The Golden Triangle of India in Just 4 Days

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Most of us are probably planning where to go once emancipated from the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been an unexpected hiatus for everyone and travelers are eager to catch up with their wanderlust. Well then…

Here’s a guide to visit India’s Golden Triangle: New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur in a matter of four days. Yes, you read it right. Three popular destinations in less than a week!

Day 1: New Delhi

If you arrive in the morning at the capital city of India, make a short tour in Qutub Minar or “Tower of Victory” which is approximately 11 kilometers away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A World Heritage Site built in 1193 to commemorate the triumph of Muslims over Delhi’s last Hindu Kingdom. At the foot of the tower is the first mosque to be constructed in India named Quwwat-ul-Islam. (Open Daily/Entrance fee is 600 Rupees)

At the start of our journey to Agra, I opted to take a nap but luckily I was woken up by the afternoon sun blazing through my window and I was able to catch a view of the rural landscapes. Supposedly, the travel time is 3 to 4 hours but we lasted for almost 6 hours due to the infamous traffic situation in India. Tip: Tell your driver to do a stopover in small eateries along the road where you can buy legit Indian Roti (flatbread) and Lassi (yogurt-based drink).

We arrived sundown and most tourists spots were already closed, hence, we decided to visit a garment shop instead to buy Shalwar Kameez. It is an Indian traditional costume which we wanted to wear in our most-awaited visit in Taj Mahal.

Day 2: Agra

We were all giddy to wear the costumes and catch the sunrise in one of the most romantic places on earth. Once you arrive at the entrance of the Taj Mahal, a number of locals will offer to guide you for a fee. It wasn’t expensive nor cheap, it’s really up to you if you want to know more of the history whilst viewing or just savor its splendor by yourselves. Tip: A lot of monkeys are scattered around the area so better take a grip of your personal belongings.

I suggest to schedule the visit during weekdays or non-holidays to avoid the surge of crowd. It is open to the public an hour before sunrise until a quarter before sunset. Take note, it is open everyday except Fridays. If you want to avoid the queue of tourists, you may buy the tickets ahead online. Tickets for foreigners include a water bottle, shoe cover, and guide map of Agra with free use of battery buses and golf carts.

Taj Mahal

Then, voila! There is no OVERSTATEMENT of Taj Mahal’s grandeur. It is really a work of aesthetic value with heartwarming history. I would never doubt why it’s included in the Seven Wonders of the World. Apart from the sunrise in Mt. Fuji, the sight of Taj Mahal will last with me for a lifetime. A glorious memento inspired by a husband’s eternal love for his wife, and it didn’t go in vain at all. The whole world remembers the story of Taj Mahal and will be acknowledged for ages.

Kau Ban Mosque beside Taj Mahal

We spent the whole morning touring around the complex and just simply devouring the charm of Taj Mahal. Honestly, it was the highlight of our trip. Then we went back to the hotel to get our things and started to head for Jaipur.

Tip: If you’re still game for it, tell your driver to take you to Chand Baori in the village of Abhaneri. It’s along the way and roughly 95 kilometers to Jaipur. Chand Baori is one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India consisting of 3,500 steps over 13 stories.

Day 3: The “Pink City” of Jaipur

You might be wondering why it’s called the Pink City? It’s because majority of the structures are painted with pink to welcome King Edward VII in 1876. The city was acknowledged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2019. Jaipur is considered the commercial center in the state of Rajasthan, a number of small to large bazaars trading crafts, garments and jewelries intertwine in the city. Tip: You can spare a little bit of shopping here.

Amber Fort

Afterwards, you can visit Amer or Amber Fort which is only 11kms from the city proper. The structure is made of red sandstone and marble that emphasized its architectural elegance. Although, the elephant riding was a downside for me. A lot of tourists opted to try the ride rather than walking or hiring a Jeep to take you at the top of the complex. As visitors, we have the responsibility to condem animal abuse. Please! Do not support elephant riding! (Open Daily: 0800H to 1730H/Entrance fee is 550 Rupees)

Other tourist spots in Jaipur include the City Palace, Jal Mahal, and Hawa Mahal. Be creative in planning your day so you can visit all these places, it’s possible!

