Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan with the peak reaching an elevation of 12, 388 feet (3,776 m). The mountain is located on the west of Tokyo near the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi. Mount Fuji can be seen from Tokyo on clear days.
Mount Fuji is most known for the symmetrical cone shape that is often snow covered creating a spectacular scene across Lake Kawaguchi. Mount Fuji is actually surrounded by five lakes that include: Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji. The mountain is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Mt. Fuji's summit was forbidden to women until the Meiji Era. Now it is a popular tourist destination and common destination for mountain-climbing. The official hiking season for Mount Fuji is a short two months in summer: July 1st to August 31st. The rainy season and typhoon season can also cut into this time. You have to be flexible, watch the weather radar and pick a good, clear day to go.
Most climbers begin their trek at Station 5; you buy a walking stick, decorated with flags and bells. As you progress through each station, you have the station's symbol burned onto your walking stick (however you have to pay for each one). Make it to the summit and you have a great souvenir. The night climb (from early in the evening until early in the morning) is popular for the incredible sunrise view...
World Heritage Sites in Japan
There are eleven cultural and three natural UNESCO World heritage sites in Japan. The main characteristic of the world heritage sites in Japan is that many of them are supported by the country's diverse natural environment and its climate with four seasons, for which there are few equals in the world. There are also sites such as the Atomic Bomb Dome (Hiroshima Peace Memorial), which remind us of the negative legacy that should never be forgotten. All of them offer visitors the chance to learn about the culture, ancient architecture, lifestyles and beliefs of the Japanese people. At the same time, their breathtaking beauty will take leave you in awe. Why don’t you include these sites in your tour itinerary, and enjoy Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
List of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
* The Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area (1993)
* The Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (2000)
* Himeji-jo (1993)
* The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (1996)
* The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) (1994)
* The Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (1998)
* The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (1995)
* Itsukushima Shinto Shrine (1996)
* Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (2007)
* The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range (2004)
* Shirakami-Sanchi (1993)
* Shiretoko (2005)
* The Shrines and Temples of Nikko (1999)
* Yakushima (1993)
Mt.Fuji and the Heritage sites Photo Tour
Arrive in Tokyo → Transfer to Tokyo →Visit Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Sensoji temple & Shopping Arcade → Lunch in Asakusa (Monja-Yaki) →Free time in Shibuya or Harajuku → Check in at the hotel → Enjoy Fish course dinner at the hotel
Travel to Lake Yamanaka → Pasta Lunch at restaurant in Lake Yamanaka →Transfer to Lake Motosu →Transfer to Lake Kawaguchi →Sunset view of Mt.Fuji from the lake.→ Check in at the hotel in Lake Kawaguchi→ Enjoy Japanese dinner
Taking Sunrise photos on the Lake Kawaguchi Bridge in the morning → Breakfast →Travel to Lake Suwa →French Lunch at Lake Suwa→ Visit Suwa Grand Shrine →
Taking Sunset photos at Sunset Park Tateishi →Check in at the hotel →Japanese dinner
Travel to Hakuba →Arrive at Tsugaike Kogen Hotel →Onigiri Lunch at the hotel →Walking along " The Salt Road ".→ Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Travel to Gokayama →Udon noodle Lunch on the way at local restaurant →Arrive in Suganuma Gassho Village in Gokayama → Proceed to Ainokura Gassho Village →Travel to Shirakawago →Check in at the hotel →Enjoy French course at the hotel restaurant.
Proceed to Ogino Gassho Village → Enjoy strolling in the village →Travel to Lake Miboro →Japanese Lunch at a local restaurant at Lake Miboro →Proceed to Takayama → Enjoy walking in the old village →Sunset photos in Takayama →Check in at the Japanese style Ryokan
Visit morning market in the old town in Takayama →Travel to Matsumoto →Visit Matsumoto castle → Japanese-western lunch at a local restaurant →Travel to Tokyo → Night scene in Tokyo
Transfer to Narita Airport → Leave Japan