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

Japan 2019 Day 17: Stunning views of Mount Fuji & climbing Mount Mitsutoge

When the alarm went off at 4am we were once again treated to a view of fluffy clouds and nothing else. Not to be deterred we suited up and headed back up the mountain to Hahanoshirotaki carpark, to get to the torii gate on the edge of the mountain face. As we drove through Kawaguchiko … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 17: Stunning views of Mount Fuji & climbing Mount Mitsutoge

Japan 2019 Day 16: Driving up Mount Fuji!

Our alarm went off at 4am and I immediately opened the window, to be greeted by a horizon blanketed in white cloud, and no Mount Fuji in sight. We drove back up to Hahanoshirotaki in case the cloud was low lying, but the mountains were all covered in fluffy white. After coming down the mountain … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 16: Driving up Mount Fuji!

Japan 2019 Day 15: Driving to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji

No trip to Japan would be complete without going to see Mount Fuji and no trip of mine to Japan would be complete without staying in the area for at least week! Mimicing our 2017 trip we had booked to stay 8 nights in Kawaguchiko to do some hiking, photography, and have a slower pace … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 15: Driving to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji

Chureito Pagoda: the most famous view of Mount Fuji

This image is probably one of the most famous and well known images of Japan, sakura flowers, Mount Fuji and a vermillion structure all in one place! What is the Chureito Pagoda? Chureito pagoda is part of Arakura Sengen shrine, sitting on the side of Mount Arakurayama. The shrine itself get's little press but it … Continue reading Chureito Pagoda: the most famous view of 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

Japan 2010: Day 6; Mount Fuji & Hakone

Our first foray outside of Tokyo was a prebooked tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone national park. We picked a tour with an overnight stay and a shinkansen return ticket. The tour was leaving from Hamamatsucho bus station, a place which, apparently nobody has any clue where it is. Hopelessly lost and almost late we … Continue reading Japan 2010: Day 6; Mount Fuji & Hakone