Tokyo and Fuji – 2013
The next morning, check out was early and we had a lot of luggage to move again (always the worst part of any foray). So the first part of the morning was sitting around at the bus station waiting for our much later bus to arrive.
After another long train trip out to the countryside, we arrived at Kawaguchiko Station, which is where we got the first glimpse of what was in store for us the next day.
From there, we took the free shuttle (yay!) to K’s House Fuji, the hostel where we would be staying. It was here that we had our first experience with the Japanese no-shoes household. In case you ever run into this yourself, I will give you the simple breakdown, so that you don’t have to look as confused as we did dealing with this for the first time.
When you arrive at the front door, there is a raised area, and slippers provided which are usually soft cloth slippers (sometimes in a basket). The soft cloth slippers are for inside. However, they are not for tatami mats. Socks and bare feet only on tatami mats. Also, sometimes you will see rubber slippers, usually on the lower part or on a rack. The rubber slippers are special outdoor slippers that you can put on in lieu of your shoes if you are just going a short ways outside for something. These should not be brought outside onto the raised portion of the floor. There are other customs about turning your shoes, etc., but for the most part the hosts will be pretty happy if you just manage these basics.
After we had settled in, we walked around the neighborhood and headed to the local grocery store.
Weird little precooked hot dog things, another Japan specialty:
After we had gotten ourselves breakfast and trail food, we headed back to the hotel and played rounds of 13 until we got tired enough to sleep. Then it was time to get a good night’s sleep for the big day ahead.