Hakone & Mount Fuji
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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.
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.