Due to the rain and traffic restriction, we were only able to go up to 1st Stattion of Mt. Fuji. Here we are lucky that some of us could see snow for the first time.
I shared this previous Mt Fuji photo taken by my childhood friend who is a Singapore Airlines pilot. This photo was taken during winter this year from the cockpit.
We took some time visiting the Mt. Fuji Observatory and Information Center nearby to learn more about Mt. Fuji and the plants and animals that lives on Mt. Fuji.
As it was raining and cold, we were glad to have our BBQ lunch using the volcano lava stone.
Everyone looks scared of the hot sauce flying towards them, so they put on their paper apron.
After the hot meal, we went to the Oshino Hakkai. Oshino Hakkai is a small historical village at Mt Fuji where there were 8 ponds with crystal clear water from the snow melted from Mt. Fuji. It is also recognized as part of Mt Fuji's World Heritage.
Water would be more crystal clear if not for the rain...
Old houses with dry grass or hay rooftop are part of the historic scene at Oshino Hakkai.
This is the famous Oshino Hakkai's Kusa-Mochi also known as kusamochi or yomogi mochi, is a Japanese sweet. It is considered a seasonal dish for spring. It is made from mochi and leaves of Japanese mugwort or (more traditionally) from Jersey cudweed. It may also be filled with red bean paste.
At the souvenir store, one can also buy the Genmaicha, also called brown rice green tea, is the Japanese name for green tea combined with roasted brown rice.
After checking into our hotel at Hakone, we had our Kaiseki or kaiseki-ryōri is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and is analogous to Western haute cuisine.
The ladies had their try on yukata. Yukata (浴衣), is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined.
Mirror, mirror on the wall....(sorry, forgot where was the mirror..)