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Climb majestic Mount Mitsutoge for perfect views of Mount Fuji

Many people visiting Japan want to see the elusive and beautiful Mount Fuji. Climbing Mount Fuji is popular with guests from acorss the world, but you don't get to experience the true beauty of Mount Fuji from up close. Often the best views of Fuji can be seen from off of the mountain itself, and … Continue reading Climb majestic Mount Mitsutoge for perfect views of Mount Fuji

Kawaguchiko Asama shrine & torii; the new must see view of Mount Fuji

History of Asama Jinja Mount Fuji has been worshipped in Japan for hundreds of years, initially by the Ainu, then Shinto, and finally Buddhism. Fuji is worshipped as a Goddess, giving fertile soils and clear water. To keep her happy eight Shinto shrines were erected around the base of Mount Fuji, with numerous smaller shrines … Continue reading Kawaguchiko Asama shrine & torii; the new must see view of Mount Fuji

Autumn in Japan – my favourites

After 23 days in Japan, driving over 2,700km by car, and travelling 1,420km by shinkansen we had visited 9 prefectures. I have written about each day we were in Japan here, so if you want to get the whole story you can! I thought it would be good to write about my favourite spot in … Continue reading Autumn in Japan – my favourites

Japan 2019 Day 23: Flying home from Haneda

We were up for dawn at Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo West Wing (The West Wing bit is important as there are two separate JAL City hotels on the same road). There was an all you can eat breakfast, but first we wanted to take a walk around the neighbour hood and hit up an … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 23: Flying home from Haneda

Japan 2019 Day 22: Goodbye Mount Fuji, Hello gluten free feast!

Our last full day in Japan, and our last morning in Kawaguchiko started with a blanket of clouds covering Mount Fuji. Not to be put off we were at Oishi park by 5:40am patiently waiting to see if Fuji would grace us with a view. The clouds weren't as thick as previous days, and we … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 22: Goodbye Mount Fuji, Hello gluten free feast!

Japan 2019 Day 20: A misty morning with Mount Fuji & a trip to Shosenkyo Gorge

Another cloudy morning, another missed sunrise! Kawaguchiko was under a blanket of cloud when we woke up, so we didn't head out of K's house until 6:30am. We drove over to Oishi park, a good base to park and explore that section of shore. We went for a walk but the sky was still looking … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 20: A misty morning with Mount Fuji & a trip to Shosenkyo Gorge

Japan 2019 Day 19: climbing Mount Kurodake for stunning views of Mount Fuji

I was committed to doing some sunrise photography on our 19th day, so we were awake and getting ready at 4am. We had decided to revisit one of our spots from the previous day, Tenka Chaya, as it has such a beautiful view. We managed to get there by 5:30, as it is a 30 … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 19: climbing Mount Kurodake for stunning views of Mount Fuji