Mount Fuji, Japan

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Mount Fuji Japan

There is so much to learn about urban Japan. Cities bursting with noise, colour, light and life. Their gravitational pull is strong, almost irresistible. So strong that to break it one needs to escape to the other side of Japan.

Urban Japan

Urban Japan Image Credits – Gaby OBS

Fuji is the counterweight to Tokyo and urban Japan as a whole. Fuji is impressive, iconic and mesmeric in every manner. A natural representation of Japan, Fuji is precise, clean, elusive, mysterious. When Tokyo became Japan’s capital in the 1600’s Fuji lead from the pages of Japanese fable and folklore into the collective consciousness of the entire nation as legions of people saw the mountain for the first time while travelling on the Tokaido road to the new capital. A figure of legend suddenly became a stark, perfect reality to those who would eventually build Tokyo into the megalopolis it is today.

Mount Fuji Japan

Mount Fuji Image Credits – kimura2

Japan’s most revered mountain, Mount Fuji is roughly the center of the island nation. At 3,776 metres Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest peak and one of the most iconic peaks around the world.  Mount Fuji’s mere perfect symmetry, majestic white-capped summit and volcanic activities have made it the subject of art, adoration and worship. Located just west of the Kanto plain, near the mid point of the country, Mount Fuji is easily accessible from Japan’s largest cites. On the north side the mountain is surrounded by Fuji’s five lakes region, also known as Fujigoko, which is known for its lake resorts, a plethora of outdoor activities and hot springs.

The most basic way to experience Mount Fuji is of course to climb it. Like all other Japanese mountains, Mount Fuji is divided into ten stations. The fifth station is the most common starting point for travelers, halfway up the mountain. On the popular trails, there are mountain hunts where hikers can seek shelter, pay and use the restroom, buy food or even get a good night’s sleep. There are four main trails to choose from – Yoshida, Fujinomiya, Subashiri and Gotemba. The most popular by far being the Yoshida, whose fifth station has the most shopping options and is accessible by direct bus from the widest variety of locations, even downtown Tokyo.

Trails and mountain facilities are only available during the official Fuji climbing season, which generally from early July to mid-September, when the trails are free of snow.

While preparing for the hike make sure to be properly equipped for a range of temperatures, wear sturdy footgear and pack plenty of water and edibles. Climbing Mount Fuji is an unforgettable experience, the scenic views of the mountains and valley will certainly leave you spellbound!

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