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

Tenku no torii; Mount Fuji and the torii in the sky

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 Tenku no torii; Mount Fuji and the torii in the sky

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 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 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 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