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Old 10-10-2009, 05:43 PM   #16
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View No. 29 Red Fuji

No one on this road. The light was green all the way on the approach but as soon I got near the light quickly switched to red!
I stopped, I know there is a cop hiding in the rice field adjacent to the stoplight just waiting to bounce. Not today sucker!

View No 30 Go Forth



Higher ground. Lake Motosu from the lower ridges.


The Fuji Subaru Line ? Sounds like fun.

1,600 yen ! I told the toll guy, I thought that was a bit 'steep'. He didn't like my joke and parried with his own, 'yeah, just had a pay hike.'
I asked him if I could ride my bike all the way to the top. He looked at me as if I was radio rental. 'Halfway mate.' was his reply.


This is a good ride up the mountain, worth the $16 ticket. Wouldn't do it every day though. Started to get colder as I climbed.



What is this. Japanese Serow?

Is this the animal named after the Yamaha Serow? I would have a face like that as well if I was named after a Yamaha Serow. Poor creature.



The views are getting good.








The parking lot at the fifth climbing station. The climbing season is over so it is quiet up here.


If you want to go any higher, it's skankus pony:




View No. 31. The Slippery Slope


View No. 32 View my a$# !



The saying goes that Mt. Fuji is like Japanese women, beautiful from a distance but once on top it is disappointing. Generally speaking have no complaints over the years.

Mt. Fuji, I love you ! And if there are any women, Japanese or otherwise out there reading this, I LOVE YOU, TOO !





The beginning of the hiking trail to the top.











Maybe if I had a Yamaha Serow, I could ride up that??







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Old 10-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #17
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View No.33 Fuji From A Petrol Station


Regular gas 124 yen a liter. ($1.24) High octane 135. ($1.35)


View No. 34 Fuji And More Powerlines


On route 413 a few clicks away from Yamanaka Lake I found this place:



This is bizarre! Gout Temps? Good Time Cafe?

The Heart of England in Yamanashi.

The place was unreal. Kind of freaked me out. Like being in Lorna Doone!

There was an MG in the front of the place with Texas Plates. Looks like a 1953 MG TF or MG TD.



Might have belonged to the last person who stopped here for a cuppa and was never heard of since.
I bet this car could tell a few adventure stories.

Stepping inside, things truly took a turn for the bizarre.
A wedding altar



The owner presented himself and proceeded to give me a guided tour of the place. Yes, I know, he looks more like Worzel Gummidge than the great man himself.

I asked him if he had ever been to the west country of England. He would fit right in. He spoke not a word of English. He had never been to the UK before.

The upstairs of the place was littered with doll's houses,carnival wheels and the like. All handmade by his brother.






The walls adorned with all kinds of Brit Paraphernalia







Blame it on the MadJapBrit this time.




By all means stay. We would love to have you for dinner!

I mumbled something about the lateness of the hour and stumbled out into the parking area. I fumbled with the key in the ignition while hearing the crunch of wellington boots on the gravel behind me.....

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:52 PM   #18
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Thanks for the fantastic tour of Mt. Fuji and the bizarre English pub
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:00 AM   #19
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Thanks for the fantastic tour of Mt. Fuji and the bizarre English pub
You're welcome Gadget Boy. Thanks for the interest.



A nice thatched house on route 413. This is actually a hotel.



View No. 35 Motosu Lake Revisited


View No. 36 Shojiko Revisited


Well there you go, 36 views of Mt. Fuji in the tradition of Katsushika Hokusai. I apologize for my lack of skill with a camera but what's more important, the ride or the photos?

Tokyo-Route 246- Route 412 - Route 413 -Fuji Five Lakes: Yamanaka,Kawaguchi,Sai,Shouji,Motosu.
Approx. 300 km round trip.

If you are new to Japan and looking for a good day trip or planning a trip to the country in the future and looking at ride intineraries, give the Fuji Five Lakes a whirl.

Special thanks to the Honda Hamamatsu Factory in Shizuoka, Katsushika Hokusai, Hiroshige Ando, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Deep Purple and Georgia Coffee.

Edmond Dantes (Fool and Errant Knave) AKA The Count of Monte Cristo

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Old 10-12-2009, 07:33 PM   #20
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Thanks for posting, great pics and great report.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:34 PM   #21
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Beautiful place for riding brother, hope someday i can visit Japan and ride there
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:50 AM   #22
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Beautiful place for riding brother, hope someday i can visit Japan and ride there
dpouwel, thanks bro. you too in Indonesia ride in a very scenic and beautiful country.

