Known for being the highest mountain in all of Japan, Mount Fuji is certainly an impressive sight. Less visited by locals than domestic tourists, Mount Fuji can be enjoyed in many ways. It sits on the island of Honshu and is situated outside of Tokyo, so the best way to get here is to take a train from the capital city.
When you get to Mount Fuji there are a variety of ways that you can take in the majesty of the mountain. If you like hiking then it is possible to climb Mount Fuji, and trips vary along a variety of routes. The terrain is considered to be fairly easy here and there is no need to hire a guide. Expect to be walking on average for about 5 to 7 hours to the summit and about 4 hours back down again. If you want to walk around the crater then leave an hour to do this. Many people time there visit here to coincide with sunrise or sunset for obvious reasons, as this is when you will get some spectacular views.
If you do plan to climb Mount Fuji then be aware that there is a climbing season which extends from June through to September. After this time the temperatures drop on the mountain and there is a risk of things such as avalanches so climbing is considered very dangerous and you should not venture up the mountain. You also don’t have to hike Mount Fuji at all if you don’t want to, and some of the best photographs of the mountain can be taken from the base, with the summit often surrounded by fluffy clouds.
Given the fact that Mount Fuji is close to Tokyo and easy to access, it is a shame to miss this mountain. Known as being one of the three sacred mountains in Japan, this is also a place is full of myth and legend. It is also the chance to see an active volcano up close, and depending on when you come, it is also a fairly easy hike that doesn’t require special equipment or a guide.