A trip to Mount Fuji in Japan isn’t just for mountaineers. It is also for nature lovers. Sacred to the Japanese since ancient times, it is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Location and How to Get to This Specific Site
The mountain is situated to the west of Tokyo right on Honshu Island. From Tokyo, get on a bus from Shinjuku to the Kawaguchiko Fifth Station trailhead. You can also get there via the Odakyu train at Shinjuku going to Gotemba. You can also reach the mountain by plane using Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport.
What to See There
If you just want to see the mountain, it is best to keep some distance away. One of the best places to view it is Fuji Five Lakes east of Tokyo and Hakone. The best viewing time is the winter as the air is clear and dry. It is very difficult to see the mountain during the summer.
A trip to Mount Fuji in Japan is best appreciated by knowing a bit of its history and myths. According to legend, the summit was first reached in 663 by a monk. Since ancient times, the mountain has been the subject of legends and art. Hokusai’s 36 views of Mt. Fuji is one of the finest depictions of the mountain in art.
The mountain huts over the Kawaguchiko Trail cost 5,250 Yen ($44) with no meals. With meals, the cost will go up to 7,350 Yen ($61). The huts are open only July and August.
The bust ride to the Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Fifth Station costs 2,600 Yen ($22). A one way bus ride to the Kawaguchiko Station costs 1,600 Yen. You will then have to take another bus to the fifth station costing 1,500 Yen.
Wear hiking boots if you are going to climb the mountain. A head cover and waterproof clothing are also necessary. Gloves are also required.
Before scheduling a trip to Mount Fuji in Japan, keep in mind that the official climbing season is from July to August. It is very dangerous to climb during the off season; all the facilities will be shut down.