Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yokosuka in the rain

On Thursday we had planned to drive to Lake Kawaguchi in the Fuji Five Lakes area, around the base of Mt. Fuji. It's a beautiful area that we visited briefly in...October I think, on a tour up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji.

It started raining on Wednesday afternoon (it's Saturday now and it still hasn't stopped!!!) so we decided to drive down to Yokosuka Naval Base, south of here, on Tokyo Bay, instead. Their American shopping and dining options are 100 times better than ours; the stores are bigger, have way more selection and the prices are cheaper. And they have all the fast food places that we don't: Long John Silver's, Manchu Wok and Dunkin Donuts just to name a few. They have a Chili's on base too, one of only TWO in Japan! The other one is on a base in Okinawa. We're getting one on Yokota too, it's supposed to open in early 2009 I think.

Yokosuka is only 45 km (28 mi) from here, but it took us 2 hours to get there. I've never heard from anyone who's been able to get there any faster, and it can easily jump to 4 + hours, like it did when I went on the tour to Kamakura.

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