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Mount Fuji

Located little over an hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen, this province is an ideal day trip and is an excellent spot from which to view Mount Fuji. Light rail, cable car, boat and buses allow you to circle the province quiet easily. They run frequently and you can get on and off as you like once you purchase a one or two day pass. I have to say, I felt that even if I did miss that last bus back to the guesthouse at night, that somehow, someone would help out to make sure I got back ok.

I stayed in a Ryokan - a traditional Japanese accommodation, where you essentially slept on the floor. The guesthouse had their own Onsen. These mineral hot-spring baths are common across Japan and can be piped as far as 10 kilometers from volcanic hot springs. I visited one such source of volcanic springs at Owakudani.

Owadkudani - still emitting hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide gas...
This was a site of volcanic activity in the past and still discharges hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. The smell was absolutely putrid but it attracts massive crowds as it is an excellent vantage point from which to view Mount Fuji. In fact, the cable car (ropeway) that runs to Owakudani is in the Guinness Book of Records as the busiest Ropeway in the world.

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3776m. When its symmetrical cone is covered in snow, its picture perfect and is a well know symbol of Japan. I was lucky the day of my visit - we had a clear sky and near perfect viewing conditions. This is rare and Mount Fuji is often covered by clouds for days on end.

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Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
Owadkudani - still emitting hydrog…
Owadkudani - still emitting hydro…
Traditional style, Ryokan accomoda…
Traditional style, Ryokan accomod…
Ropeway to Owadkudani Volcanic Area
Ropeway to Owadkudani Volcanic Area
View from Ropeway
View from Ropeway
Owakudani
Owakudani
Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
In spite of the putrid smell, peop…
In spite of the putrid smell, peo…
How did that picture turn out...?
How did that picture turn out...?
People come from all over Japan to…
People come from all over Japan t…
Cruising on Lake Ashi
Cruising on Lake Ashi
A Keen Japanese Photography Enthus…
A Keen Japanese Photography Enthu…
Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi
Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi
Odawara Train Station
Odawara Train Station
View from Cable Car
View from Cable Car
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