Drawn in by Mt Fuji

Leave work at Lidcombe at 5.00pm, go to the airport for the 8.30pm overnight Qantas flight from Sydney to Tokyo (Narita). This is a convenient way to get to Japan. Sure it is not the cheapest way to get there, but if you can jag a few hours sleep on the flight you can be in full visitor mode early the next morning.

About 30 minutes out of Tokyo, Mt Fuji poked is unmistakable cone through the layers of cloud. I get a thrill each time it comes in to view, as if you are being welcomed back to this place. I think I am beginning to understand the central importance of Mt Fuji to many aspects of Japanese life and culture.

Our flight was the first to land at Narita just on 6.00am. After Customs, waiting for a train, travelling 60kms, then walking to my hotel, I had joined up with my friends in Asakusa by 8.30am. Ready for a guided tour of Asakusa at 10am. Easy as!


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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