|Thankfully the weather forecast was right. The weather had cleared up and it was shaping up to be a fantastic day, warm with a clear sky.
We headed off to Mount Fuji on the coach and found out that it was about 2.5 hours to get there so we took the option to organise the return to Tokyo by Shinkansen (Bullet Train).
When Mount Fuji finally came into sight the view was fantastic. The guide said that it was the perfect day to go up the mountain, that the weather is very rarely this good. We headed up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji which is at 8000 feet above sea level, much higher than we realised. This station is actually closed from the end of November through the winter. The drive up was very steep and winding and took quite a while but we got there eventually. The view were spectacular but we were all pretty tired from the drive and the altitude. You could see an incredible distance in all directions, it was so clear. Thank goodness the weather was not the same as yesterday!
After lunch we got a pirate ship boat across the lake to enjoy some nice views and then headed up the cable-car to Owakudani. This is a hot-springs resort. From the cable-car it was possible to see Mt. Fuji by sunset and see the hot springs below. You could see (and smell!) the yellow powder which was the sulpher and the steam coming from the ground. We could see why the name Owakudani means "Big Hell".
From here we headed to the train station to head back to Tokyo. The train only took 35 minutes compared to at least 2.5 hours by bus so we were really glad that we took the option of the train.