I thought I had wasted my trip here but luckily there was a restaurant at the end which was open. It seems to be the only one open too.
The sushi was marvellous. Yummy!!! ;)
Given my poor (or rather non existent) japanese, I did not ask the restaurant staff why the whole place was empty. I was guessing it was a holiday.
I quickly rushed back to take my luggage and made my way to the bus terminal at Shinjuku. There were others on the bus, judging from their attire and shoes, you could guess they were runners too. Adrian, Chris and Trish were also on the same bus.
|From Louis Kwan|
(L - R): Trish, Adrian, me, Chris
A small bus arranged by Avid Adventures came after about 20 mins of waiting. While waiting, some more runners arrived at the train station and there was not enough seats on the bus so some of us had to stand. There were 4 support packages arranged by Avid Adventures. Each different package would be staying at different places like a business hotel, B&B hotel, ryokan and guest houses. All 4 of us were staying at different places. Trish did not sign up with Avid and she chose a hotel directly opposite the train station.
I liked its beautiful view of Lake Kawaguchiko, its coziness and the friendly staff. What a lot of us liked most about this place was the common area at the ground level where we would gather and chat about the race and everything over a cup of tea or some snacks. We even left our rooms open as the whole ryokan was just runners, all part of the family.
I would share room with Reuben, also from Singapore and he would arrive tonight. Also at the ryokan would be Nora. Last year she did the UTMF while I did the STY. This year we switched over.
There was still some time to dinner so I began to unpack my stuff.
Inside it contains several useful items. One of them was a small card for free WIFI which we could use in the ryokan. That meant we would not be cut off from the virtual world.
On the background it reads 富士山一周 which means "One round around Mt Fuji". The words in black 完走祈愿 means "Wishing that you would complete".
Dinner started at 1900Hr. You could always look forward to mealtimes at Nagahama. The owner, Mr Noboru Miyashita, was a fantastic chef! There was always guaranteed to be a sumptuous spread.
More runners arrived during dinner time. All of us introduced each other during dinner. There was Louis, a HongKonger living in the US, Edzra from Singapore, Kristen and Jason from Canada, Brian from the US currently living in Hong Kong, another 3 HongKongers (one of them was called Alex). Nora and Reuben also arrived during dinner time. Nora and I wanted to go for a short run tomorrow morning. Some of them agreed to join us.
Outside the ryokan, the weather was cold and still drizzling. We were told to expect cold weather. The race was shifted one month earlier than 2012. April would be colder than in May. Let hope the weather turns better over the next few days. Or, at the very least, not get any worse.