Thursday, 25 June 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Six. Lake Kawaguchi And Fujisan Marathon Race Kit Collection

Gah! It's been 7 months since our 2014 autumn trip to Japan, and I'm still blogging about my trip.

Gobusata desu.

Oh, by the way, since this post is about Fujisan Marathon that I joined in 2014, anyone keen to join this year's edition should note that registration for 2015 Fujisan Marathon has already been opened since June 22nd. 

Click here for more info.

I wanted to do a repeat run for Fujisan Marathon but then decided that I want to do something bigger instead for my birthday in Sep and decided to forgo Fujisan Marathon this year.

That said, this event is highly, highly, highly recommended especially for overseas runners. They have special booth for us, before and after the race!

Anyways, back to the trip reports, the previous trip report done for our 2014 vacation:
Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!
Day Five - Heirin-ji
Day Five - To Todai We Go!
Day Six - Bus Trip to Kawaguchiko

I do need to buck up and get myself updated. We'll be heading back to Japan in 3 months time!

After getting my race pack at the "Overseas Runners Reception Area" near the Kawaguchiko station, we decided (luggage bag and all) walked down towards the race venue site about a few hundred metres away from the train station.
It was pretty easy finding the race venue, we just followed a stream of other runners who were heading that way too.

It's always easy to spot a fellow runner anyway. ^^
A very organised race pack area for local runners.
Apart from running apparels sold at bargain prices there, there were of course Fujisan Marathon souvenir items sold.

Great souvenir to bring back home, to share with friends and family. ^^
The Fuji-Q mascots were around and of course, we didn't miss the opportunity to take photos with them. 
And we stayed around for the entertainment provided, just enjoying the festive atmosphere.
We even joined the lucky draw session. We didn't win any of the prizes offered though.
Oppa Gangnam Style dance by one of the sponsors. Pretty hilarious.
We would love to stay around and enjoy the night's entertainment (there were fireworks) but as we have yet checked-in to our hotel and I do need to rest early for the next day's marathon; we headed back to the train station before 5.00pm.
Kawaguchiko Train Station.
Of course, we didn't miss finding the train station stamp.
Two of them available here. 
And soon after, our train arrived and off we went to Fujisan Station which is two stops away from Kawaguchiko Station.

It was already dark (although it was not yet 6.00pm) by this time so we decided to head to our hotel first before we start looking for a place to have our dinner.

We stayed at a family motel this time and chose Hatagoya Fujiyoshida (no English website) to spend our two nights there.
A very cosy reception area. No English spoken but the proprietor do have English sheets of do's and don'ts for the motel.
This also serves as the breakfast area. We can have our breakfast (of yummy freshly baked bread) here or take them back to our room.
The exterior of Hatagoya Fujiyoshida.
And our very, very spacious room, and it only cost us about 24,000yen for two nights.
Plenty of space for our stuff too.

Son decided that it was the room was too comfy and nice for him to head out again in the cold, so he told us to just buy him dinner and allowed Mommy and Daddy to have a date night instead. ^^

Good thing that he didn't join us looking for a place to have dinner. The department store's food court closed early and there wasn't any affordable looking restaurants in the near vicinity. Not even a konbini! (OK, my idea of near is within 200m. Heh heh)

Well, at least not until after we walked for about half an hour where we finally found a konbini and a drugstore. We walked a bit farther until we finally found Gusto and that was where we had dinner, two nights in a row while we were there. 

Our Gusto dinner post, next. ^^

Monday, 4 May 2015

Free Trial For Ninja Wi-Fi In The Month Of May

Just spreading the word out for fellow travelers visiting Japan this month.

A promotional campaign by Vision Inc Japan, where they are offering free trials of their new product; Ninja Wi-Fi; to all visitors during the month of May.

Through the newly expanded network system of au mobile, Ninja Wi-Fi currently has the best 4G LTE coverage among portable WiFi systems. Given how important a reliable Internet connection is, especially in a country like Japan, the new product is believed to be of great assistance to those traveling to Japan.

For those who are keen to try it out, do click on this (http://goo.gl/forms/gCMRk0K3sb) link and complete the form.

Or for more info, head to their website : http://ninjawifi.com/en/

The requirement after accepting the free rental is to post photos of the Japan visit either on blog (for bloggers) or FB page and write a positive review on the service. 

Whaddya think?

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Six. Bus Trip To Kawaguchiko

Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!
Day Five - Heirin-ji
Day Five - To Todai We Go!

Day Six of our 2014 autumn trip was a Saturday. It was a cold, rainy Saturday morning so thank goodness the plan was to take a bus to Lake Kawaguchi Station to collect my race kit because I was to run in the Fujisan Marathon the day after.