Day 4: Travel back to New Delhi

It is recommended to travel back to New Delhi early in the morning to avoid traffic congestion. Anyhow, Félicitations! You just traveled the Golden Triangle of India in just 4 days. Book your outbound flight in the evening so you can still roam around the capital city during the day. We decided to visit the Humayun’s Tomb which has a similar history with the Taj Mahal but the other way around. It was requested by Empress Bega Begum to house her husband’s (Humayun) grave. The complex was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. (Open Daily/Entrance Fee is 600 Rupees)

Humayun’s Tomb

You can also visit the India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort. Tip: Prioritize the places you’re most interested, mine were the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


  • If you’re travelling in a big group, it might be more convenient to rent a van. That way, your group will have a flexible itinerary and privacy. Otherwise, you can try their public transportation but brace yourselves for rowdy rides, it can be fun!
  • Take a colossal amount of patience when you visit India because traffic jams and noise are inevitable. I have seen a lot of vehicles with signages “BLOW YOUR HORN!” It means they’re encouraging it, so imagine a number of vehicles around you doing that at the same time. I woudn’t dare to say it’s a melody!
  • According to India’s Ministry of Affairs, 80% of the population are Hindus. They are vegetarians and consider cows as a sacred symbol of life, hence, should be protected. Don’t be surprised to see a number of undisturbed cows in the streets, in several cases they are the source of traffic. Just act normal, like a local!
  • Surprisingly, hotels in India are not that expensive! You will find great accommodations for an affordable price. Therefore, I recommend to pick the ones which are accessible and will offer you comfort after a day’s jampacked schedule.
  • From Gol Gappa streetfood to Chicken Masala served in restaurants, enjoy a gastro tour and seize the chance to taste authentic Indian food. Majority of their dishes are rich in spices which you can buy as souvenirs too.

And, that’s it! Don’t let the unfamiliarity hinder you to witness India’s colorful history and culture, it might even change your life. Namaste!

How to Explore the Best of Laos in 4 Days

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Laos or formally known as Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR), is the only landlocked nation in Southeast Asia. Probably, few people may not heard of it yet or see it as a “so-so” destination, brace yourselves, this article might dramatically change your perspective.

How did we get there?

It was the second leg of our 10-day Southeast Asia trip (Thailand-Laos-Vietnam). We hopped on an overnight sleeper train from Ayutthaya to Nong Khai, and from there we rode the next train heading to Thanaleng, the border crossing of Laos. Supposedly, Filipinos are visa-free in Laos for 30 days, but upon our arrival the border control officer asked us to pay a certain amount. Anyhow, our takeaways were worth more than what we paid. Let’s begin!

Explore Vientiane (Capital City of Laos) on Day 1

Buddha Park

It’s also called Xien Khuan, which means “Spirit City”, and was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat. It holds more than 200 religious and peculiar sculptures portraying the gods and spiritual characters of both Buddhism & Hinduism. It’s a public park maintained by the government, hence, you will see not only foreign tourists but also Laotians particularly pupils having a school trip.


Looks like a giant pumpkin with three stories that represents Hell, Earth, & Heaven. Visitors can enter it by passing through the mouth of a demon then climb their way from Hell to Heaven. How I wish it’s as easy as that to enter heaven (if you know what I mean).


The name literally means Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph since it was built in memory of the Laotian soldiers who fought for their independence from France. The monument has 5 towers that represent the Buddhist principles of thoughtfulness, amiability, flexibility, honesty, honor, and prosperity. It essentially resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, hence, it’s also called as “Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane” or “Patuxai Arch.”


Riverside Night Market

It’s a long strip of vendors on red-roofed stalls offering countless travel mementos, knickknacks, Laotian inspired clothing, etc. Make sure to try eating at the food carts near the market too!

Take a Breather in the Sleepy Town of Vang Vieng for 2 Days


During the second day, we travelled in a minivan from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. The travel time was roughly 4 hours, so, we left early in the morning and arrived at the town after lunch. Tip: You can approach the hotel’s concierge for information and contact numbers of the travel agencies offering the trip.

