Vernal Equinox ( Shunbun no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan and it usually falls on March 20 or 21. The date is declared in February of the previous year. It is celebrated as the start of Spring Season all around the country.
We are always glad when Daddy is on holiday cause it means we could visit places further than our usual outings during the week since I don’t drive and we could visit new places too. We had actually planned to spend time with our friends but since the weather was not so promising, we cancelled our plan. However, like I mentioned, we are always glad when Daddy is on holiday. So, we decided to brave the windy and wet weather and go for a hike to Tenjoyama Park till Mt. Kachi Kachi which is about 45 to 60 minutes hike.
After we parked our car at the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, we started hiking up when it started to drizzle and the wind was so strong that the kids were not comfortable with it. But we decided to move on and then the rain stopped and the sun started to appear too. The kids had no idea what was in store for them. They were just excited to be spending time in nature as usual.
We found this really awesome abandoned cocoon for our nature find.
We had to make a stop whenever we see the guide map for hiking route to see where we are. Mia’s loves this.
We made a stopover and rested whenever there is a rest place to enjoy the view and of course to take pictures 😊 On one side, we could see the beautiful Mt. Fuji (overlooking part of Fujiyoshida city and Fujikawaguchiko town – and also we could see the roller coasters in FujiQ Highland) and on the other side, we could see part of Fujikawaguchiko town and the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi. This town is very special to us cause it is where we started our journey together as a family before we moved to Oshino Village as I was working there teaching in Public schools.
Our 3 year old needed a ride on Daddy’s back when we were halfway. I had to keep telling Matthew that it would be worth it when we reached the top. He almost gave up just before we reached the top but when I showed him the top, he said, ‘Let’s just do it’ and started to hop on 😊
We had our snacks and drank our water when we reached the Kachi Kachi ropeway station and it was super crowded with lots of tourists (most people take the ropeway to the top)
After having fun there for sometime and making our Omiyage (souvenir) with our 100 yen coins, we decided to show the kids the fun part 😇 We made our way to the ropeway and since the kids didn’t know, they were really excited. When we were on the way down, they kept thanking us and kept saying what a beautiful view it was from the ropeway.
This view is so worth it 😍
I did not think it was gonna be super busy down there. The line to take the ropeway up to the top was super super long. So glad we decided to hike up.
After that, we washed our car at the car wash and the kids insisted they help us wipe the car which was really sweet of them.
After that we bought our bento (lunch box) and headed for our favorite park. We all were really hungry so we finished everything from our bento. Then we headed to our favorite part of the park and ran around there and played hide and seek. We found lots of mushrooms coming up.
Nature is and always will be the best place to bond as a family cause it is free and we can just be ourselves. I am so grateful that we could make all these memories together as a family.
Sometimes things doesn’t go as planned but like some people say, ‘Unplanned memories are the best memories’ 😇
That was how we spent the First Day of Spring this year.