We decided on a day trip from Tokyo to see Mount Fuji, Japan’s iconic mountain. We watched the weather carefully because more often than not Mount Fuji is covered in clouds. Mount Fuji is an active volcano and it’s Japan’s highest mountain at 3,776 meters. It’s one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains and has been a pilgrimage site for centuries.
We had one day in the forecast that looked like clear skies so we seized the opportunity and made our way to Chureito Pagoda. It’s a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance. It’s a very popular place to view Mount Fuji, especially in the cherry blossom season.
When the school kids are on a day trip you will almost always see them wearing yellow hats. It looks like a great way to spot them easily if they stray from the group!
The local trains are pretty cute!
After our visit at the Pagoda, we took the train to Kawaguchiko in the Fuji Five Lakes region. We specifically came here for the Shibasakura Festival (phlox moss). Although it was a bit early for the flowers, it was nice to see the area and of course Mount Fuji.
Before heading back to Tokyo we made a quick visit to Lake Kawaguchiko, a popular hotspring resort town. It was an easy walk from the train station down to the lake. The town itself seemed quiet and I suspect it was still low season for them.
We were very lucky with the weather and happy we had the opportunity to see beautiful Mount Fuji.
Where we Stayed: Unizo Inn Tokyo Kandaeki West 👍
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel