Mount Fuji (Fujiyama is a transcription error) which stands at 3,776 m is the highest mountain in Japan. The volcano is one of the symbols of Japan and one of the most emblematic places to visit in Japan. There are many places in the surrounding areas which you can see. During the months of July and August you can also climb up to the top.
From Lake Kawaguchi there are great views of Mount Fuji. It took a while to get there by train because I had been staying in Ueno, but it was certainly worth it to get up early to see this wonder of nature, peace, tranquility, and colour. It's ideal to clear your mind or sort out your thoughts. Come make it your own personal paradise, until you go, you'll never understand how special it is.
From Lake Kawaguchi you can see Mount Fuji very well, it took a long time to arrive by train so I stayed at Ueno, but certainly it was worth getting up early to see this wonder of nature, peace, tranquility, color ... the ideal to put your mind blank or to sort out your thoughts. Make it your personal paradise, until you do, you do not know how special it is for you :)
The Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha is a Shinto temple located in the city of Fujinomiya. It is a well known temple that pilgrims pass when climbing to Mount Fuji. With its crystalline waters that descend directly from Mount Fuji and traditional red wooden bridge, is a place you cannot afford to miss on your visit to Mount Fuji.
The "Yoshida Guchi" path is the longest climbing trail on Mount Fuji, with most services provided in the mountain huts. At the peak of the summer climbing season (which is August 1-17), the number of climbers on this path can average more than 3500 people per day. The official Climbing Season is July 1st to August 27th. Climbing in the off season is very dangerous. Even experienced climbers die each year. Start your day in Tokyo, taking the first bus from the Shinjuku Keio Bus Staion. Buses leave every hour starting at 7:10 a.m. When you get to the Kawaguchiko station, take a local bus to Sengen Jinga Shrine. That's where the route begins. It's the traditional route for climbing Mount Fuji, and in the old days it was used by pilgrims.
In the next stage from Chury to Iwata, and in the region of Shizuoka, I returned to enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains and the coast, which would follow me up on my journey to Tokyo. Here the cities and towns are no longer nice due to the industrialization and the building are ugly from WW2 onwards, as in many other parts of Europe. That said the low mountain, soft pedaling and the Pacific Coast are beautiful and will leave great memories. This stage is about 105 km long. I got to take some beautiful pictures of the sea, in Iwata, another city square with a park as big as the city itself, that is prepared for every kind of sporting activity it is overflowing with soft grass, where I slept like a log. Iwata is about 70km. West of Shizuoka, the capital of the region has the same name.
Karama is at the foot of Mount Fuji, the tallest peak of Japan. A fishing town is where I found this park of "boyscouts" . Getting here was hard because of the wind that blew all day. Also I went along the coast and there was not any mountain protection. I managed to do 100kilometers . Here I had a touchdown with the fascinating Japanese, then in a store buying fruit and food for dinner and the next day in the park with my bike and my store. Icame to visit to see if it was comfortable for 7 people, the owner of the store was a grandpa with which went to spread the word that there was a stranger camped on top of the people .... Anyway, I finished and laughed with everyone until midnight and with bags full of fruit (grapes, bananas and mandarins) for the following three days, they gave me more food because they understood that it would take too much weight on a bike that already was fully charged. Another 10 for the inhabitants of this village were so incredibly friendly. Again the Japanese left me without adjectives ..!
Thanks to a Japanese friend I stopped unexpectedly in Izu (Ito city, Shizuoka), where I could enjoy the famous natural hot spring in this Japanese city. You can see and know by your own eyes what I'm talking about ...
We took a bus tour with JapaniCan to the fifth station in order to get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. In many ways we were extremely lucky as we did see the top after many days of cloud cover. However unless you are going to the fifth station to start the ascent or you wish to buy one of the fabulous cakes in the shape of Mt Fuji, there are perhaps better ways to enjoy this sacred mountain. In the end, the fifth station is just a busy car park and there are better spots for Fuji viewing, Hakone is highly recommended. Nevertheless we did get a free lucky longevity bell from the gift shop (the priest at the back of the shop hands them out to tour parties with vouchers).
Getting to know Japan, not the big cities, but the small cities far from Tokyo, is like touching the sky with your hands. Its landscapes, the sea, Mount Fuji, its people, neighbourhoods, customs, good food, coastal hiking, and the bike paths that connect cities embroidering the sea are unforgettable experiences. It's something to be lived and never forgotten. Japan is Japan, a culture rich in good and healthy habits, delicate and beautiful women who are very feminine, but also different. This beautiful country offers us only what we've previously see on TV.