High on Andy’s to-do list was a driving experience like no other: a Nissan GTR, a full tank of petrol and Mt Fuji as the backdrop. We braved a cold Tokyo morning at 4 am, and found our bus to the fun2drive office. Nestled in the mountains, the drive down to Gotemba gave us a jaw-dropping close-up view of Mt Fuji. Four hours of driving through beautiful mountain passes and around to Lake Yamanaka – the largest of Fuji-go-ko (Fuji five lakes).
In a total contrast, toward the end of our trip, in Yakushima we also hired a car. There is almost no public transport on there, so car really was the best way to get around. Rather than a thirsty GTR though, this time we went for that other truly Japanese car – the Kei Car. With a maximum 600cc engine, what this car lacked in speed it made up for in hilarity.