Posted by: Darrell | December 26, 2008

Mt. Fuji

The city of Kawaguchiko with Mt. Fuji in the background

The city of Kawaguchiko with Mt. Fuji in the background

The symbol of Japan was the next stop on our Farewell Japan Tour. The snow-capped, majestic mountain is as ubiquitous to Japan as Tokyo. Featured in paintings, drawings, history and folklore, Mt. Fuji is a feat to climb. However, we didn’t get to climb it. Mostly because it’s only open 2 months out of the year for the reputed 12 hour climb. However, it’s majestic-ness and beauty was definitely not lost in the midst of winter.

After extensive research by Liz, we determined that the best place to really get a feel for Mt. Fuji is in a small city at the base of the mountain and right beside a lake; Kawaguchiko. Instead of our usual business hotel, we made our two night stay at K’s House Hostel. Although, hesitant at first, the hostel was amazing. If we were to every come back again to climb Mt. Fuji, this will be the place where we would stay. Located minutes walk from the lake and a short bike ride to the base of the mountain, this would be the perfect place to set up camp for a monumental climb, or in our case just some sightseeing.

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Kawaguchiko is definitely a small city, with limited facilities and no public transport. Furthermore, it is also quite a journey to get there. However, everything you need is in walking or biking distance and what it lacks in facilities, it makes up in charm and beauty. The lake itself is a beautiful place to spend the day and one of the best locations to get some of those Mt. Fuji Kodak moments. There is also a Mt. Fuji information centre located right at the base of the mountain and provides climbing information, maps, history, museum and also a great lookout point to take some pictures.

Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko

Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko

As for the mountain itself, well it truly is beyond words. Even when covered by clouds, there is nothing quite like seeing the nearly symmetrical slopes of mountain towering above. And the picture were simply amazing; whether in black and white, sepia, framed against the clouds or back-dropped against the lakes. The mountain is without a doubt, one of the most picture perfect places and one of the highlights of our trip. However, if this is the beauty of seeing it from afar, I can only imagine how close to heaven you must be when you can complete that climb and watch the sunrise from the top of Japan.

Mt. Fuji at sunset

Mt. Fuji at sunset

Mt. Fuji in black and white

Mt. Fuji in black and white

Mt. Fuji in sepia

Mt. Fuji in sepia

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Responses

  1. your pics are amazing. i will reference this page when i have the opportunity to return to japan.

  2. きれいね!今日の日本語の授業に富士登山についての会話を聞いた。ある夏、戻って登ろう!


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