Natasha Norman Visual Artist

Mount Ashiwada

The weather today was spectacularly summery and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to be outdoors so I hiked up to Mount Ashiwada to get a view of the forests around the base of Mount Fuji and one of the other of the 5 lakes in the distance. It was a very pleasant hike under the shade of the newly green trees. The path follows the spine of the hill rising up to the peak such that one has excellent views of both sides through the trees.

It is the second of 3 national holidays in Japan so the lakes are filled with slalom skiers and jet skies. Families and friends played in the open parks and there was a distinct smell of braai on my decent from the mountain that made me homesick. The roar of motorbikes pervaded late into the afternoon. Engines are evidently a big hobby here too.

  • View of Mount Fuji from the top of Ashiwada peak
    View of Mount Fuji from the top of Ashiwada peak
  • Fuji view from Ashiwada hiking trail
    Fuji view from Ashiwada hiking trail
  • View of Kawaguchiko lake from top of Ashiwada peak
    View of Kawaguchiko lake from top of Ashiwada peak
  • Top of Ashiwada peak
    Top of Ashiwada peak
  • Ashiwada hike
    Ashiwada hike
  • Kawaguchiko village
    Kawaguchiko village
  • A curious woodcutter's cottage
    A curious woodcutter's cottage

    Note the large keyhole in the bottom half of the door.

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