Our itinerary :
We took a bus from Shinjuku station : Express Railway Bus
About 2 hours ride / Bus fees : 1 750 JPY
When you are at Kawaguchiko station just walk about 10 minutes to the first lake, and on the right of the lake you will see the Mt Kachi-Kachi Ropeway.
The Ropeway fees : 450 JPY for a one way & 800 JPY for a round trip
There the tale starts...
When you arrive at the top of Mt Kachi-Kachi you will see numerous statues of a Tanuki getting bullied by a rabbit.
So we were questioning ourselves, why would that rabbit bully that much the poor Tanuki, we Googled it and found a pretty crazy but funny story ! That we want to share with you :)
The trouble-making Tanuki
Using its shapeshifting abilities, the Tanuki disguised itself as the wife and cooked a soup, using the dead woman's flesh. (Yeah it was a horrible Tanuki...) When the farmer came back, the Tanuki served him the soup. After the meal, the Tanuki reverted to its original appearance and revealed its true form and what he did to his wife before running off, leaving the poor man in shock and in grief.
The couple were friends with a rabbit. And as a good friend the rabbit promised the man that it would avenge his wife's death. So the rabbit started to play tricks to the Tanuki, from dropping a bee's nest on it to...
After setting a fire to the Tanuki's load of kindling, the Tanuki did not notice it immediately and when the crackling sound reached its ears and it asked the rabbit what the sound was. "It is Kachi-Kachi Yama" the rabbit replied. The fire reached the Tanuki's back, burning it badly, but did not killed it.
The famous "Boat of mud"...
That is why now you can find this tale in japanese culture, they have an expression which says "Our trains aren't made of mud" for example.
The view of the Mount Fuji :
By getting down by foot, you will arrive at a superb point of view of the Mount Fuji and plus you will avoid the crowd of lazy tourists. ;)
Lilly & Dr Nozman