Vang Vieng is my favorite place in Laos because it’s the home of the most affordable hot air balloon ride and I love the town’s quaint vibe and surrounding karst hills. We used the rest of the afternoon searching for an agency offering the best rates of outdoor activities we wanted to try the next day.


Hot Air Balloon Ride

You may choose to do it before sunrise or sunset, we opt for the first because we have to leave for Luang Prabang in the afternoon. We chose a package that included transfers, hence, we were picked up from the hotel just before dawn and reached an empty field with three enormous balloons ready to be fired up.

We were quite full in the balloon, nonetheless, I enjoyed every second of the ride while in awe of the majestic sunrise and fascinating landscape.

Want to see the view from the top?


Who on earth doesn’t love sunrise?


The hills were enlivened by the early morning fog.

Rock Climbing

After the remarkable ride, we went back to our hotel and got ready for rock climbing. It was not my first, yet, I’d be a hypocrite if I’ll say the obstacles weren’t a challenge. I didn’t worry though, a professional guide and safety gears were all provided.

We were able to finish the activity just before lunch and in time for our trip to Luang Prabang. The journey was quite longer, so, we arrived in the city late and famished. Good thing our hotel was just at the heart of the city where restaurants are at reach.

Immerse Yourself in the Historic City of Luang Prabang on your Last Day


Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls

Tat Kuang Si (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the most picturesque waterfalls I saw in my entire life, having the perfect combination of green foliage and turquoise pools. It’s a three levelled waterfall, all but one are open for public swimming. Along the trail, there’s a rescue center operated by the Free the Bears organization protecting especially Asian Black Bears or Moon Bears.


Wander Around the City

Luang Prabang is a wonder itself, full of French colonial buildings, remarkable wats and monasteries, rustic-themed shops & restaurants, and the home of the Royal Temple Museum. Do it during the golden hour for perfect snapshots!



While strolling around, I was dumbfounded by how a Laotian man cut his nails using a machete (see picture below). I mean, doing so requires expertise and a peaceful environment with no chance of surprise… or else! Update: I left the place knowing the man was not harmed.


Tourist Night Market

Located at the city proper, you can shop till you drop at the night market displaying assorted goods like herbal teas, souvenirs, handcrafted scarves and bags, street food, and more.

Tak Bat or Morning Alms Walk of Buddhist Monks

If you’re an early bird, you can witness the silent ritual between the almsgivers and Laotian monks. It is a sacred ceremony where the monks are given sustenance in their meditative life, while almsgivers take merit for spiritual salvation.

Be a Volunteer at Big Brother Mouse

It’s a school that initiates literacy activities, they welcome English-speaking tourists to engage in casual conversations with their Laotian students. I was surprised with the number of children and young adults eager to hone their speaking skills, and I dared not miss the chance. Actually, it’s a “win-win” exercise where the foreign visitors can ask more about the country and their culture.

The day after, we headed to Luang Prabang International Airport to catch our flight for the next stop… Hanoi, Vietnam.

(All photos were taken using my Fujifilm X30)

Laos is known for its support of communism, hence, struggled at first to open its territory to foreign visitors. Gradually, it has become a tourist-friendly and visit-worthy destination offering so much history, rich culture, and exceptional wonders of natureSo, will you include Laos on your next travel goals?

A Mellow Wedding in Siargao Island, Philippines

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Meganoi’s Invitation was graphically designed by one of the their friends (for free).

First and foremost, this is not my wedding… It was Noi’s, my only brother, with a femme française (French woman) who is now my sister-in-law, Megane.

Let me begin with an anecdote…

They were both migrants in the island, Noi comes from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines while Megane hails from Paris, France. They met each other while staying in Siargao, the unfamiliarity of the place became the bedrock of their friendship that ultimately turned into romance. They found a home in each other’s arms. In fact, Megane left the island once, but of course the inevitable happened and love brought her back to Siargao Island.

