Fujinomiya is a little town at the base of Mt. Fuji. I happen to be lucky enough to have a friend who lives there, so I went out for a nice little visit this past weekend. You see, I was pretty excited, #1, because I hadn’t seen my friend since I’d left Kansai Gaidai, and #2, you can get a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from his apartment!! Well…
Nevertheless, Fujinomiya has other things to offer besides ample cloud cover for the biggest mountain in Japan. Like what, you ask? Fujinomiya is actually famous for Yakisoba. You can even take a bus there from Tokyo called the “Yakisoba Express.” We went to a place in the middle of town that had a yakisoba shrine (so cute) in front of it. Then you can drink Fuji water to wash it all down. The water in this area around Fuji is super clean, so you can drink it straight from the springs. There was a little fountain of it right in front of the yakisoba joint. Needless to say, the yakisoba was fantastic.
After yakisoba, we walked across the street to check out the big shrine… but it unfortunately started to rain a cold, cold, rain.
Oh nooo. So we decided to head back to the apartment, since walking around in the cold rain is no fun. After a couple of hours, the rain had subsided and we decided to venture out again. This time, we went to Shiraito Falls (白糸滝, literally, “white thread” falls). After being so disappointed by that stupid volcano, I really enjoyed the waterfalls. It was absolutely beautiful. Despite the absence of Fuji, I had a great time. I’ll be back. I don’t think that Mt. Fuji is going anywhere anytime soon. In addition to the Shiraito Falls, we also saw the legendary Otodome Falls (音止滝, the story of which I’ll save for another post) and had wasabi-flavored ice cream (!!!). I’ll end the written portion of this post here, so you can enjoy the photos.