Thanks! From the archives
- A few years ago, we spent a lot of time exploring the 'wrong' side of Fuji-san. While the east side is populated with tourist attractions and well-known destinations like Hakone and the Five Lakes, the west side has an entirely different isolated feel about it. The east side has maintained its attraction for locals and tourists alike, whereas the wrong side has seen a steady decline in popularity with the onset of offshore Japanese tourism. In the 1960s everyone stayed at home...
Into Shizuoka-ken, the roads are less traveled, and the landscape has an entirely different feel. With thatched roof houses a couple of hundred years old, and roads nearly too small to drive. We explored one area into Shizuoka-ken one rainy day.
Starting down in the valleys, we wound our way up into the mountains, with no particular destination.
Through shutter-towns and past less traveled locations.
Working class danchi underneath mist shrouded mountains.
Seen here before too, one slightly populated town held an interesting garage.
The occupant, wearing original issue period license plates.
A few other locals also equipped to enjoy the local touge.
Roads getter smaller still, this a two-way up and over one mountain pass.
The top of which still held a mountain house with an original 1970s' Nissan calendar (see earlier entry for full color page details).
Local mountain stores selling hot cans of coffee for the occasional visitor.
Nearby, the local kei distributor amasses previous sales roadside.
Mountain dams operated by TEPCO (boo hiss) generating hydro power.
A long-bed sanitora awaits its driver at the bottom of one hill.