Clouds. Mist. Fog. More clouds! In addition to lakes and resorts, this is what surrounds Mount Fuji these days. The friendly staff at Sunnide Resort, which consists of a hotel, some cottages, and an onsen with a view to a lake and, normally, the famous mountain, had a Japanese style room available today, so we checked out of the western style room and left the building (we can't check in until 3 PM).
Even though we were told that the mountain probably wouldn't be visible all day, we plotted in the top of the mountain on our GPS and decided to drive to wherever the road ended, which was at a temple. The toll, 2000 yen, was worth it. On the way up, the road plays music! Just as rippled strips on highways make signal sounds when you go too far out of your lane, ripples in the road made music. Fun! We spent two hours browsing souvenir shops, eating a hot dog, and writing post cards, and then, just when we were about to leave, the curtain of clouds opened up and Mount Fuji stood out in all its splendor. The day was saved! 15 minutes later, the photo session was over, and the fog was back.
The view from our bedroom. The clouds are tracing Mount Fuji.
We're back at the hotel now, ready to relax at the onsen, have dinner, and sleep in before we head back to Tokyo in the morning.