When is the best time to see Mount Fuji?

After two more years of data collection have the statistics changed?

My Nihon

Mount Fuji is notoriously shy, even if you plan your visit to the area you may never see Mount Fuji – this was my experience on my first three visits to Japan! I decided to work out how likely you actually are to see Mount Fuji by collecting daily data for the past three years.

How many days is Mount Fuji visible?

Out of the 1,095 days recorded, Mount Fuji was only visible for 621 days, around 56% of the time. This varies vastly from month to month, the best months of the year are December and February, with July and September having the fewest days of visibility.

The worst month for visibility coincides with the rainy season, usually in late May to June, and typhoon season which in around September. During summer months warm air will hit the cold peak of Fuji, producing clouds, making visibility poorer.

The time…

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Japan 2019 Day 4: Aomori road trip part 2

After a freezing and almost completely sleepless night courtesy of Towadako Hostel we headed out to the lake side for sunrise. Our first stop after parking up was Towadako shrine, which is accessed by a short hike through the forest (beware of bears!). The shrine was really beautiful, nothing but trees surrounding the shrine buildings. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 4: Aomori road trip part 2

Japan 2019 Day 2: Yamadera & Matsushima

Our second day in Japan saw us waking up early to catch the 7am train to Yamadera in the neighbouring prefecture of Yamagata. The train takes about an hour from Sendai to Yamadera and goes through numerous small villages, and beneath the Japanese alps which reach north to south across the centre of Tohoku. The … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 2: Yamadera & Matsushima

Japan 2019 Day 1: Tokyo to Sendai

We landed at 5:25am at Tokyo's Haneda airport, this was my first time at Haneda airport and I was slightly disappointed by the arrivals area. There was only one small store and a coffee shop and I was pretty hungry after the 11 hour flight! The plan was to get our JR East pass exchanged … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 1: Tokyo to Sendai

Chasing the cherry blossom: Getting the most out of sakura season in Japan!

It is almost that time again!

My Nihon

Japan has an amazingly deferential relationship with nature, protecting the stunning environment that the islands of Japan home. One of the most intrinsically tied aspects of Japanese culture and nature is the cherry blossom phenomenon. If you have spent any time reading about, studying or visiting in Japan you will have seen the numerous references to the sakura season, one of the busiest and most beautiful parts of Japans nature worship.

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Sakura blossoms

If you are planning to travel to Japan it can seem overwhelming as to how to ensure you will be able to catch the 5-7 days when the blossoms are in full bloom, in all their glory. The way that the cherry blossom arrives in Japan is a sweeping front, starting in Kyushu in late March and ending in Hokkaido in late May. It is such an eagerly awaited part of the year that news channels and…

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