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I was fortunate to attend two field trips during my visit to Japan, both before and after the conference itself.
Fuji-Hakone: Spring, forest, cave, and volcanoes around the area
We left Yokohama to the village of Oshino, northeast of Mt Fuji, the location of Oshino Hakkai: the eight springs. This area used to be a lake, lava flows from Mt Fuji covered the lake completely and it dried up. However, groundwater coming from Mt Fuji are still feeding some ponds and springs in the village.