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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park covers 1,227 square kilometres, so it’s going to be very hard to see the whole or even most of it.
Sometimes when travelling you can be lucky enough to witness a little bit of history happening.
Rising through the fog you might be forgiven for thinking Mount Hakone has fallen back upon its volcanic past. But this Japanese giant hasn’t erupted in 3,000 years.
The journey is too smooth. I know it sounds weird, but when sitting on a 124mph bullet train I had hoped to get a real feeling of speed.
In the area of Shitamachi (Low City) on the banks of the Sumida River the most beautiful temples can be located, including the most famous Sensō-ji.
As I headed round the bend I had to do a double take. Suddenly I wondered if I had turned a corner into New York. From nowhere, standing in front of me, was the Statue of Liberty.
Yesterday, Mami and I visited Nakatsu Castle, a 16th century Japanese castle on the outskirts of Oita.
No holiday is complete without a spot of monkeying around. And Japan is no exception – thanks to Oita’s Monkey Mountain.