A trip to Japan is incomplete without taking a peek at Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain. It is considered as one of the sacred mountains in Japan and it also has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Mount Fuji is a popular peak for Hiking.
At 3776 meters in height, Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which most recently erupted in 1707. On clear days, it can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama.
If you are planning to climb Mount Fuji, you can do it around July and August as it is officially open for climbing via several routes. To get a clear view of the mountain, you have to be lucky as clouds and poor visibility often block the view. Did we get lucky? Did we have a glimpse of the majestic mountain? According to our guide, during summers the visibility is not too clear. And coincidentally, we were also visiting Mount Fuji in summer. But we still stayed optimistic.
Mount Fuji is 100 kilometers from Tokyo, and it can be covered in a day trip from Tokyo. We took a full day guided tour from Tokyo, where we were picked from our hotel. The tour cost us 156$ per person and it was inclusive of transportation, entry fees, guide and Japanese style lunch.
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mount Fuji.
- Cruise the waters of beautiful Lake Ashi in a boat.
- Ride the Mount Komagatake Ropeway for views of Hakone National Park.
- Stroll at the top of Mount Komagatake.
It was a scenic two and a half hour drive from Tokyo. There was a brief stop at Mt Fuji Visitor Center, where we got lot of info about Japan’s tallest mountain’s history and geology. And also got some good views of Mount Fuji, but unfortunately it was a cloudy day with light rain.
After that we were back in the bus and taken to our next stop-Mount Fuji’s 5th station. It is located halfway up the mountain at 7,545 feet. Here we visited some shrines, Torii gates and went for souvenir hunting in the small shops. It was raining mildly and we were a bit upset at this point as we were not sure of getting a clear view of Mount Fuji.
For lunch, we were taken to a Japanese home style restaurant managed by a Ninja family. It was one of the best meals that we had in Japan. Fresh homemade Japanese food at it’s best. Dining at this place was an experience in itself.
After lunch, we proceeded to Lake Ashi. It is located in Hakone National Park. We were taken on a short cruise across the lake, where we took in the stunning scenery of pure waters surrounded by mountains.
The last stop was the Mount Komagatake Ropeway, an aerial tram that operates between Hakone and the summit, and the ride takes 7 minutes. From the aerial tram we got to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Ashi, Owakudani volcanic valley and the surrounding mountains. After the tram, we were given time to walk around the mountain and soak in the beauty of the place. And we also got to see the bright red shrine.
Finally the weather gods showed mercy on us. Hooray! We did manage to have a glimpse of Mount Fuji, when the fog disappeared, though it was for less than 5 minutes. What a surreal experience it was, truly heaven on earth. We will cherish that moment forever.
On our way back to Tokyo in the evening, we went by the super fast bullet train(Shinkansen). One way bullet train ride on the way back is part of the tour.
It was one of our favorite tours in Japan. Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you want to book the trip? You can go ahead and book it from the internet, just like we did.
Below is the website and phone number of the trip that we booked:
Sunrise Tours: for reservations & information call: 03-5796-5454