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Thanks for posting, great pics and great report.
Fustercluck, you're welcome mate. I would love to visit and ride in the Philippines one day.

Best wishes to all ADV Riders the world over.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:55 AM   #23
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This is a fantastic RR!
It's uncommon to see reviews from Japan.
I have an odd request:
May you, please, posts pics of daily streets life of Japan? It's interesting me to see the cars, bikes, street sturcture and architecture of this island.
It doesn't have to be special or unique vehicle\building\street. The authentic the better.

Thanks!!
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:42 AM   #24
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This is a fantastic RR!
It's uncommon to see reviews from Japan.
I have an odd request:
May you, please, posts pics of daily streets life of Japan? It's interesting me to see the cars, bikes, street sturcture and architecture of this island.
It doesn't have to be special or unique vehicle\building\street. The authentic the better.

Thanks!!
Goride,
thanks for your kind comments and interest in Japan. Here is the link to another RR I wrote earlier this year:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=488424

This will give you another window.


My best wishes to you Goride.

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Old 10-13-2009, 07:01 AM   #25
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Wow, Mt. Fuji looks exactly like Mt. Washington. But more, you know... Asian.

Nice shots, funny captions. Well played, sir.

Also curious as to where you're from and how you found yourself in Japan? Probably none of my business...
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:12 AM   #26
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Wow, Mt. Fuji looks exactly like Mt. Washington. But more, you know... Asian.

Nice shots, funny captions. Well played, sir.

Also curious as to where you're from and how you found yourself in Japan? Probably none of my business...
Gillmartin,
I was born in Portsmouth, England in the year England won the World Cup (soccer/football). I first came to Japan many years ago. There was a girl involved. There always is, isn't there?

In case you missed the above link, here is a RR from early summer this year:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=488424

Thank you for your interest. I am intrigued to view some pictures of Mt. Washington now.

Best wishes,
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:23 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Edmond Dantès
The best ride report I have ever read about Japan is sadly hidden away in the ride report section of Gaijinriders.com
The author is, Geezer and I am sure he would not mind me posting the link to his definitive work on touring the country:

http://www.gaijinriders.com/Forum/showthread.php?t=2861

One day I hope to tour the whole coastline of Japan's main islands and Geezer's report is an utterly brilliant example of such a ride.
Compliments will get you everywhere!

Japan has some of the best riding in the world. For those that are interested, I've posted several RRs here: http://www.sbkjapan.com/tourerslog/rr1/. These are just the reports, without any comments from the peanut gallery.

One day, if I'm not too lazy, I'll try to transcribe them to Advrider. But I'm off to Australia tomorrow, for a 3 month walkabout, so it'll be a while. Link for that is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512954

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Old 10-13-2009, 12:57 PM   #28
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I live in the UK, but I was in Japan last month on business for two weeks. Been going there for over 20 years but never driven or ridden there. This time I rented an almost new KTM 990SMT from a company called rental819 in Tokyo. A work colleague there started riding bikes last year (probably after hearing me drone on about the bike trips etc I've done! so he organized everything. He rides a 400cc Yamaha Drag Star cruiser (the max you can ride without a special license) !
The first day we headed to Toyo turn pike, Izu Sky Line & Ashinoko Skyline, really great twisty roads. The posted speed limits of 40 or 50 KPH seemed a bit slow on the KTM, 80 -100 was much better !! We were there on a Monday & Tuesday, in dull weather, so there was almost no traffic, I'm sure at the weekends in nice weather this place is crazy.
The next day we had planned to go to Fuji san & the five lakes, but the weather was so bad, heavy rain & thick mist, i think we were actually riding in the lakes. It was so bad we didn't bother to take the road up Fuji, so will do that next time.
Any way, to sum up, Japan has some great biking roads, and the KTM 990SMT will be my next purchase (currently ride a Ducati Monster 1100S). If you have the chance do it. I will be riding there again next Feb. subject to weather, and we will plan a trip to Hokkaido hopefully for later next year, and my friend is now taking his advanced test to get an unlimited licence, so he can ride a more suitable bike, perhaps a Triumph Street Triple.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #29
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just found this... excellent report!...

i rode around there in '80 when i was in the Navy in Yokusuka, Yamaha XS650.... climbed Fuji-san with a couple of my buddies, camped at a hostel, came down the gravel slide, that was a gas!!... got the hiking stick around here someplace....

thanks for bringing back the memories....
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