DO NOT EVER VISIT MT. FUJI!
If you live by the Rocky mountains don’t waste your time going here. This place is more like a series of hills and not worth the trek. However if you haven’t seen truly majestic mountains before this may be for you as a gateway to awesome sights.
Also every thing about this place is a mega tourist trap. Skip this place and go to Mt. Koya.
I have to admit this was a big to-do on my list and it was a MEGA let down. I probably spent like $100 going there and back and it wasn’t even wasting my money that hurt the most, it was wasting my time just to see a shitty, garbage “mountain”. This place is less impressive than the mountains in Invermere. I swear to all that is good in the world, if you visit Mt. Fuji you will be disappointed.
That is all I have to say. Oh and the JR train doesn’t go here.
Mt. Fuji Photos
After wasting our entire day we headed back into the city and Peter wanted to go to Akihabara to take in some anime and gaming. This part of the city is famous its electronics shops (some of them 7 stories high) and otaku (diehard fan) culture. There are so many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga and hentai!
How to get to Akihabara!
Akihabara Station is east to get to using your JR Pass you can use the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, AND the JR Sobu Line.
What to do in Akihabara
Maid cafes are cosplay themed restaurants where guests are served by waitresses that are typically dressed as French maids. They have lots of other themed cafes where girls try and entice customers on the street with signs and cute costumes.
Enjoy Manga and its Erotic Alternative!
There are so many cool Manga shops in this area. Of course, there are no English books for consumption, but it is really cool to see a building with 5 levels of anime. Also seeing all these little weird sexual items right beside the wholesome books is an interesting juxtaposition.
This was a pretty cool experience. Watching grown men play video games so intensely was quite entertaining. The only draw back was that this place allowed smoking, so I couldn’t stick around for very long. Peter on the other hand didn’t seem to mind at all. He was killing it on the arcade games and loving every moment of it.
In this area of Tokyo, they also have the play-to-win-a-prize machines. I am sure there is a proper word for them, but I can’t be bothered to Google it right now. There was this guy who was totally killing it when we were there. A little crowd formed around him and we were all cheering him on. He had probably won about 7 prizes and they were stacked in his bags. I was stunned when he stepped away from his loot to do something inside. The gaming area was on a busy street and he wasn’t scared that anyone was going to walk off with his hard earned prizes.
I think it speaks to how safe Japan is and how honest the people there are!
An overall cool experience and I would say that you have to visit Akihabara if you have a chance!