15 Truly Astounding Places To Visit In Japan

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Mount Fuji

No visit to Japan can be considered complete without catching a glimpse of Mount Fuji. The iconic volcano — at 3776 metres, the country’s highest peak — can be seen from miles around, of course, but for those keen to get up close and personal, opportunities abound.

Head to the Fuji Five Lake region at the mountain’s northern foot, or lie back and relax in the hot springs at Hakone, the choice is yours. Feeling active? Mount Fuji is open for climbing during July and August and there are several routes to choose from. It might be considered active, but Fuji-san hasn’t erupted since 1707.

Prefer to see the snow-capped peaks from a distance? You can spot Mount Fuji from Tokyo and Yokohama on a clear day — visibility is better during the colder months of the year — whilst enjoying the view from a speeding Shinkansen train is an experience that’s hard to beat.