I take a trip to the mountians outside Tokyo for a one day escape from urban life. It was nice to get out of the city, however brief. I got back in touch with the non-metrosexual manside by grilling meat over hot coals and having a warm schvitz. I wish I could do this every weekend, but sadly life in Tokyo is mostly working for the man.
For those curious about costs and such:
Log Cabin: 5,0 yen (Per person, cabin sizes range from one person to groups of 6)
Bar-b-que Rental: 2,0 yen (including charcoal)
Train ticket: 2,600 yen one way (depends on which train though)
Bus: 620 yen one way
Onsen: 500 yen
Groceries: 3,0 yen
Charring meat: Priceless
English Ok. Pets Ok. But you must return the cabin to the state you found it in. I highly recommend this for families, especially if you can drive. Using public transport was a bit of a pain in the ass, and limits your options if you are staying for more than one night.
*Also, just a reminder I'll be broadcasting live on BlogTV Wed and Thursday at around 11am Tokyo Time. My guest on Thursday will be Mike from the K-1 kickboxing video. He is back in town for work and will stop by to discuss readjusting to his new life Los Angeles after 20 years living in Tokyo. Should be a really fun time. Check out the webpage for info, and a time countdown to when the broadcast airs in your neck of the woods if you are confused by time zones.
Seriously. check it out.
"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" - Flat & Scruggs
"Gotta Travel On" - Billy Grammer
"Overland Blues" - The Yoshida Brothers
"Bloody Mary Morning" - Willie Nelson