Tokyo and Yokohama has been quite hot lately, so i guess spring is almost over now! So that’s why now i want to write about one of my memorable spring moments!
So at May 10th, i went to a flower viewing tour with my dear girls from YSEP program, Apichaya, Shuyin, and Jew. The tour was organized by クラブツーリズマ. It was a very exciting trip, we followed a one day tour to go to some flower viewing spots. We were being picked up at Mizonokuchi Station at 7.30 AM and directly go to the place with a bus. At that time we were a bit surprise because almost all of the other tour member that day was… elderly :p
For this trip we had to pay 7000 Yen each person, but i think it was okay because we got the transportation, ticket, lunch box plus some sample food (omiyage) from the place that we would go to. So, during that day we did not only go to the flower viewing spot but we also went to another tourist attraction place 😀
On the way we stopped at the rest area, but it was so cool (the rest room was so huge) and from the parking lot we could see the sea! 😀
First stop was Shibazakura Matsuri（芝桜祭り）at Kawaguchiko.
After about 2 hours journey from Mizonokuchi Station we arrived at this place. Please don’t confuse Zakura with Sakura here, because it’s a different kind of flower. This particular flower is small and so beautiful, if you are interested to go, this festival is open from 13th of April to 2nd of June 2013 (so chances is still there!) 🙂
So, it was such a vast area covered with petite flower in the color of pink, purple, and white. And the best part was it is located near to the Mount Fuji. So we can see Mount Fuji altogether with those beautiful flowers!! There are fifth particular kind of flower there (i will write those that i can read in katakana) スカーレット フレーム、マックダニエル クッシヨン、 オートムローズ、リトルドット、and another flower which is written in japanese and I cannot read LOL (and for the katakana please just guess what’s the english word because frankly i am also quite unsure :p)
They also had a viewing deck where you could see the whole park! So beautiful, let’s just see the pictures!
After that we went back to the bus and eat our lunch at the bus.
Our second stop was Wasabi House (わさび の 故郷）
Basically it just sell everything, every food with wasabi as its main ingredients. One of my biggest mistake was to try eating wasabi soft ice cream. Actually the ice cream itself not that bad, but then they give some wasabi salt sprinkle on top of it and it was just… so.. からい… >>.<<
Third stop is つつじ。しゃくなげフェア (Tsutsuji) located at Hotel de Yama right beside Hakone Lake (Ashinoko Lake)
Actually we came to this place in not a very good timing. Because the weather was still a bit cold, so the flower hadn’t bloomed fully yet 😦 But the characteristic of this place was the (kind-of) round shape tree with colorful flowers blossoming on it. So cute! 😀
But the best part was also the Ashinoko Lake! The wind was strong but it was so beautiful and huge! 🙂 Let’s see some pictures 😀
Last stop was Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village, the place that i’ve visited for the SJCI tour also (please see here for more information) 😀
And the one day tour ended, we arrived around 5 PM at Mizonokuchi Station. We were so happy and satisfied with the tour! What a great short escape from the laboratory! 😀 Should do this again sometime with the girls :* Thank you so much, Apichaya, Shuyin, and Jew *hugs*
See you in next post! :3
Afifa Ayu Koesoema