Finally, both decided to tie the knot on the 19th of September 2018. It was a day of pure happiness and gaiety; My first time to witness a union of two souls in a rustic, simple but meaningful, and intimate setting. The compounded impression of the ambience, carefree guests, sunlit weather, good music and food made it one hell of a day. There was a short drizzle before the start of the celebration, but the sun and azure skies appeared just in time for Megane to make her dazzling entrance.

Alright.. So what made it remarkable?

The Location

It was held in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, specifically in a secluded and private property located in Malinaw, General Luna. It’s owned by one of the couple’s friend, who I heard lent it for free. Some locals call it the “secret beach” where they can halt from the flock of tourists visiting the island. The property is situated between the beach and a lagoon having few mangroves along the coastland.

Tip: I heard the owner intends to open it for public next year and name it Maison Bukana Resort.

Here’s a view of the beach…


And the lagoon (Too bad I was not able to take a picture of the mangroves)…


Hopefully, these pictures can already give you a sketch of the solitary place.

Synergy of Friends

The bride’s Santan (Ixora) bouquet, her floral headdress and the blossomy garnish on the wedding cake were handpicked by her friend “Leah”, no wonder all of it have the vividness of colors. Further, each layer of the wedding cake has a different flavor (Calamansi, Chocolate, and Carrot) and was baked with love by Siargao Sweets.


Even Megane’s classic bridal car was owned by one of their friends and it set the mood more folksy. She was met by “Thomas”, one of her closest comrades from France who visited the Philippines for the first time just to see her happy tears. Kidding aside, isn’t this photo tear-jerking?


IMG_3243Again, the location is still not open for commercial purposes, thus there was no electricity in the area. Lo and behold! Another couple’s cohort brought a generator, portable speakers, and music instruments too! I was surprised few of the guests were gifted and sang out their wishes for the couple. Even the cab used to fetch guests and run some errands during the celebration was owned by someone they know.

Gaps Sabuero & Leighton Andante, both are Meganoi’s friends, were the videographer and photographer respectively of the surf-themed prenuptial session and during the wedding. I saw the vid by Island Monkeys, and it was lovely!


Moreover, what’s also amusing was when the supposed person to initiate the union failed to arrive in Siargao due to cancelled trips brought by a storm, their Yogi cohort “Davide” (the one on the picture) accepted their request to stand-in and composedly managed to lead the vows. Namaste, indeed!

Meganoi’s Hearts and Hands Into It

Very heartwarming to know that the couple used their hearts and hands to make the event more cherished. Noi personally built the wooden tables for the reception, and Megane embellished it with neutrally colored candles and table mats, plus the “Banig”. Voila!


All other decorations were personally chosen by Megane and designed it herself. Moreso, their wedding souvenir was a Filipino native “paypay” or Abaniko. All ornaments were an epitome of basic supplies turned into ingenuity.

A Warm and Merry Celebration



It was a cordial invitation, guests were allowed to wear anything comfortable and advised to bring beach mats for resting, but if they don’t mind lying on the sand then no problem too!




Of course there was wine, baguette, jam, and cheese (imported from France just for the wedding), Filipino cuisine like Pancit, Sinugba and of course Lechon! It was catered by Mama’s Grill, one of the favorite restaurants in Siargao. It was not just Megane and Noi’s union, but also of the French and Filipino culture.

It was festive the whole day, there was even a bouquet throwing for the men! The one who was able to grab it came along with his Filipina girlfriend to whom he gave the bouquet afterwards. Cheesy!


It was a day of joi de vivre and love, strangers became friends, storm became sunlight, and sweethearts became husband and wife.

By the way, the photos above were captured by me & my connoisseur cousin, Mich. Follow her on instragram (holamishka and mishabalos) and see more of her portfolio.

This write-up is not against couples who want to have extravagant and fancy wedding, everyone deserves the freedom to choose how to make their day extraordinary. Rather, this is a remembrance that weddings are personal events that should be celebrated candidly, where the couple is saved from uneconomical expenses and socially constructed wedding programs that are usually the source of anxiety, and be celebrated together with people who sincerely cares for them. A union of two souls can be memorable in any way it is celebrated, what’s important is the commitment and candor to share life’s ebb and flow side by side.

