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Japan: Mount Fuji and Typhoons

Last weekend, I finally got a chance to go to Mount Fuji and it’s famous amusement park, Fuji Kyu Highland. Unfortunately, that was also the same time a typhoon hit the area, shutting down almost all rides and making Mount Fuji hidden by clouds. I wasn’t expecting much when I went there but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fun you can have in a giant poncho with friends.

Chiaki and I at Fuji Kyu

Chiaki and I at Fuji Kyu

In the morning, the rain and wind wasn’t too bad. It was slightly drizzling and everything seemt rather okay. However, when we got to Mount Fuji, it was chilly and the rain fall had kicked into overdrive. The clouds were everywhere and I kept having to ask, “Where is Mount Fuji?”. It wasn’t looking too good so far.

Although the rain kept most of the major attractions closed (like the roller coaster pointed AT Mount Fuji, which was my compass for the day), we still managed to get into some of the rides. Some of the rides that were still open were the ferris wheel, Zorpis (shooting targets), Gundam Crisis, Biohazard, and some “Scary House”, which was off a childhood cartoon for Japanese people. Let me just tell you that the Japanese love to get scared. Biohazard was a messed up old hospital where there are zombies who pop out of nowhere and chase you. Although it is just a show, they do a great job making the whole atmosphere real and can really freak you out.

Monsters at Amusement park

Monsters at Amusement park

Anyways, after going to the rides, getting our feet soaked, we went over to the Onsen at the hotel. It was simply short of fantastic as it is a great vacation from the ordinary, difficult working style of the Japanese, which I have become so accustomed to. Along the way to the onsen, I found this funny sign below. It pretty much says that coming in 2051, there will be a human powered Geisha roller coaster going at a whopping 12 km per hour. Damn I wish Canadian’s had the same kind of humour.

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

And at the end of it all, we took our bus back to Shinjuku and enjoyed some delicious Turkish food. Part of living in Tokyo is getting the advantage of having many times of cuisine. Canada has this benefit as well but perhaps not to such a large scale as Tokyo. Here is a photo of that wonderful course.

Turkish Dinner

Turkish Dinner

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