Travelling in Japan
One of the greatest things about living in another country is the opportunity to explore it. Whether you plan an overnight stay or just a day trip, regardless of the place, there is beauty everywhere just waiting to be found. One of the most iconic places in Japan that I recommend a visit to is Mt. Fuji. If you are up for the challenge, take the time to climb the mountain, but even seeing it in the distance is something to behold. There are areas that tout their spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, such as Hakone or the Fuji Five Lakes region, for it is Japan’s crown jewel.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji. My sister and I, two ill-prepared hikers, decided that we would try to tackle the mountain overnight and arrive at the top at sunrise. This is definitely not the recommended method, but if you’re interested in how we went about journeying to Mt. Fuji and hiking it, feel free to ask about it and I can write in more detail about our experience.
Truly, the view from the top is spectacular. And because of the gentle nature of Mt. Fuji’s slope, a wide range of people get to experience it. I saw young children on the trails accompanied by their parents, as well as vibrant older folks who wanted to face the challenge of climbing the mountain. I must caution that it is no walk in the park, though. Physically, it is pretty exhausting and the altitude sickness can be tough to work through (which is why they recommend that hikers rest in the mountain huts for a few hours to combat fatigue and the effects of the high altitude). Of course, I am not the most avid of hikers so if you are planning to hike Mt. Fuji, your experience may be different.
Regardless of if you hike Mt. Fuji or not, if you do get the chance to travel to Mt. Fuji, keep in mind that the picturesque landscape acts as the perfect backdrop, so remember to take tons of photos!