Since I live in Kanagawa Prefecture Mt. Fuji is quite familiar, and I often see Mt. Fuji in a commuter train and bus with a sunny day. The appearance of the mountain varies constantly according to the changing seasons even the passage of time during course of a day. I can enjoy it.
At 3,776 meters, Mt. Fuji is the Japan’s highest mountain and well known worldwide.
When I went to Lake Kawaguchiko on my trip, I saw Mt. Fuji on the bus running highway. That was cloudy and humid because of a rainy season in July. This picture was taken in the morning from the bus. I realized how big it is as I close to the mountain.
This picture was taken from Mt. Fuji view point north side of the Lake Kawaguchiko in the morning.
It has cloud at the top of the mountain. But in that after noon I looked at the direction of Mt. Fuji once again after having lunch, the mountain disappeared! Oh! Where is Mt. Fuji? It’s gone…may be behind cloud.
Kawaguchiko is located on highland that’s why the climate changes speedy. If you have a plenty of time you can wait there for a while. You might see the Mt. Fuji in 10 or 20 minutes if you are lucky.
I recommend a winter season to have great view of the Mt. Fuji to visit Kanto region because lower temperature makes air clear and viewing probability is higher than a summer season. You would have a nice viewing of Mt. Fuji covered with snow at the top of the mountain which like a typical post card.
As climbing Mt. Fuji has been popular recently, the climbing team is only two months in July and August. It is said that Japanese climb the mountain once in their life but I actually have no experience to climbing Mt. Fuji and I’m not good at climbing mountains so I enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji outside away. Climbing mountains has been popular not only Mt. Fuji but other mountains as well among especially younger girls, we call them “Yama girls” literally means “mountain girls”. Recently we can buy variety of mountain climbing gear in many shops.
Mt. Fuji was registered as a world cultural heritage site in 2014. It’s not natural heritage because it contains cultural heritage including the Fuji Sengen shrine.
Climbing fee is required if you get grade 5 or more. It was free until it is registered in the world heritage site. You can go by bus to the grade 5. It is required to enter in a climbing up to grade 5 with a formal climbing gear such as shoes, sleeping bag and so on.
Basically the climbing is scheduled that climb to grade 6 or 7 on the previous day and stay at a lodge, then climb to the top next early morning and go back the same day.