|Mount Fuji, Japan|
Mount Fuji is like a beautiful but shy Japanese maiden, rarely peeking out from her cloud kimono. I spent three nights recently in the Mount Fuji area near lake Kawaguchiko and only saw the mountain on one morning -- but what a sight it was!
|Fuji-san from Lake Kawaguchiko|
Fujisan is an iconic symbol of Japan as well as a natural treasure. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters or 12,388 feet in height. Due to horrendous weather and poor visibility, I was unable to climb Mount Fuji on this trip. I did, however, take a taxi up to the "Five Points" trailhead and poke around a bit on the Mount Fuji trail.
|Mount Fuji Trail, Extreme Wetness|
Climbers typically start their ascent at 9:00pm and climb through the night in order to summit around sunrise at 4:30am (see video below). The short climbing season lasts from July through August.
|Climbers on misty Fuji|
I did, however, have occasion to walk around the gorgeous lake Kawaguchiko which lies at the foot of the mountain. Here is a map of the area...
|Mt Fuji Area map|
|Water nymphs flying over Lake Kawaguchiko|
|I prefer fat gods!|
|Swan boat, Lake Kawaguchiko|
|Samurai, Lake Kawaguchiko|
Commander Kelly says, "I really have a Yen to go back to Japan and try Mount Fuji again!"
If you would like to book a Ryokan in Japan see...http://JapaneseGuestHouses.com/db/fuji/kazenoterasu.htm
|Commander K. and Mt. Fuji|