Fuji Forest and Onsen Adventure!

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After carelessly missing the bus for the Hawaiian Spa Resort, and a typhoon canceling the Hachijo-jima Island Boat Trip, I was determined to attend TUJ’s Fuji Forest Adventure no matter what. I had done zip-lining in the past while visiting a famous tourist attraction in China, but I had never done one that was combined with an obstacle course. It certainly was a combination that sounded entertaining and adventurous to me!

Of course the day of the trip, it rained, but it didn’t stop our group from having our adventure! However the rain did make it troublesome for those who came unprepared.

I made the mistake of wearing a jacket that wasn’t quite waterproof. Ming made the mistake of wearing pants that weren’t quite long enough.

I made the mistake of wearing a jacket that wasn’t quite waterproof. Ming made the mistake of wearing pants that weren’t quite long enough.

The course was already pretty difficult and required a lot of upper body strength and balance if you didn’t rely on the zip-line. The rain only made it that much harder and colder! I didn’t have much trouble with keeping my balance, I was thoroughly defeated by the weather! Half way through the course, I caved and brought gloves and a rain coat after realizing my jacket was completely drenched.

After losing his balance, Gabe cheats a little and grabs hold onto the zip-line to complete this course. Meanwhile, in the background, I “Tarzan swung” into a net.

After losing his balance, Gabe cheats a little and grabs hold onto the zip-line to complete this course. Meanwhile, in the background, I “Tarzan swung” into a net.

Fortunately, we were always attached to something, so it was very safe.

Ming faces her fear of heights, and takes a leap of faith into a net!

Ming faces her fear of heights, and takes a leap of faith into a net!

Not to mention a lot of coordination.

One of the adventurers got his leg stuck in the ring and had to take off his shoe in order to escape!!

One of the adventurers got his leg stuck in the ring and had to take off his shoe in order to escape!!

Even landing was quite tricky! We were supposed to pivot our bodies forward or sideways so we could use our feet to slow down our landing. However, we often ended up backwards and landing on our backs instead.

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The thrill of zip lining made Kayleigh completely exhausted.

Epic high fives on the last course!

Epic high fives on the last course!

After a tiring but exciting adventure, the onsen was exactly what we needed!

We all rushed to the warm bus, and were instructed to take off our shoes at the entrance of the bus. I was already quite used to taking off my shoes upon entering a house since we do this all the time in most Asian cultures; however, I had never did it upon entering a bus though. But considering how dirty everyone’s shoes got from our adventure, and Japan’s culture regarding cleanliness, it made sense.

Upon arriving at the onsen, everyone rushed for food. We were all expecting it to be pretty pricey, since it was at an onsen. To our surprise it was not only very affordable, it was very delicious!

Nothing like ramen after a tiring adventure in the rain!

Nothing like ramen after a tiring adventure in the rain!

I always thought that paying for food in Japan would be expensive since their diet has a lot of seafood, but it doesn’t seem to be to the case. Not to mention, workers in Japan don’t accept tips!

The onsen had a lounge for those who wanted to take a nap, chat with some tea, or get a massage.

The onsen had a lounge for those who wanted to take a nap, chat with some tea, or get a massage.

To be honest, I completely forgot that in Japan, people don’t wear anything at onsens, and packed swimming trunks. Upon entering the male’s locker room, and seeing everyone naked, I was once again reminded that there are a lot of things that are completely different in Japan. Surprisingly, being completely naked wasn’t as awkward as I expected. After the first few minutes, it felt completely natural. It was definitely a refreshing experience!

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