Cherry Blossoms & Mount Fuji
What visit to Japan would be complete without a visit to see the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji? Nestled slightly off the beaten path of the Shinkansens, I did find it was not ‘as’ easy to get to directly as I would have expected. One of the best observation points of Mount Fuji is from the town of Fujikawaguchiko-machi (surrounded by the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi). From town you can take either a trail or a gondola up to the top of Mt. Kachi Kachi. From atop the mountain, you will have a breath-taking view of the world famous Mount Fuji, in all it’s glory. This photo was taken in early March, when the Cherry Blossom trees were in full bloom, and snow still glistened from the peaks of the majestic mountain. The air is crisp at this time of year, and though it can be quite sunny, you may also risk heavy cloud cover which may obstruct your view of the mountain, along with bringing some spring showers as well.
The first day we arrived to Fujikawacuchiko, Mount Fuji was no where in sight due to the heavy cloud cover. We spent the day circumnavigating lake Kawaguchi, walking amongst all the Cherry blossom trees in bloom, and admiring the sidewalks riddled with fallen petals. The next day, waking up bright and early, the sky was clear and the sun was shining. On our way to find breakfast, I turned a corner, and out of nowhere, Mout Fuji burst into the sky in front of us. It was a glorious sight to see. We quickly ate and raced to the gondola to get a better view. It was definitely worth spending the night to be able to catch a glimpse of the snow capped mountain peak. The snow factor at this time of year, of course, makes climbing the mountain not easily done, but it’s worth it if you’re just interested in the beautiful view.