quest has always been elusive.  Through a promo fare from one of my favorite budget airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, we were set to visit Tokyo for the autumn season.  A perfect weather and with a picturesque view as they say is expected.

The Tokyo Subway Day Pass from Klook has been a great help on directing tourists to vantage points within the metro where Mt. Fuji is visible, but to be able to visit national parks and lakes where Mt. Fuji is near and appears a backdrop of postcard snapshots is a top priority.

Thus, the decision to check out the Klook mobile application for the easiest way to visit the lakes that surround Mt. Fuji, since trekking the mountain was not (and will never be) an option for the group. 

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

The Mount Fuji Classic Route Day Tour From Tokyo could have been the most convenient way for us to explore the lakes that surround Mount Fuji.  But it was fully-booked on our intended trip.  The alternative plan was the Hakone Freepass and fortunately, it happened to be the most organized and relaxing day tour I had. 

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

The Hakone Freepass allows tourists to get on and off freely within a specified area, as well as provides discount admission to various attractions, and also includes return transportation on the Odakyu Line.  We opted for the 2-day pass.  With the Hakone Freepass, one can experience eight types of transport facilities in Hakone Region.

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

Even before we reach Lake Ashi for the cruise, we were able to ride the Hakone Tozan Cable Car and Hakone Ropeway.  The large windows of the Swiss-made cabins of the ropeway allow visitors to fully appreciate the sweeping panorama of Hakone’s unspoiled natural settings, which include the calm waters of Lake Ashi, Mount Fuji and the volcanic clouds from Owakudani.  But all these were nowhere to be found as the area was covered by fog during our visit.  The changing colors of the rainforest to autumn leaves were visible though at times.

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

There was a typhoon in Japan.  Even though heavy downpour in Tokyo could have dampen our spirits and changed our itinerary not to pursue the long day trip to Hakone, we still had the slightest hope that the weather may change.

Our highlight for the day is the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise on board a pirate ship.  On a fine weather, we could have been treated to a magnificent view of Mount Fuji and enjoy Hakone’s rich scenery reflected in the lake’s calm surface.  But the heavy downpour and drizzle on the latter part became a necessary part of our cruise experience.  But what is magical in the cruise is the sight of a rainbow ending on a red torii gate.  The rainbow compensated for the non-appearance of Mt. Fuji.

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

HOW TO AVAIL OF THE HAKONE FREEPASS

Book through Klook and you will receive an email confirmation instantly upon booking. The voucher email will be sent within the day.  Present the printed voucher for this activity and show the passport when exchanging for the ticket.

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS

The ticket is available for pick-up at the Ground Floor of Odakyu Railway Shinjuku Station West Exit, specifically at the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center. The Center is open from 8AM until 6PM.  Note that the Pass shall be collected at the Shinjuku station at the end of its use, so do not misplace or throw it away.


LAKE ASHI AND THE QUEST FOR MOUNT FUJI SIGHTINGS



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