Mount Fuji, Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to the iconic Mount Fuji – the tallest peak in the country and a sacred site for its people for many centuries. Yes, it is a bit of a drive from Tokyo city but it is absolutely worth it and when you are there you realize why this active volcano is such a massive attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visiting this legendary mountain is an unforgettable experience. However, you have to keep in mind that you have to be lucky to get a clear view of the mountain as clouds and poor visibility can often block its view.

What you must know:

  • Book with a reliable tour company as this is a long day trip and you will want to be comfortable. It is a good idea to check with your hotel to get the best rate and tour, which can also include pick up and drop off at the hotel.
  • Be prepared for cooler temperature and therefore dress accordingly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for uneven terrain and snow.
  • There is no guarantee that you will get a view of the mountain.
  • The best time to view Mount Fuji is during the colder seasons (December – February), or, spring (March – May), when the skies are clearer.
  • Consider visiting either in the morning, or, evening and not mid-day.
  • If you want to climb the mountain, then the best time to visit is between July and August. But remember that the crowds are large during this time.
  • Some of the best unobstructed views of the mountain are from Lake Kawaguchi  - one of the Mount Fuji five lakes and from Hakone - a resort town.

This magnificent active volcano last erupted in 1707 and experts say that if a massive earthquake ever hits the region again, Mount Fuji might erupt,