Sightings: Mt Fuji!

During our trip to Japan, we tried to incorporate a couple legs where we could get some R&R to recover from a jammed pack schedule. The first one was Fujiyoshida, Japan. I specifically chose Fujiyoshida because of it’s short distance from the Chureito Pagoda to hopefully catch a glimpse of the elusive Mount Fuji.

It’s important to note that the Japan Rail Pass did not cover the entire leg there. We had to pay about 1000 yen each – but don’t quote me on that, it’s been a while.

We stayed at Hotel Mystays Fuji which we booked through The hotel is relatively new so the rooms and amenities are still in good condition. Unfortunately we did not have the Mt. Fuji view due to lack of availability. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from grocery stores, 100 yen store Seria, and several restaurants.

I have to admit that as much as I b*tch and moan about needing some time alone to relax – I got bored of relaxing. The Mr just can’t win, can he? Sorry, love.

The best views of Mt Fuji happened on the day that we checked out of the hotel – go figure. BUT WE GOT TO SEE MT FUJI! We caught our first glimpse when we went to grab coffee down the street. We rushed back to the hotel to go get my camera and took a 700 yen cab ride to the Chureito Pagoda.

Almost 400 grueling steps later, we reach the pagoda.

Chureito Pagoda Mt Fuji

We were too early for the cherry blossoms but the views did not disappoint.

ChureitoPagoda_01Everything about the Chureito Pagoda was serene from the modest temple to the traditional Japanese details.


So thankful I had my male model along for the ride.


We didn’t vlog very much but feel free to take a peek at what we did manage to capture!