After finishing school but before visiting the US, Kenji decided to go see his Grandmother in Kanagawa, and instead of taking the train through Tokyo like we often do, we wanted to visit someplace new on the way, so we settled on doing a mini-road trip through the Chichibu area of Saitama on to Yamanashi, across Mt. Fuji, and then to Kanagawa, and back to Gunma in a sort of small circle. We wanted to take it easy and enjoy the scenery, so we really didn’t have any solid plans. As a result, we were able to stop and see a lot of interesting things we normally wouldn’t have had time for!
We stopped to take pictures along a winding road above a river. It was a nice, cool break, and beautiful too! Can you find the photographer in the last picture?
We stopped at a red light and saw a sign for Mitsumine Jinja, and Kenji really wanted to go, so we took a detour to the shrine. He remembered the shrine from a trip with his grandfather when he was younger and had always wanted to go back, so it was a good chance!
The entrance and a map of the shrine
As we were driving to find a hotel, we saw a bunch of fireworks, and followed them to the show! We were able to get so close, it was awesome to see! After that we found a hotel and enjoyed a relaxing bath before going to bed
We got a bit of a later start the next morning, and headed back up into the middle of Yamanashi to visit Shosenkyo, or the Shosen Gorge.
We hit the gorge right around lunchtime, so we had another yummy meal of local foods and fish!
We were meant to get to our hotel during the afternoon to be able to enjoy it, but didn’t realize just how far of a detour we’d have to take… after all, Mt. Fuji was in the way! We got to the hotel very late, so weren’t able to do anything that night. The next morning, though, we did some swimming before heading to Kenji’s aunt’s house to see his grandmother.