From our hotel in Asakusa, we made our way to Shinjuku as the bus we're taking to Kawaguchiko is at the Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal.

We had already made an online reservation for our bus tickets from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko Station so it was just a matter of paying for the tickets before we board our bus. Info on the highway bus can be found here.
We arrived rather early so we decided to loiter at the Shinjuku Post Office and look at commemorative stamps.

It was before 9.00am and although the staff who was in-charge of cleaning had told a few of us who were there looking at stamps that the post office will only be open at 9.00am for transactions and none of us were too concerned about waiting; she decided to open the counter 15minutes before opening time.

I guess we probably should apologise for making her stressed out with us waiting outside. Hahaha

Bought a few sets of stamps (like we always do when we visit Japan), sent some postcards and even managed  to buy a few boxes of Japan Post New Year Kit-Kat. ^^
Later, we made our way to the bus terminal which is kinda opposite the Shinjuku Post Office.

It is directly located opposite Yodobashi Camera so it is pretty easy to find the bus terminal. But don't in any way, think that the bus terminal is the same as what KL bus terminals look like!
Paid for and got our tickets printed out.

1,750yen for adult, one way to Kawaguchiko and our bus departed at 11.40am, arrival 01.32pm. A 2-hour bus trip.
This is the bus line.
And that's Yodobashi Camera right opposite it.
Our bus arrived, passengers were called to board the bus, bags were given to these helpful and efficient staff. Fast and painless.
The bus driver collecting our bus ticket.
And then, off we go to Kawaguchiko Station! Yes, it departs right on time.
The view along the way. ^^
Arrived Kawaguchiko Station and headed straight to the Overseas Runner Reception area to collect my race kit for Fujisan Marathon and bumped into a fellow Malaysian who was running the marathon.

We bumped into other Malaysians too, who came for a holiday and going to Fuji 5th Station.
A family portrait with the iconic mountain in the background for the album.

We were blessed with great weather and unhindered view of Mount Fuji when we were there. ^^

Friday, 24 April 2015

Daily Trip Report - Day Five. To Todai We Go!

Day Three - A Trip To The Post Office
Day Four - Morning Run By The Sumida River
Day Four - Mount Takao
Day Four - A Night Stroll and A Date
Day Five - An Important Date!
Day Five - Heirin-ji

The glorious, awe-inspiring Tokyo University. What more can I say?

Thank you Ru for introducing us to her beloved gingko tree.

Continuing from the previous post where we visited Heirin-ji in Saitama. We headed straight to Tokyo University after Heirin-ji. It was a bit of walk from the train station to the University, but nothing too far or strenuous and was greeted with a blanket of yellow under the gingko trees. Awesome!
A friend saw this and it took him back down memory lane. He was a Todai graduate. ^^
This way for the tree, says she. ^^
Oh hi, tree.
Boy meets tree.
Boy and Dad happy,
Under the tree.
We later made our way to Sanshiro Pond located within the university compound.
Lovely pond. Imagine sitting here alone, just being accompanied by our thoughts. 

There were other visitors when we there. Noisy too. Hohoho
We needed refreshment after our excursion so a stop a Doutor was made. A hot cuppa and a sweet bun. Heaven.
Then later, because we are a bunch of tourists after all; we made a stop at the University co-op.

We wanted to buy some postcards to send to ourselves and friends too.
And ended up buying a tee for Son too. No 12, because he just celebrated his 12th birthday last year.

For luck. And motivation. For future university application to Todai. HAHAHA

Oh yeah, in case anyone got confused, the one holding the t-shirt is the Dad. Not the 12-year old Son. ;-)

We later made our way to Ueno Park after the visit to Todai since it is so near.
So after Ueno, we should we head to?
Back to Asakusa.

And a dash to Kappabashi before most of the stores closes as we promised our Son we'd go there as he wanted to go omiyage hunting in Kappabashi. For his classmates and school teachers. Using his own pocket money.

We managed to get some of the things he had in mind, and the rest, we found later in Akihabara. And because Mommy remembers where to get some cheap, sold in bulk keychains and Daddy knows where to get cheaper, off-season anime related stuff in Akihabara; the Boy spent less than RM150.00 for souvenirs for ALL of his classmates and ALL of his primary school teachers too. *thumbs up* 

We skipped lunch as we had a nice big breakfast and opted for coffee and snacks at Todai so after all that train trip, walking and shopping, we had an early dinner.

Where else? Yayoi-ken!
Om nom nom.

Saba misoni for the boys and Mommy chose sanma this time.

Burp.

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