362 Kms from Otsu
One of the places to visit for a view of Mt. Fuji. Hakone is a quaint little town with plenty more to do as well. I loved the views of Lake Ashi, and walking along the Cedar Tree Route. Taking the various forms of transportation around Hakone was fun too! Our view of Mt. Fuji was slightly blocked by some clouds but it was still so majestic. I can see why people wrote poems and songs about Fuji-san. She isn't "just a mountain".
200 Kms from Otsu
Culture and saké: Takayama (2 days) Kampai! Takayama is home to dozens of saké breweries, and is the place to sink down jugs and jugs of this rice-based beverage. If you don’t like the taste that much, try and start with some warm saké after a day of exploring — nice, right? To fill up the day before boozing hour, visit the morning markets, explore the old town on foot, and snap pics of the traditional wooden houses and old-school shops. Or maybe spend an afternoon hanging out in a cafe, sipping on tea and writing postcards while listening to jazz records. Oh, and make sure you hop on the train back to Tokyo during daylight hours: the ride is stunning.