I want to make a carefree young artist's journey to Karuizawa, a place brimming with European-style elegance. I would take a leisurely stroll around Kumoba Pond with a Rent-a-cycle bike, go to the old Karuizawa Ginza-dori, a street whose shopping scene and retro historical atmosphere are in perfect harmony, and then I would imagine myself walking along the same street and visiting the same stores as John Lennon. I would see the Stone Church, visit the Karuizawa Picturebook Museum, the Karuizawa Erz Toy Museum, the Hiroshi Senju Museum, and so on.
Wasabi is an indispensable piece of the Japanese cuisine, but it is almost impossible to have natural fresh Wasabi in the United States, except for few authentic Japanese restaurants. Izu is the best place to get Wasabi - there are local Wasabi farms here! I would love to try both the classic cuisine, Soba noodles with fresh Wasabi, and newly invented Ice cream with Wasabi.
We'll spend our first day viewing Mt. Fuji from Hananomiyako Park near Yamanakako while enjoying the park's seasonal flowers, then take a Kaba bus ride from Yamanakako and experience the view of Mt. Fuji from the lake! If we're lucky, we may be able to see an upside-down Fuji reflecting in the lake. On the second day we'll wake up early, drive up to Mt. Fuji's fifth level, and start climbing from there. My children are only in Kindergarten and their fourth year of elementary school, making climbing to the summit an impossible feat, but our plan is to climb to the seventh level, rest at the rest area stationed there, and then start climbing down.
I really want to set off from Otsuko and tour around Okishima Island, the Oki no Shiraishi rocks, Chikubushima Island, and Takeshima Island. I would also love to take a tour on the inhabited island of Okishima and the Oki no Shiraishi rocks. I want to take a grown-up journey to Lake Biwa and get the full experience of Japan's greatest lake.
I want to swim and have my picture taken within the waters of Nanki-Shirahama, a beautiful beach said to be exceptionally translucent. I've taken photos of my friends while snorkeling in other countries, but I have not been able to take any nice pictures in Japanese waters. Off the coast of Nanki-Shirahama I'm sure that I'll be able to take some beautiful underwater photos (and hire a professional cameraman!), and if possible I really want to put on a single-fin/mermaid costume and leave behind a commemorative beach photo of my 30-year-old self! I really hope to have an amazingly instagenic photo taken of me on the beach--something I can be proud of!
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