A Trip to Mount Fuji

I did a trip to Japan in 2013. I specifically went in the beginning of April as that was the time of the famous Sakura Festival at Mount Fuji. I was staying in Tokyo, and Mount Fuji is about a 3 hour drive away from the city. The festival and blooming of the cherry blossoms are very specific to these two weeks in April. I was so intent on capturing those photos of the scenery.

I took a bus at Tokyo at the busiest metro stop, Shinjuku. No need to pre-book a bus ticket, I simply bought one on the spot and waited for about 15 minutes to board. You can also take the train to little town called Fujiyoshida at the foot of the mountain.

Seeing the famous snow covered peak looming outside the window, was pretty breathtaking! The bus drops you off at the metro stop in the little town. There’s not much transport going on and the town is really small. I could walk to my hostel, but I asked for a pick-up instead.

The town is dead quiet, nothing happening at all. I stayed at K’s Hostel Mount Fuji, in fact they have several of their budget friendly hostels around Japan. I loved staying with them, clean facilities, friendly staff and comfortable. At the Mount Fuji hostel, they had a huge kitchen, a lounge, dining tables and a traditional styled tv area.

Day 1

I took the train to Chureito Pagoda. You have to climb a steep hill up the mountain where it’s located. The pagoda is bright red and boasts the best views of the town and of the mountain. The steep walk was worth it. It was covered with beautiful cherry blossoms. The best times to get great pictures are in the early morning before 11 am or at dusk.

Day 2

I really wanted to take those iconic pictures of Mount Fuji amidst the cherry blossoms, so I had to wake up super early. I wanted my perfect pictures! So I was up at 6 am o.o! I walked down to the serene Lake Kawaguchiko which also offers pretty views of the mountain while being surrounded by cherry blossoms. You can still see wisps of smoke rising out form the volcano top throughout the day.
The lake is a must see and a delight for any photography enthusiast!

The cherry blossoms!

Let’s not forget the amazing blossoms found all over the charming little town and along the mountains. Cherry, plum and apple blossoms all litter the trees and roads everywhere. The variety of blossoms all bloom different flower shapes and hues from white to shocking pink!

My short stay at Fujiyoshida was very relaxed. Not much happens around this sleepy town which lies at the foot of this iconic mountain. The evenings are really quiet. My hostel had a large area in traditional Japanese design and style, where me and the other hostel guests  chilled out in and watched movies in the evening. If you’re not going to do any of the hikes up the mountain, then you can keep your stay here short. Two days was more than enough.  Hiking this mountain is def next on my list.

Travel Tips

  • I originally planned 3 days at Mount Fuji, but I didn’t realise how far it actually was from Tokyo. So I had to leave a day earlier and spend my last day in Tokyo. If you have an early morning flight to catch, staying over at Fujiyoshida is not a good idea. The drive alone is 3 hours, you still have to wait for the bus, then travel to the airport outside of Tokyo.
  • Fujiyoshida is still pretty cool during this time, especially in the mornings and evenings. Bring a warm jacket.
  • You’ll be doing lots of walking to get to the nice spots. There is a train, but to walk to the lake and pagoda mean you’ll have to wear comfy shoes.
  • To get more helpful info on traveling to Japan check out Japan Guide. I found all sorts of cool advice on when and where to take the best pictures on your visit! (Check out their website: http://www.japan-guide.com/)
  • There are a few restaurants in town, but for a budget traveller like me I opted for cooking my own meals by getting some groceries at the supermarket. The supermarket was well stocked too.
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19 thoughts on “A Trip to Mount Fuji

  1. You managed to get some lovely pictures! I did a day trip to Mt Fuji from Tokyo and although it was amazing, I definitely felt like I needed more time. I was lucky to catch the Shibazakura festival but I really wish I could’ve done the sunrise. Love you pictures taken from Kawaguchiko too.

  2. That’s real dedication right there! Waking up at 6am was clearly worth it, because your photos are wonderful. Thanks for your tips too, I hope I can get to see Mount Fuji and the cherry blossoms for myself soon.

  3. We are going to Japan in a month and plan to spend two days at Mount Fuji. I wish we could be there when the cherry blossoms are in bloom! This looks beautiful and sounds so relaxing.

  4. For as many times as I’ve been to Japan, I’ve only seen Mt. Fuji from afar and next time I’d really love to see it up close! Seeing it during cherry blossom season would be a plus. Thanks for these tips and I loved your photos, gorgeous!

  5. Gorgeous photography! This makes me miss Japan a lot. We never made it to Mt Fuji on our short trip, but we did see the mountain whilst rushing past on a bullet train, and I couldn’t believe how huge it is! It’s such an iconic image of Japan and I hope I can visit it when I go back.

  6. I love Japan but have yet to make my way to Mt. Fuji. Would love to do it the way you did and spend a couple days there and hike up the mountain. The pictures alone are worth it.

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