Mt. Fuji


Mt. Fuji marks Japan both physically and spiritually. Rising more than 12,000 ft. into the air in near majestic symmetry, Fujisan has captured the hearts and minds of Japan for centuries.


Reachable by bus from Tokyo in 2-2.5 hours, spectacular photo opportunities can be had from many vantage points, if you're lucky enough to catch a clear day. Climbing the mountain, as many Shinto pilgrims have done for hundreds of year, takes about six hours. Nowadays, there are many stops along the way to provide climbers with refreshments and nourishment.


If you don't have the time to make the trek to Mt. Fuji, another way to catch a glimpse of the mountain is on the train ride from Tokyo to Osaka. Traveling south from Tokyo on the Shinkansen (or bullet train), you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji from the right side of the train about 40-45 minutes into the journey (if it's a clear day).