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Kakegawa Castle as seen from the train
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Kakegawa Station, south entrance
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Kakegawa Station, north entrance
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Yotsuashi-mon GateMain gate to enter the castle grounds. A reconstruction.

四足門
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Main street in front of station
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Steps to the castle tower
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Kakegawa, Shizuoka
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Castle tower
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Stairs to Kakegawa Castle tower
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Shimizu Bank
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Shimizu Bank
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Final gate to Castle tower
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Shimizu Bank's relief of Kazutoyo and Chiyo
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View of castle palace
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Shopping street
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View of Honmaru
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Shopping street
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Inside Castle tower
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Inside Castle tower
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Public phone
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Top floor of Castle tower
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View of Honmaru from Castle tower
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View of Kakegawa city toward the station (shinkansen)
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Castle tower balcony
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Inside Castle tower
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Castle tower
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Stairs down from Castle tower
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Castle tower
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Castle tower as seen from the palace
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Castle palace reconstructed in 1861The palace served as the castle lord's residence as well as a place for official meetings and ceremonies.

御殿
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Inside the palace
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Inside the palace
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Room inside the palace
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Rock garden inside the palace
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Rock garden inside the palace
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Kakegawa Castle marker
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Kakegawa Castle marker
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Pine tree and castle tower
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Castle tower
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Castle tower
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Castle tower as seen from neighboring high school
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Castle tower and sign
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Castle tower
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Castle tower and Taiko Turret太鼓櫓
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Otemon Gate大手門
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Otemon Gate大手門
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Otemon Gate
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Otemon Gate rear
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Otemon Gate
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Otemon Gate
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Guard house next to Otemon Gate大手門番所
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Mt. Fuji as seen from the shinkansen bullet train.
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Smokestacks mar the view of Fuji.
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Mt. Fuji from the air.
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance sign.
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance, we started from the 5th station.
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After climbing for about 40 min., we reached the 6th station here. We're already above the clouds.
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Bags of drink cans.
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Rocky trail looking up on Mt. Fuji.
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Looking down at the trail.
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Hut roofs are weighed down with rocks so it doesn't blow away with the wind.
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Rock and more rock on Mt. Fuji.
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A good part of the trail had us going on all fours.
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Mt. Fuji torii
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Our mountain hut on the 8th station, called Toyokan. 東洋館
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Shadow of Mt. Fuji
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We spent the night in the mountain hut with a small dinner.
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Branding my walking stick.
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Our bunk bed.
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Watching the sunrise from outside our hut.
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Reaching the summit.
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At the summit of Mt. Fuji. It was so windy and rainy that we couldn't walk around the rim. Could hardly see anything.
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Going down was tiring too. But better than going up.
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After climbing it, my image of this mountain will never be the same.
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For a full-length account of my climb, see this article.
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JR Atami Station
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Gift shops next to Atami Station. The architecture doesn't match the station at all.
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In front of Atami Station.
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Hot spring foot bath next to Atami Station.
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's hot spring.
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In front of Atami Station.
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Onsen manju, sweet bean jam cakes steamed with hot spring water are sold everywhere in Atami.
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Onsen manju
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Entrance to shopping arcade.
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Inside Heiwa-dori shopping arcade.
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Hot spring fountain as a hand bath.
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Lots of sloping roads in hilly Atami.
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Directions
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About Atami's seven hot springs
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Atami Ginza is quite deserted during the day.
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Atami Ginza is a street of shops.
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Hawaiian restaurant in Atami Ginza.
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Some cherry trees near the beach.
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Rainbow Deck
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Atami Sun Beach is popular in summer.
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It takes about 20 min. to walk to the beach from Atami Station.
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Imagine hpw crowded the beach will get when they have summer fireworks in Atami.
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Atami Moon Terrace
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The beachfront is a mishmash of buildings.
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Water fountain for lovers.
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Ferry
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Hatsushima island
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Ferries go to Hatsushima and Oshima islands.
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Yacht harbor
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Peninsula on the right side is unsightly with another mishmash of structures.
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Fake castle in Atami, but a landmark nevertheless.
