Posted by: trainee
How have you been this weekend? Sadly the weather was not too good.
In this blog entry I want to talk about something that I have been frequently asked about by our dear guests. About Mt. Fuji, or as it is known in Japan: Fuji-san 富士山
A lot of guests that intend to visit Fuji-san ask us about the weather there and if the mountain will be visible. That is a tough question. The weather around the mountain changes rapidly. Since it is a single mountain with a relatively flat surrounding area and not part of a mountain chain it is possible that some passing clouds surround the top, even if the weather forecast for the area is good. No wonder at a height of 3,776 meters.
There is always a chance that you might not see the whole mountain.
A good example is my trip there three years ago. I climbed the mountain in early September, which was actually already off-season. However I did not want to stand in line for hours (yes that's how it is in summer) to get to the top. During the climb the weather was pretty nice all day long and throughout the night.
When I and a rather fair number of hikers reached the top we sat down and waited for the sunrise. And just a few moments before the sun was able to see, a single cloud swooped over the top and we couldn't see anything anymore. Well, that's just how things are.
But of course that doesn't mean you should give up on your dream to see or climb Fuji-san! Even if it is cloudy the mountain is quite impressive! Here's proof:
I took that picture in early May from a nearby lake called Lake Yamanaka. Since it's not hard to get to Fuji-san you should definitely go there if you have the time. Every day several busses leave from Shinjuku and Shibuya that bring you to a nearby lake. A one-way trip takes about 2 hours. Since the tour is quite popular you should reserve a seat a few days in advance but the website is available in English as well, so no worries ;)?
Also there is a hourly weather report for the mountain base as well as the top!
That's it for this time. So long fellow travelers and see you next time!
P.S.: If you don't have the time to travel that far, there are several places around Tokyo from where you can see Fuji-san when the sky is clear. Here a picture from my balcony ;)
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Posted by: trainee (April 8, 2017 5:08 PM)