Here’s a snapshot of the couple with the bride’s closest friends and the groom’s relatives (of course, I’m wearing my precious hat):


Photo Credit to Leighton Andante





Essential Tips When Traveling to Coron, Palawan

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Planning to visit Coron, Palawan this 2019? Here are my suggestions for a smooth and worth-the-money kind of excursion:


Any travel (international or domestic) must be planned sensibly, that includes booking ahead your accommodation. You can use booking channels (, Traveloka, Trivago, etc.) or contact the lodge directly, in our case, I  was able to reserve a room at Divine Castle Travelers Inn through

I have to say, Divine Castle Travelers Inn surpassed my expectations (Note: I’m not getting paid to write this review nor a co-owner, just want to give you an impartial write-up). First and foremost, it’s affordable, roughly Php 800.00 to 900.00 per night for every person, and breakfast is already included. Next, the room, parlor, reception are sparkly clean. The staff was amiable and accommodating, they even arranged our transportation going to the airport. Lastly, the location is ideal, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the public market and restaurants but secluded enough from the bustles of late night parties.


What’s more gratifying is the chance to eat our meal at the rooftop facing the limestone landscapes in Coron.


The very basic is NO LITTERING, and speaking of, Coron observes a plastic-free environment. Aside from that, I implore beachgoers to use REEF SAFE SUNSCREENS. The ocean has been plagued already with industrial waste and pollution, we should spare them from toxicants brought by chemical sunscreens. The use of mineral sunscreens (contains Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide in lieu of destructive chemicals like Oxybenzone, etc.) with non-nano particles to avoid being ingested by the coral reefs is safer for both human and marine life. Here’s my recommended list of Reef Safe Mineral Sunscreens.


For solo travelers, couples or small groups (3 to 4 persons) trying to save especially on boat rentals, I suggest to avail tour packages where you will be sharing the cost with other tourists. Plus, all are arranged by the agency including van transfers, lunch, snack, and environmental fees. In our case, we booked the following tours with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours:

Coron Island Tour –  7 Highlight Destinations (Php 1, 600)

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoons
  • Balinsasayaw Reef
  • Beach 91
  • Skeleton Wreck
  • Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden
  • CYC Beach

Island Escapade Tour (Php 1, 700)

  • Malcapuya Island – snorkeling and fish feeding is a must!
  • Banana Island
  • Bulog Dos Island

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  1. There are other travel agencies offering almost the same arrangements at a lower price.
  2. If you opt to avail the Coron Island Tour, I suggest to skip the CYC Beach (just an average beach, nothing fancy) and stay longer at the Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden where you can revel in the various species of coral and fish.
  3. But if you desire to hire a private boat and freely manage your time, I recommend to leave early (8:00 am or earlier) for the tour to avoid the flock of tourists, especially during weekends and holidays.


Travel agencies, like Calamian Islands Travel & Tours, offer town sightseeing for a fee of Php 700.00, but I suggest to do it on your own and spend less. Two of the town’s highlights are the sunset in Mt. Tapyas and the Maquinit Hot Springs. You can actually hire a public tricycle for both destinations and pay only Php 500.00. And please don’t forget, do the hike in Mt. Tapyas first then wallow in the hot springs afterwards (ugh, the feels!).


-Tourists adoring the sunset at the top of Mt. Tapyas-


We first enjoyed the fried Danggit Lamayo in one of our breakfasts at Divine Castle Travelers Inn, and I got to believe in love at first taste. I normally think of Danggit as the salty dried fish sold in Taboan Public Market in Cebu, but Danggit Lamayo tastes different since it’s marinated with vinegar and garlic.

Cashew nuts as souvenirs are quite pricey but certainly delectable, especially the garlic flavored.


