New Year’s holidays in Japan can become truly fabulous if you decide to visit the picturesque port city of Otaru. During the economic boom of Hokkaido, at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Otaru flourished, and many western-style buildings were built in the center of the port city. Many of them were later converted into restaurants, cafes, boutiques and museums. These establishments located on Sakaymatsi Street are very popular among tourists.
The program of most travelers necessarily includes a visit to the Otaru Canal, renovated in the 1980s, the annual Snow Light Path Festival, as well as the Museum of Music Boxes, where more than 25 thousand old and modern music boxes are collected. Continue reading
Also keep in mind that the climb from station 5 to station 8 will go faster than from station 8 to the top when it becomes especially debilitating and difficult.
Not very interesting landscapes. The view from the top is impressive – the clouds accumulating in the mountains below seem like waves breaking on the rocks, but the climb itself will not please you with anything special. Mount Fuji is a volcano, so most of the way you will see a deserted black landscape.
Altitude sickness. This is a pretty nasty thing. Some tourists experience dizziness, headache, and nausea while climbing. To fight this, take breaks for a while and let your body adjust to the climb, or buy a small oxygen bottle. Continue reading