From Gamagori, we had to drive 4 hours toward Hakone. We were all dozing in the bus when the guide shouted excitedly, “There’s Fuj-san!”. We opened our eyes and marvelled at the beautiful sight.

At 3776 meters, Fuji-san is Japan’s highest mountain. A dormant volcano, it last erupted in 1707. The beautifully symmetrical volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain by many Japanese, and women were forbidden on it till after 1912.

Clouds and poor visibility often block the view of Mount Fuji, and you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain. It is only fully visible 50 out of the 365 days in a year.


Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.

Like many pretty objects, Fuji-san looks better from afar. The view which confronted us when we drove up mid-way to about 2000 metres, was a black summit with streaks of white snow.


The temperature at that height was at least 6 degrees below that on ground level. It was -2 when we were there, trying to pile on warm clothing and not to slip and fall on the thick blanket of snow all around.

Colourful kimonos, delicate gifts, beautiful temples, delicious foods, fashionable people, great designs and vending machines. They were wonderful encounters but it was the majestic Fuji-san which really left a lasting imprint and made me feel it was well worth the trip.

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