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Mt Fuji Magic: Journey to Japan’s Hidden Treasures!

Savannah WalkerSavannah Walker
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October 26, 2023
Mt Fuji at night.

Mt. Fuji is no ordinary mountain—it’s like the rockstar of Japan’s landscape, always ready to impress. Standing tall at 3,776 meters (12,389 feet), it’s a volcanic wonder, and we’re about to uncover all its secrets. Whether you dream of climbing it or want to soak in its majesty, we’ve got you covered. So, buckle up because we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this legendary mountain!

When did Mt. Fuji form?

Let’s travel back around 600,000 years when Mt. Fuji was in its early stages. Imagine this: deep beneath the Earth’s surface, vast land moved around slowly, like puzzle pieces coming together. This movement was the starting point for the creation of our beloved Mt. Fuji. But it took a lot of time; it took a lot of volcanic eruptions, hot lava, and some geological magic to shape this incredible mountain.

A boat on Lake Kawaguchiko.
This mountain is home to many resorts! Image via Shutterstock

Now, Mt. Fuji is not just your everyday mountain; it’s a special kind known as a stratovolcano. That means it has a beautifully pointy top, like the ones in the pictures. Plus, it’s got a snowy hat all year round, making it a breathtaking sight.

And here’s the cool part: even though it has yet to erupt in a very long time, scientists keep a close eye on it to make sure it’s safe for all of us to enjoy. Mt. Fuji’s story is a fascinating journey from fiery beginnings to its serene, snow-covered peak, and it’s all part of the incredible natural beauty of our world.

When can I climb Mt. Fuji?

Climbing Mt. Fuji is a bucket-list adventure that people from all over the world can’t resist. As you ascend through lush forests and rocky terrain, you’ll find yourself in awe, with each step taking you closer to the sky.

A bunch of people climbing Mt. Fuji.
Many people climb this mountain every year. Image via Shutterstock

The climbing season is from July to early September, but the best times are usually from mid-July to mid-August when the weather is milder. As for costs, it varies, but it’s generally affordable, especially if you bring your food and rent basic huts along the trail.

To get to Mt. Fuji, hop on a bus or train from Tokyo, and in no time, you’ll be gazing up at this majestic mountain. If you’re ready for the challenge, the reward is an unforgettable sunrise view from the summit, worth every effort!

Are there any nearby attractions?

While Mt. Fuji is the star of the show, the attractions surrounding it are like the supporting cast that completes the picture-perfect scene.

Fuji Q Highland: The Adrenaline Rush 

Just a stone’s throw away from Mt. Fuji lies Fuji Q Highland, a thrilling amusement park that caters to the adventurer in you. This is where your heart races on roller coasters, and your adrenaline surges on spine-tingling rides. If you’re a daredevil, you can’t miss “Eejanaika”!

A roller coaster at fuji Q.
Fuji Q has some of the tallest roller coasters in the world! Image via Shutterstock

It’s 4th dimension roller coaster that will have you twisting and turning like never before. And the best part? As you’re hurtling through the air, you’ll have unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji right in front of you. It’s the perfect blend of excitement and natural beauty!

Are you looking for delicious snacks while trekking around Mt. Fuji? Check out TokyoTreat! TokyoTreat delivers the best Japanese snacks, drinks, sweets, and noodles straight from Japan to your door so that you can have a fun summer party at home!

Kai Zenkoji Temple: Tranquility Amidst Majesty  

The outside of Kai Zenkoji.
Kai Zenkoji is a major Shinto shrine in the area. Image via Shutterstock

Just a short journey to the picturesque town of Fujinomiya, and you’ll discover Kai Zenkoji Temple. It’s an oasis of calm amidst the majesty of Mt. Fuji. The temple’s elegant architecture and serene gardens provide a peaceful retreat for those seeking spiritual solace. As you explore its grounds, you’ll find yourself enveloped in a sense of tranquility that beautifully contrasts with the towering presence of the nearby mountain.

Lake Kawaguchiko: Capturing Fuji’s Reflection

Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, is your go-to spot for the perfect reflection shot. On calm, clear days, the lake becomes a mirror, perfectly mirroring the magnificence of Mt. Fuji. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or just looking to capture a memory, the view from the lake’s shores is unparalleled.

Lake Kawaguchiko in autumn.
Lake Kawaguchiko is lovely all year round! Image via Shutterstock

You can also take a boat ride on the lake or explore the local culture by visiting the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, which displays stunning kimono art inspired by the beauty of the lake and the mountain.

Shiraito Falls: Nature’s Finest Cascade  

Shiraito Falls near Mt Fuji.
These are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area. Image via Shutterstock

If you’re a fan of waterfalls, Shiraito Falls is a must-see attraction near Mt. Fuji. A short trip from the mountain’s base, these falls are a natural wonder, with water cascading gracefully from a series of parallel streams. Not to mention, it’s a serene and picturesque spot where you can appreciate the harmony of nature. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery, making it a perfect place for a leisurely walk and a picnic.

Chureito Pagoda: A Postcard-Worthy View  

Chureito Pagoda in the autumn,.
Chureito Pagoda is a sight to see. Image via Shutterstock

A journey up to Chureito Pagoda rewards you with one of the most iconic views of Mt. Fuji. The pagoda’s striking red hue against the backdrop of the mountain’s snowy cap is nothing short of a postcard picture. You’ll need to climb about 400 steps to get the best shot, but trust us, the view from the top is worth every step. It’s the spot for that quintessential shot that will forever remind you of your visit to Mt. Fuji.

Why should I visit Mt. Fuji?

Why not? Mt. Fuji isn’t just a mountain; it symbolizes Japan’s spirit and natural beauty. Whether you’re an adventurer, a nature enthusiast, or an art lover (yes, many artists have been inspired by this wonder), it’s a place that offers something for everyone. The sheer size and majesty of the mountain, combined with the charm of the surrounding attractions, make it a must-visit destination. They even have amazing snacks that you can enjoy!

Mt Fuji at night in the background of Tokyo.
Would you ever visit Mt. Fuji? Image via Shutterstock

From its geological story to the thrill of climbing it, Mt. Fuji is an adventure waiting to be explored. Take the chance to witness its beauty and stand on its summit! So, have you planned your Mt. Fuji adventure yet? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below, and let’s continue the conversation!

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