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Mount Fuji

Standing on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Japan's most famous symbol and highest peak can be viewed from several locations and can also be reached by coach from Tokyo or by the popular Shinkansen bullet train. Go up to the 5th station halfway up the mountain on a day trip, make it one stop in a long vacation from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya, or (when in season) climb up to the summit and witness the breathtaking sunrise. Discover UNESCO World Heritage Site Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.

Visit Mount Fuji

The most popular way to experience Mount Fuji's splendor is on a day trip from Tokyo which actually takes you halfway up the mountain. Visit the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station which, at 2,300 meters above sea level, offers a view of the summit as well as views of the Fuji Five Lakes below. Enjoy the sights, grab some refreshments, shop for souvenirs and visit the Komitake Shrine. Hikers climbing to the peak can stock up on supplies before heading for the Yoshida Trail.

Climb to the Summit

During official climbing season (around July to August), the hiking trails to Mount Fuji's peak open up to travelers wishing to witness the sun rise over the Land of the Rising Sun. All in all an itinerary spanning two days, hikes usually start in the afternoon from any of the 5th stations halfway up the mountain with a stop to dine and sleep at a mountain hut near the top. The hike to the peak of Mount Fuji starts out late in the evening allowing for enough time to reach the summit and witness a truly breathtaking sunrise.

View from Hakone

Hakone, a resort town in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, is famous for its onsen hot springs and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns). Mount Fuji can be viewed from a boat cruising Lake Ashi or from a ropeway cable car going up Mount Hakone or Mount Komagatake.

Ride a Shinkansen

Traveling by Shinkansen from Tokyo to the direction of Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka? Grab a seat by the right-hand side of the bullet train and keep an eye out for Mount Fuji as you approach the area around Shin-Fuji Station, about 40-45 minutes into the journey.

See Mount Fuji from Tokyo

Only 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Tokyo, Mount Fuji can be seen from the city center and Yokohama on clear days. Climb up to the observation decks of Tokyo Skytree (Japan's tallest structure) which can offer a good view of the mountain.

Fuji Five Lakes

The best close distance views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the surrounding Fuji Five Lakes - Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Shojiko and Motosuko.

Lake Yamanaka is a spectacular spot to behold the rare "Diamond Fuji" - a phenomenon that can be witnessed only from certain spots and on certain winter days. Catch that fleeting moment when the sunset or sunrise aligns perfectly with Mount Fuji's peak, setting off beams of light like a sparkling diamond.

Lake Kawaguchi meanwhile boasts of the classic image of Mount Fuji reflected on its waters depicted in the famous "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" landscape prints by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.

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