No matter how many places you see, there are some sights that will forever be etched in your memory. You will always be in awe every time you visit them. The first view of Mount Fuji -The Symbol of Japan is one of them. The perfectly conical snow capped wonder is simply magical!!
The Stunning Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji at 3776 meters is the highest mountain in Japan. It is considered holy and a symbol of good luck and fortune. What makes it fascinating is that its actually an active volcano although with low risk of eruption; the last eruption being in 1708.
Exploring Mount Fuji
While visiting Tokyo, if seeing Mount Fuji comes first on your list then you need to plan accordingly since this masterpiece is shy and hides behind the clouds for a good time of the year. Its 100 kms from Tokyo and visible from there on a clear day.
Basking in the morning glow
There are numerous places that give a stunning view of Mount Fuji. The most obvious one is climbing the mountain itself but honestly it looks most stunning when viewed from a distance. Here is what tour we took to view this beauty.
A bullet ride in Japan is equivalent to a Gondola ride in Venice so we decided to take a bullet train or Shinkasen to see Mt. Fuji.
We took the Tokaido Shinkasen that runs between Tokyo to Osaka. Just within an hour we were blessed with majestic views of Mt. Fuji near the Shin Fuji Station. However we were not satisfied so we were alighted at Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station.
The bullet train or Shinkasen
Mt. Fuji’s 5th station is at a height of 2300 meters which is about halfway up the mountain. This place offers amazing views of the mountain amidst the surrounding lakes. This place also has many shrines and souvenir shops.
View from Lake Ashi
After the 5th Station, we went ahead on our tour to lake Ashi. located near the Hakone National Park. Lake Ashi is extremely scenic having being surrounded with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Komagatake.
The pirate ship cruise
The best experience was on a pirate ship cruise on this lake enjoying the scenery. However, the visibility of Mt. Fuji is often poor from Hakone National Park. Its gets better during winters.
The serene beauty
Next on our list was the Mount Komagatake Ropeway. Its a cable car leading to the top of the mountain. This ride is a must to experience breath taking aerial views of Lake Ashi and Hakone National Park. Once you the summit, the view becomes even more better. Don’t forget to take a stroll here to allow the beauty to seep in.
View from the top of Mt. Komagatake
Experiencing the sacred Mt. Fuji, it was time to go back to Tokyo on the Shinkasen, with memories that would last a lifetime.
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