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Overview of today:
After a morning onsen soak in the hotel next to Hotel Brush Up, and a great hotel breakfast, I am off on a long mountain drive to the small town of Fujinomiya, site of two spectacular waterfalls: Otodome, a single waterfall, and Shiraito, a multiple veil of falls. I chance upon one man’s personal musuem, the Mt. Fuji Museum upstairs in his gift shop, the Dan no Ie. Next, a visit to the Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha shinto complex, a major site for the worshipers of the spirits of Mt. Fuji. These people are serious about their spiritual kami manifestations! Lunch is a huge plate of “Class B” yakisoba, the local fried noodles. Another drive over the mountains to the home of a retired politician known as “Former Prime Minister Kishi”. Nice house, and what a garden! As the sun sets, I visit the renown Gotemba Premium Outlets. Shoppers, set your wallet to “stun”.