What’s new?

Well there’s not a lot new to report. I just wish departure time was here now. I’ve…

  • Ordered the currency
  • Checked train times, 5 hours between Hiroshima and Tokyo!
  • Sorted out one or two pre-packing bits like first aid and toiletries

Should have the “take to Japan” phone Monday or Tuesday so that will need to be set up. I also need to do a bit of work on learning some basic Japanese phrases, especially the numbers.

Schedule Updated

Sun 01-Oct Travel On plane
Mon 02-Oct Arrive 09:35am / Tokyo Amistra Asagaya
Tue 03-Oct Tokyo
Wed 04-Oct Studio Ghibli then Fuji Don’t know yet
Thu 05-Oct Fuji train to Kyoto K’s House
Fri 06-Oct Kyoto
Sat 07-Oct Kyoto
Sun 08-Oct Kyoto train to Takayama Takayama Centoral Hotel
Mon 09-Oct Takayma Festival
Tue 10-Oct Travel to Osen Hotel Yunoshimakan
Wed 11-Oct Travel to Hiroshima Hotel Flex
Thu 12-Oct Memorial & Miyajima
Fri 13-Oct Travel to Tokyo A capsule hotel
Sat 14-Oct Final Shopping Amistra Asagaya
Sun 15-Oct Travel On Plane

Ok, so it’s not that much more detailed, but there are now some links to where I’ll be staying and you’ll notice a couple of unconfirmeds.

On Friday the 13th I’m planning on finding a capsule hotel; well I’m in Tokyo, it’s just got to be done really.

On Wednesday 4th I’ll be in the Fuji area, if the weather is mild I’m still tempted to do a night hike up Fuji-San to watch the dawn from the top. But October is well outside the climbing season (July & August) so I’m not sure what the conditions will be like. So on the other hand I could just find a cheap hostel.

Hmm  a little bit of Google has produced the following quotes…

It is danger especially to climb in winter, from October to May.
For a more “wild” experience I would suggest climbing the mountain in October.
Those wishing to climb Mt. Fuji in the off season face considerable danger…
From October to May, climbing to the summit is highly perilous due to extreme wind and weather conditions and a high risk of avalanches.

Mount Fuji 7th October 2003

So a hostel it is then I think…..

Itinerary

This is where I plan to be, I’ll put more details up here in a couple of days.

Sun 01-Oct Travel
Mon 02-Oct Tokyo
Tue 03-Oct Tokyo
Wed 04-Oct Fuji
Thu 05-Oct Kyoto
Fri 06-Oct Kyoto
Sat 07-Oct Kyoto
Sun 08-Oct Takayama
Mon 09-Oct Takayama
Tue 10-Oct Yunoshimakan in Gero Onsen
Wed 11-Oct Hiroshima
Thu 12-Oct Miyajima
Fri 13-Oct Tokyo
Sat 14-Oct Tokyo
Sun 15-Oct Travel