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Plaque for Sir Rutherford Alcock, the first British ambassador to Japan and the first foreigner to climb Mt. Fuji. He stopped in Atami on the way back from Mt. Fuji.
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Tacky bridges leading to the sleazy side of town.
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Atami has a few hot spring public baths where you can enjoy the waters without having to stay at a hotel. It costs around 500 yen to 1000 yen.
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Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha is the Shinto shrine that basically owns Mt. Fuji, especially the summit area of the mountain. JR Fujinomiya Station is the closest train station to the shrine, but from Tokyo, it's most convenient to take a bus from Tokyo Station to Fujinomiya Station, taking about 2.5 hours for a little over ¥2,000.
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Mt. Fuji peeking through buildings in front of JR Fujinomiya Station. The shrine is a short walk from JR Fujinomiya Station.
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The shrine's first torii has a nice view of Mt. Fuji. Visited the shrine on New Year's Day 2017. Mt. Fuji (Japan's highest and most revered mountain) has a Shinto shrine on the summit, and it belongs to Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha in Fujinomiya.
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They were constructing a new international facility next to the first torii.
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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The main road near the shrine was jammed with cars and people on New Year's Day.
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"Fujinomiya" means "Shrine of Mt. Fuji," so the city was named after this shrine.
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Second torii also has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's second torii has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Mt. Fuji and torii pillar.
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Path to the shrine crowded with people on New Year's Day 2017.
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Map of shrine grounds.
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View from the main Romon Gate.
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鉾立石
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鉾立石
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Romon Gate 楼門
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Year of the Rooster, 2017
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Long line to purify yourself at the water fountain.
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How to purify yourself at the shrine's water fountain. Pour the water into your hand, and sip it from your hand.
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People are pure enough now to visit the shrine.
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Worshippers lined up in front of the main shrine. Didn't take long to get here.
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People pray for Good health, good job, prosperity, good school, good marriage partner (even though fewer people are getting married in Japan), etc.
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The shrine is dedicated to a goddess being a guardian deity for fire prevention, safe childbirth, ocean voyages, fishing, farming, and weaving.
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Offertory box in front of the main shrine. That's money on the floor.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine
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The high structure is the main shrine (Honden) standing 13 meters high. Built in 1604 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the distinctive sengen-zukuri style.
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Clump of volcanic rock from an eruption by Mt. Fuji.
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Rock from the South Pole brought back by Japan's exploratory ship named "Fuji."
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.
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You can also enter the shrine through this eastern torii.
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eastern torii.
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Next to the eastern torii is Wakutama-ike Pond created by a natural spring (湧玉池).
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About Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池).
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Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridges over Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Wakutama-ike Pond
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Crystal clear water of Wakutama-ike Pond
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Itsukushima Shrine on Wakutama-ike Pond.
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Shrine amulets on sale.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji and a rooster. ¥1000
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji ¥500
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Barrels of sake
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Omikuji fortunes
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Omikuji
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If you want to hold a private prayer service inside the shrine, apply here.
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Place to discard last year's New Year's decorations.
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Shrine has this lawn where you can sit, relax, and gaze at Mt. Fuji.
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The shrine has a varied and scenic landscape with a river, lawn, and natural spring pond.
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At Sengen Taisha Shrine in Fujinomiya.
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Koban police box near the entrance of the shrine.
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Traffic cones with a Mt. Fuji design.
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Mt. Fuji turning red at sunset.
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Shiraito Falls is one of Japan 100 Famous Waterfalls. It's a short bus ride from JR Fujinomiya Station with bus stops and a view of Mt. Fuji.
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Buses from JR Fujinomiya Station for Shiraito Falls leave once or twice an hour.
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Nice views of Mt. Fuji along the way.
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Mt. Fuji from the bus on the way to Shiraito Falls.
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Shiraito Falls is a short walk from the Shiraito Falls bus stop.
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Mt. Fuji at the entrance of Shiraito Falls.
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Some tourist shops at Shiraito Falls.
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Map of Shiraito Falls area.
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First you see Otodome Falls, big and impressive.
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Otodome Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
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Shiraito Falls
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Shiraito Falls has some steps to go down, then a bridge over the river.
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