Camping in Japan: A Trip to Yamanashi

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It’s the middle of summer and I step off the overnight bus from Osaka. I was pleasantly surprised by clear blue skies when I expected another typical muggy day in Japan. The destination is Kawaguchi, on the north side of Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. My companions were a bunch of buddies from Kobe, two experienced campers and three amateurs. Wiping the sleep from our eyes, we marched towards the banks of Lake Kawaguchi where we make our camp. Establishing basecampSituated next to the bridge that spans Lake Kawaguchi, the New Bridge Campsite was where we chose to spend the next three nigh…

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