Mount Fuji and Me

A lot of items on my bucket list were checked off last year when I went to Japan. One of those was Mount Fuji. I vividly remember learning about  this iconic volcano in class when I was just a kid and how it seemed beyond my reach back then. I’ve seen countless photographs, watched various movies and documentaries about this magnificent volcano. I don’t know why I was so fascinated by it and was bent on putting Mount Fuji on my bucket list. I think it was because it symbolized Japan.

Twenty years later, I found myself standing in front of a snow-capped Fuji-san. I went on the last week of March when the cherry blossom just started to bloom but in Honshu Island, it was still winter. I took the 1-day guided tour which included  a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway, where you are presented with a sweeping overview of Hakone National Park, and a cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Ashi. Of course, the main highlight of the tour was stopping at the popular Mount Fuji 5th Station, the spot nearest to the summit where you can get a great view of the mountain. Vehicles are not permitted beyond this point but hikers are welcome to go further during open season.

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Mount Fuji was as majestic as I imagined! I think I want to experience hiking it in the summer as well and be truly walking on its soil. Now, wouldn’t that be nice? Have you seen Mount Fuji up close and personal?

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Jen is a Chicago-based traveler and a full-time Director of Development for an arts & culture organization. Originally from Connecticut, she created JetsettingJen as a place to share her travel stories and photos with friends and family. Now, it is a place for adventurers, explorers and dreamers. Its purpose is to inspire and encourage people to see the world and achieve a better work-life balance.