We had to do the usual bus and train transfers. It took 2 - 3 hours to get there. We stayed in a traditional Japanese hotel. This was a huge cultural experience for me!
|Kevin and I posed at the train station while we waited for our ride.|
The staff were very friendly and helpful at the hotel. This is the entry way to our room where we left our shoes. We used the red slippers that they supplied when we left the room.
The room had a tatami floor. There was a small table with 4 cushions on the floor beside it. A lady made us some green tea. Then we left for dinner. Dinner and breakfast were included in the price of the room. The hotel charged around $200 per person per night.
|Kenny was just thrilled to wear his slippers.|
|Tomoko enjoyed eating the delicacies that I didn't want.|
The bath was really hot. I found an open window and sat next to that. I saw Mt Fuji for the first time outlined by the moon.
Tomoko came into the tub and we soaked about 20 minutes or so.
Kevin and Kenny used the men's shower and bath.
When we got back to the room our futons were all set up for us. I found sleeping on a futon on the tatami floor uncomfortable. It was too hard for me. But, I was very proud that I could get up from the floor using my new left knee.
|This is the view from our room.|
Kevin left for the starting line of the marathon. Tomoko packed up their belongings and we stored our bags in the hotel lobby.
We missed seeing the start of the race. There were 16,000 people running the full marathon and a bunch more running the half marathon.
The hotel drove us to the race headquarters. We walked around the little town. We went to a little restaurant and had coffee and pancakes. Then we shopped in the little souvenir shops.
|The trees were beautiful around Mt Fuji in their bright fall colors.|
|Kenny liked playing in the fallen leaves.|