9 Views of Mount Fuji

Our destination was the tourist town of Kawaguchiko, famous for its view of Mount Fuji (or Fujisan, as the Japanese call the sacred mountain). At 3776 metres, it’s Japan’s highest mountain and renowned for being a bit camera-shy – it’s obscured by cloud for most of the year. We felt very lucky to get many fantastic views of the mountain. In fact, you really couldn’t miss it.

From our hotel rooftop early in the morning.

Views of Mt Fuji

Zooming in up-close.

Views of Mt Fuji

From the train station.

Glimpses of Fujisan

And the main road.

Glimpses of Fujisan

My favourite views were from the lakeside mid-morning.

Views of Mt Fuji

It was a view to admire (or distract) while fishing.

Views of Mt Fuji

And a spectacular accompaniment to autumn foliage.

Views of Mt Fuji

And peeping from behind the hills.

Views of Mt Fuji

By late afternoon the clouds had started to roll in, though it didn’t make the view any less spectacular. It almost made us forget that we were looking at a volcano (albeit a dormant one).

Views of Mt Fuji

On the Train Again

Our visit to Izu-Kogen concluded all too quickly, and we were once again at the station, taking multiple trains, one of which was of course the shinkansen.

Scenes from Japan Rail

Scenes from Japan Rail

For those who have never taken a high-speed train, I took a little video at one of our transit points, Atami Station. It’s a taste of how fast those trains go, and shows a little of what goes on at a Japanese train station.

Notice:
1. Speed of train, and how nonchalant everyone is about it.
2. Barriers between the platform and the track – rather a good idea.
3. People still go around in Japanese dress – even while travelling.
4. The station master’s pointing routine in the background. It’s a Japanese thing to ensure that everything is done according to plan.

It was a rather long day on 5 separate services. The last was an all-stations service full of noisy high school kids. We were rather glad near the end to see this, our destination.

Glimpses of Fujisan