A lunch stop at a hotel was not something I thought I would be writing about. However, a few quick items of interest. The Fuji View Hotel was built in 1936 on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi at the foot of Mt. Fuji. As we pulled up in the bus, I couldn’t help notice that this little gem was tucked away, like a little secret that was to be kept. We entered the small hotel and we directed to the line, waiting for the lunch buffet. As we were waiting in line for lunch, one of the hotel employees pointed out a framed picture on the wall. It was an autograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when they stayed at the Fuji View hotel in 1978. Being a victim of BeatleMania in the 60’s, I had to get several pictures!
Our lunch was interesting with 2 large buffet lines of all kinds of traditional Japanese food. Since lunch was included in our tour price, it provided an opportunity to sample foods that I might not order in a restaurant. We taste tested many dishes and liked most. With some time to spare we decided to explore. Having been told that there was an observation deck upstairs, we set out to find it. and when we did, we understood the allure of this place. Although it was a cloudy day and so, could not see Fuji, an incredible panoramic view of the lakes area was before us. Observation decks were located at each end of the hotel, so we made sure we saw both. Beautiful area, no matter your vantage point!
Continuing outside, we had time for only a brief visit to the gardens. Cherry blossoms, azaleas, pansies, mums and other flowers were blooming. But in the haziness of the day, I couldn’t help but imagine this beauty on a clear day with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. I will just have to return!