I booked this tour with Calamian Islands Travel & Tours, and to speak candidly, I haven’t appreciated it much since we only saw a speck of fireflies and an iota of plankton. Our guide informed us earlier that it was hard to see them since the moon braved its way to the clouds and shined brightly at us. So they say, it was worth the try, besides the included dinner buffet at Panget Floating Restaurant was dainty.


Try the seafood platter at Kawanayan Grill, splurge on Italian dishes at Trattoria Altrove, rollick on grilled recipes at KT’s Sinugba sa Balay, and chill out with a cup of coffee at Coffee Kong & La Morena Cafe.

Well, that sums up my two cents on how to make your Coron trip enjoyable. And to guide you more, here’s our itinerary:

Day 1

0820H - 0930H Departure from Francisco Reyes Airport (Busuanga) to Coron Town Proper

0930H - 1400H Lunch. Check in at Divine Castle Travelers Inn

1400H - 1600H Rest

1600H - 1800H Sunset at Mt. Tapyas

1800H - 2000H Maquinit Hot Springs

2100H - 2200H Dinner at Trattoria Altrove

Day 2

0830H - 0840H Pick-up by van to Coron Port

0900H - 1700H Coron Island Tour -  7 Highlight Destinations

1700H - 1800H Back to Divine Castle Travelers Inn

1800H - 1810H Pick up by van to Coron Port

1810H - 2130H Dinner Buffet at Panget Floating Restaurant. 

              Fireflies Watching.

Day 3

0715H - 0725H Pick-up by van to Coron Port

0800H - 1700H Island Escapade Tour

1900H - 2000H Dinner at KT's Sinugba sa Balay

2000H - 2200H Chill at Coffee Kong

Day 4

0800H - 1000H Shop for souvenirs (Danggit Lamayo & Cashew Nuts)
              at the public market or stores near the pier.

1230H - 1340H Coron Town Proper to Francisco Reyes Airport (Busuanga)

To show you a glimpse of  what Coron has to offer, watch my travel video here Paradise Beaches in Coron, Palawan.

(All of my photos and videos were captured by the super handy DJI Osmo Pocket)

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustav Flaubert


Coron is now a famous tourist destination in Palawan along with Puerto Princesa & El Nido. Those seeking for a more tranquil and slow-paced vacation, check Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan (adding it to my wanderlist too). Still, Coron has the gem, and I hope the visitors as well as the locals will continue to safeguard it.



10 Nifty Reminders for your DIY Mt. Fuji Climb

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“When everything feels like an uphill strugglejust think of the view from the top.”

  1. CLIMB ALONE OR WITH A GROUP. A guide is not required to climb Mt. Fuji. No need to worry of getting lost, trail marks are almost everywhere and the massive volume of foreign and local climbers will keep you company.
  2. SUMMER IS THE OFFICIAL CLIMBING SEASON. Summer usually starts from early July to mid-September; During these months, almost all of the mountain huts are open and public transportation is easily accessible.
  3. AVOID THE OBON WEEK (Mid-August). As much as possible, do not set your climb during Japan’s major holiday season as well as on weekends, otherwise, expect intensive foot traffic.
  4. YOSHIDA TRAIL IS THE MOST POPULAR. There are four main trails heading to the summit: Yoshida, Fujinomiya, Subashiri, and Gotemba; Yoshida trail attracts more visitors considering it is the most accessible from Central Tokyo and there are around 20 mountain huts to choose from.
  5. BOOK YOUR BUS TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE. If you’re planning to rest overnight near the summit, you better make an advance reservation because a lot of mountain huts (especially in Yoshida Trail) get fully booked even before the start of the climbing season. Also, unavailability of bus seats can cause sudden changes in your itinerary; No one likes to be rushed or delayed, right? Thus, it is best to buy your tickets ahead of time and you can do it online. Easy peasy!
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Look! The buses have USB charging outlets, amazeballs!

