There are two expressways that run out to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
from Tokyo. The Chuo Expressway and the Tomei Expressway. Both are fast and convenient. But if you have enough time I recommend Route 413. 413 can be found by riding the 412 out of Atsugi towards Sagami Lake. It’s a peach of a road. About 40 odd clicks from Sagami to Lake Yamanaka, the first of the Fuji Five Lakes. Most of the traffic is on the expressways which leaves this road empty for motorbikes. The huge bonus is there are hardly any traffic lights. If you have ridden a bike in a Japanese city you will be well aware that you can’t go 500 meters without a traffic effing light! I hate traffic lights.
No Autumn colors yet.
Once a proud army
Route 413 will plop you out near Lake Yamanaka, or if you don't pay attention, in
Yamanaka is the first of the Five Fuji Lakes.
It is my least favorite lake. It is the most commercialized of the five. Shops, tacky souvenirs, tourist boats.
I decide to post up near the vending machine and get a buzz on.
Oh Georgia. I love you!
What's in that coffee? I am seeing things. Feels like I am in some weird Tchaikovsky ballet.
I am seeing pink swan boats. Leave the lake now!