Mount Fuji isn’t just a sight for sore eyes. This is a volcano in Japan – the highest one in the country. It is the icon of the country because of the perfect shape and the symmetrical form. A lot of paintings and poetries have celebrated the mountain because of the beauty. With the snow-capped view, Mount Fuji is beautiful – and somewhat artistic.
However, the mountain isn’t just a view. Hundreds of climbers have tried to reach the summit – generally between July and August. The trip to the peak is somewhat religious – it isn’t just a conquer to tame the mountain. It’s a good thing that more and more facilities are built and provided to help climbers. You don’t have to be an experienced climber to reach the peak.
The Facts about the Mountain
The mountain has been complimented for the perfect circular shape. With the snow covering the top, the mountain seems peaceful and elegant. The name was taken from Ainu word meaning fire, the mountain had its history of being an actively erupting volcano. The last eruption dated back to 1707. During the time, Hoeizan crater was created and formed. Since then, the mountain hasn’t erupted anymore and it has been dormant.
Climbing the Mountain
It takes around 8 hours to reach the summit. If you come to the mountain in July and August, the numbers of visitors and climbers can be overwhelming. 4 routes are going up. Each of them has 10 gome (or stages) in various lengths. The most popular trail is the Yoshida Trail. Enjoy the paved roads to the 5th station. You can find mountain huts between the 7th and 8th stations offering a drink, overnight accommodations, and food.
After they reach the summit, climbers would rest, walking around the Naiin or shrine or Summit Crater before going down. Whether you make the climb early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you can enjoy either the sunset or the sunrise so both ways are rewarding.
Another alternative is to take the bus, or drive, from the mountain foot to the 5th station. From here, you can continue your climb without a sweat. In this way, you can reach the summit and then go back in one day. If you are looking for an easy and fast way to travel from Tokyo to the 5th station, you can take Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, and Bullet Train day trip tour. You will visit souvenir shops and shrines. You can also reach the 5th station and then continue with the Lake Ashi boat ride. You can also view the National Park of Fuji-Hakone-Izu. You can then catch another bullet train to return to Tokyo.
Advanced climbers may choose to go up in quieter times, usually in early fall or late spring, although they may have to deal with added dangers of freezing temperatures and snow.
This is the city located on the foot of Mount Fuji. If you want to admire the mountain from afar and you have no interest in going up the summit, you should head to this city. You are guaranteed to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Several destinations are popular among tourists, such as Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja (a Shinto shrine) or Oshino Hakkai, a small village surrounded by beautiful settings and serene ponds.
Fuji Five Lakes
This is the area on the northern side of Mount Fuji, known for the beauty and the five lakes of Yamanaka, Motosuko, Saiko, Kawaguchi, and Shoki. You can take part in the cruise ship, kayaking, or fishing. You can also explore The Healing Village that showcases a traditional Japanese village.
There are tons to see around Mount Fuji, such as Lake Ashi or Aokigahara Forest. Make sure that you plan everything carefully before coming to the area. Plan ahead, including managing your flights. Go to Airpaz.com and choose airlines like ANA All Nippon or AirAsia Japan.