  • I was able to book our tickets through Highway Buses; You just need to present your web or mobile ticket before boarding the bus.
  • We stayed at Tomoekan 8th Station, it is one of the closest huts to the summit. They also offer meal options, though not really delectable but something that can temporarily fill your stomach; Well, you still have the option to bring your own food. Furthermore, one should not expect a queen size bed of roses, just like in any other hut in Mt. Fuji, you’ll be resting on sleeping bags and side by side with other travellers. Apparently, they’re maximizing every inch of the lodge. Lastly, Tomoekan only accepts cash at the site or credit card payments made online prior the arrival.
There are two Tomoekan mountain huts, one at the 7th and
another at the 8th station.
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                        Fuji Subaru 5th Station


6. EVERYTHING AT FUJI SUBARU 5TH STATION (Yoshida Trail). There are restaurants, grocery stores, and souvenir shops available at the 5th station. The registration and voluntary contribution of 1000 yen for conservation fee are also located here. Tip: They’re giving gifts to those who donate!

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I received a souvenir made with timber from Mt. Fuji.

7. OPEN FOR CHILDREN & BEGINNERS, BUT DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE. During our trip, I saw a boy who’s probably 5 years of age, enjoying the climb assault as if it’s a normal walk in the park. Sounds pretty easy, but believe me it wasn’t for me. Don’t underestimate the ascent and prepare for the following:

  • Temperature can drop anytime especially in the evening and the early morning climb to the summit; At least four upper body layers (base, outer light, two insulating layers) and three lower body layers (base, trek pants, & rain pants) will give you enough warmth;
  • Weather in Mt. Fuji is unpredictable, use rainproof clothing, bring ponchos or raincoats, and backpack rain covers;
  • Trail Food & Fluids, drink enough water to fight altitude sickness;
  • Climbing Equipment, head lamps and hiking sticks will come in handy.
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8. THERE ARE NO PORTERS. Climb as light as you can since the hike will be full of assaults.

9. DAY HIKE OR OVERNIGHT. Day hike is cheaper, but overnight climb is the most common and safe for beginners.

10. TAKE NOTHING BUT MEMORIES. Last but definitely not the least, bring your best cameras to capture lifelong memories, especially the picturesque view from the top of the highest mountain in Japan. If you’re lucky enough to experience a good weather and arrive at the summit on time, you’ll be able to witness the sun rising gloriously above the sea of clouds.

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Breathtaking. Surreal. Magnificent.


I’m out of words, just WOW!

Other tips:

  • After your descent, you can do a brief side trip at Gotemba Premium Outlets that is roughly two hours away from Fuji Subaru 5th station. You can hop on a bus from the 5th station to Kawaguchiko, then transfer to another bound for Gotemba station. From there, you can ride a free shuttle bus going straight to the premium outlets.
  • Most of my international travels are seat sales, I got my Manila-Tokyo-Manila ticket for only Php 2, 582, it was during Cebu Pacific’s Valentine’s Day Seat Sale last February 2018. Saving money on airline tickets means more fund for food and shopping.
  • Don’t underestimate the hike, shop the essentials ahead of time. Look for the best gears here: Hiking Essentials.

Here’s my Mt. Fuji Itinerary…

Day 1
0935H - 1200H
Departure from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to Fuji Subaru 5th Station

1200H - 1310H
Lunch and Registration at the 5th Station

1310H - 2030H
Start of climb to Tomoekan 8th Station

Day 1 to Day 2
2030H - 0200H
Dinner and rest at Tomoekan 8th Station

Day 2
0200H - 0400H
Ascent to the summit

0400H - 0500H
Sunrise. Sea of clouds. And everything nice.

0500H - 0600H
Return to Tomoekan 8th Station

0600H - 0700H

0700H - 1000H
Descent to Fuji Subaru 5th Station

1000H - 1230H
Travel to Gotemba Premium Outlets via Kawaguchiko

1230H - 1900H
Shop! Eat! Shop! Eat!

1900H - 2100H
Going back to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
(Buses heading directly to Shinjuku are available at Gotemba Premium Outlets)

“Thorough preparation makes its own luck.” – Joe Payer

The success of our DIY climb is a combination of good luck, determination, and conscientious planning. I know this may sound cliché but it pays to be prepared; So, plan your trip, don’t forget the nifty reminders, and hope for the best experience, au revoir!