More Mt. Fuji and Bat Caves!
We started off our day by going to the Herb Hall which is basically a store with herb gardens and a greenhouse where one can view and buy all kinds of tea, herbs and dried flowers. We picked up quite a few samples of teas and purchased a few of our favorites. There was also a Perfume Hall behind the herb stalls where they had a variety of perfumes, soaps and aroma oils on sale. All of them smelled so pretty! We all bought something for ourselves or our sisters, mothers, aunts etc. Shortly after, we caught a Saiko-Aokigahara line retro bus to the Bat Cave. There are several caves in this area because of Mount Fuji's past eruptions. The Bat Cave costs 300 yen to get into and you don’t need to go with a guide. We found out that it is the most popular of the three caves and is also the most extensive. It is roughly 350 meters longs and has numerous large chambers and tunnels inside. We spent around one hour inside and almost slipped a few times even though we brought good shoes. You also have to watch out because some parts of the cave have very low ceilings so if you are not careful you could smash your head real good. Next we went to see the Ice Cave which is not too far from the Bat Cave. It is considerably smaller and cost 280 yen to get into. The locals use the cave and have been using it since the 1900’s to store ice all year round. There were a lot of stairs inside the cave, and some very slippery but that was to be expected. We took a few pictures of some of the coolest icicles but they didn’t turn out very good since it was pretty dark inside for our cameras. After visiting two caves it was time to warm up at the Yurari Hot Spring. It was not far either; we took the regular bus a couple of stops down. The hot spring is open until 10pm and the second floor we went to had gorgeous views of Mount Fuji. The baths were gender segregated and it cost 1200 yen per person to get in. We were also given the option of a private bath with views for 1580 yen for 45 minutes. However we weren’t going to spend that much money when the female baths on the second floor already had great views. We left the Hot Spring at 8:30pm and took the regular bus back to the hotel. This was our last day in the Fuji Five Lakes region and it was a good one.
Here's some photos of the caves!