Mount Fuji (富士山, Fujisan) is a picture perfect volcano located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. With 3,776 meters Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain and can be seen from Yokohama and Tokyo when the sky is clear. Mount Fuji has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and a subject of countless pieces of art during Japan’s Edo period. It is considered one of the country’s three sacred mountains and one of Japan’s most visited attractions. Mount Fuji is an active volcano but its last eruption was more than 300 years ago in 1707.
If you’d like to climb Mount Fuji, it’s best to come in July or August as the mountain is open for trekking on various routes. Make sure you plan in an extra night for your trip. For a more relaxed way of visiting Mount Fuji, head to the Fuji Five Lake (Fujigoko) region or to Hakone. There is a lovely tourist route around the lake with several great viewing points to fully see the beauty of Mount Fuji. The resort area around the lake is very beautiful on its own and there are lots of onsens, so plan in some extra time for that :)
We only stayed for one day in Mount Fuji as most of the 3 weeks in Japan were allocated to Kyoto and Tokyo. Well and one day for Disneyland (of course!). So we took the train super early in the morning and then had the whole day at Mount Fuji. We took the shuttle bus around the lake (as shown in the map) and thereby were able to see quite a lot of the area. The weather was great also, such a fun day :)
For more things to do in Japan, head over to this post. Have fun travelling :) :)