Mount Fuji

Wenjun, a HomeAway staffer, takes us on a trip to Tokyo and Mount Fuji

Are you planning a trip to Tokyo, Japan in the near future and wondering where and how much time you might need to explore and see the city?

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My husband and I lived in Japan from 2008 to 2010. There are many attractions in Tokyo, the city is indeed a marvelous mix of modern living and old fashioned  manners.  The main sightseetings are Shibuya crossing street, Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Tower,  Rainbow Bridge (Odaiba Island), Robongi Hills and recently awarded world cultural heritage site ‘Mount Fuji’.

We have very specially emotional attachment to Mount Fuji, not only because it is the highest mountain in Japan, but its perfectly shaped volcano is worshiped as a sacred mountain.   Mount Fuji is recognized for its cultural significance when it comes to world-wide art, literature and daily Japanese culture. It is well-known that the sight of Mount Fuji could make us, either a local or a foreigner, think of Japan and its culture.

There are many ways to explore the beauty of Mount Fuji, one easy way to view it is from the train (shinkansen) on a trip between Tokyo and Osaka. If you take the shinkansen from Tokyo in direction of Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, the best view of the mountain can be enjoyed from around Shin-Fuji Station on the right hand side of the train.

If you want to enjoy Mount Fuji at a more leisurely pace and from a nice natural surrounding, you should head to the Fuji Five Lake(Fujigoko) region at the northern foot of the mountain.

But, I will suggest climbing this Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain if you have more than one week trip plan in Japan, where can make you for lifelong memories. The mountain itself may look more attractive from afar than from close up, but the views on clear days and expeirence of climbing through the early morning hours among hundreds of equally minded hikers from across the world, are very rewarding and unforgettable. 

The official climbing season are July and August. During these two months Mount Fuji is usually free of snow, the weather is relatively mild, access by public trasnportation is easy and its huts are open. Before you make very thorough climbing Mount Fuji plan, you can take a look at  some online tourism forums, which offer you the best and free suggestions on travel planning to Mount Fuji and other amazing places in Japan

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