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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Japan: Mount Fuji

Mt. Fuji is one of the icons of Japan, its most distinguishing physical landmark. The highest mountain in Japan with a peak of 3776 meters (12,290 feet), it is the dream of Japanese climbers to scale the summit. However, the climbing season is limited, from July to August. Although the climbing season is only two months, more than 300,000 climbers tackle Mt. Fuji every summer. Mt. Fuji is more than just a mountain of snow--it is an active volcano. Visiting Japan during the winter months meant views of Mt. Fuji would be from a distance, since even the lower access roads would not be open for several months. For something more antiquated can tour the lake on a traditional Japanese ship (Hakone Sightseeing Cruise), which offers great views of Mt. Fuji.

Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, presents ever-changing faces throughout the four seasons. In the surrounding area are untouched nature, hot springs (onsen), amusement parks and many other attractions. The Fuji Five Lakes region is an area rich in natural scenery. The 5 lakes—Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji—lie at the foot of Mount Fuji. Each one offers a well-appointed resort atmosphere, with numerous facilities for everything from outdoor to cultural activities. 

Since it's winter season when we were in Japan we only went up to 4th station for sightseeing of Mt. Fuji due to weather condition and some roads were closed. Viewing the icon of Japan in a distance is still beautiful while enjoing the cold weather and the snow.

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