Planning a DIY trip to see Mount Fuji

All you need to know to plan your own trip to see the beautiful 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

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

Japan 2019 Day 18: Surprise snow for Mount Fuji

The alarm sounded at 4am and we were greeted by a foggy, cloudy morning. Tired from our hike the day before we slept a little longer and got out to Kawaguchiko's shore at 6am. The clouds had cleared and Mount Fuji had suddenly become much snowier than the day before! Fuji now had her winter … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 18: Surprise snow for Mount Fuji

The sacred pools: Oshino Hakkai

The area around Mount Fuji holds many natural phenomenon due to the past eruptions of Mount Fuji carving out the landscape, changing the biggest lake in the world into the five lakes of Fuji. Oshino Hakkai was created thanks to the same eruption which split the great lake. What remained were eight pools filled with … Continue reading The sacred pools: Oshino Hakkai

Renting a car in Japan

I thought it might be helpful to write a little about renting a car in Japan, in April this year we hired a car and self-drove for 4 days in Yamanashi prefecture. Japan arguably has one of the best transportation systems in the world and so for many people renting a car wouldn't cross your … Continue reading Renting a car in Japan

Accommodation: K’s House Mount Fuji

One of the trickiest things booking somewhere to stay in a far away place is knowing whether the accommodation, hotel/hostel etc., is going to suit your needs. Reviews are always useful and so I thought I'd record my thoughts on the place I have stayed in Japan. First off is my most recommended place that … Continue reading Accommodation: K’s House Mount Fuji