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    Mount Komagake Views 2

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    more views around the top of Mount komagatake area. Hakone Shrine stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and two others over the main street of Moto-Hakone. A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the forest to the main building of the shrine, which sits peacefully among the tall trees. The shrine is beautiful throughout the year, and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.

    A second shrine, Hakone Shrine Motomiya ("original shrine") stands at the summit of Komagatake, one of Mount Hakone's multiple peaks. It is accessible by the Komagatake Ropeway from Hakone-en and besides the view of Mount Fuji and lake ashi from here at the Summit of Mount Komagatake, this Shinto shrine is a popular destination at the summit too!

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    Mount Komagatake Views 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the views around the top of mount komagatake area taken after a ride going to the top via the mount komagatake ropeway. From the observation tower on the mountain near the mount komagatake ropeway station, those making the long walk can see Ashi-no-ko (Lake Ashi), Hakone-gairin-zan (Hakone Outer Rims), Mt. Fuji (weather permitting since the top of mount komagatake is usually foggy!) and Suruga Bay in the distance. From the summit there is a hiking course leading to Mt. Kamiyama which stands proudly to the north before continuing on towards Mt. Soun if you have time to go on a trek.

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    Views Going to 5th Station Mount Fuji

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the views from the bus. the drive to the popular fifth station of Mount Fuji at Kawaguchi at an elevation of 8,200 feet above sea level is about 30 minutes. Since our fuji day tour was in early autumn, snow will be no problem. Mount Fuji's trails and roadsare named into 10 stations, depending on the elevation and the farthest a car or bus can go is on the various fifth stations since the 6th to 10th stations are for mountain climbers only going to the peak of mount fuji. The road to Kawaguchi 5th station is lined with large granite boulders and walls and spectacular hairpin road curves and different green scenery like the birch trees. Areas nearing the fifth station you will see the fuji five lakes region too.

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    Views Around the Mount Fuji Area

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the 2 hour drive to mount fuji with assorted views via a bus on a mount fuji day trip tour. The Drive to Mt Fuji area via Chuo-express highway. It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo area and along the way there are various wonderful sceneries that you would enjoy like seeing the scenic japanese countryside and the traditonal japanese houses as compared to the condominiums of tokyo. You would also see various mountaijn tunnels bored into the expressway and the fujiyama amusement park near mount fuji, home to the 2nd tallest roller coster in the world and finally to a stop at Mt Fuji visitor center (you can see how Mt Fuji was created and about the history of Mt Fuji area) and the last stop is at one of the fifth stations atop mount fuji.

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    Lake Ashi View 2

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    more views of the panoramic and beautiful lake ashi area of which the front picture is the Hakone Jinja Shrine, nestled on the south shore of the lake, close to Moto-Hakone, the Hakone jinja Shrine s a picturesque Shinto shrine with torii gates in water and is the most photographed area of Lake Ashi besides the view of Mount fuji. It is better just to get a mount fuji day tour from tokyo so as you don't need to have the inconvenience of being lost in going there, the mount fuji day tours either go to owakudani or mount komagatake but never to both areas so choose on what fuji day trip you will do. a mount fuji day trip including lake ashi and mount komagatake or owakudani costs about 15,000 yen.

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    Lake Ashi View 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    Views around the lake ashi area, Lake Ashi is famous lake in the hakone area. Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone. Two companies, Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats, operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the lake's southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the northern shores. A boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes roughly 30 minutes and costs 970 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Boats but not on boats operated by Izuhakone. you can also view mount fuji from the two ropeways in it, the Hakone Ropeway to The Great Boiling Valley (owakudani) and the mount komagatake Ropeway to Mount Komagatake.

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    Mount Komagatake Ropeway Views 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    the views going up the mount komagatake ropeway. from the Lake Ashi lakeside, you can see panoramic vistas of around hakone area and lake ashi and if the weather is not cloudy, then you can view Mount Fuji at the distance while slowly ascending the 5,300 foot Mount Komagatake via this aerial tram. Hakone Komagatake Ropeway provides a scenic view of Hakone and nearby surroundings. The Hakone Komagatake Ropeway runs from the edge of Lake Ashi at Hakone-en to the summit of Mt Komagatake and back. the average trip is about 7 minutes long each trip.

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    Views Around 5th Station Mount Fuji 3

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    another set of panoramic pictures of the fith station of mount fuji of Kawaguchi and man the views of the clouds covering the fuji five lakes region is simply wonderful! Again, the highest fifth station is located at Fujinomiya, followed by Kawaguchi, Subashiri, and Gotemba. Even though Kawaguchi is only the second highest fifth stations, the Kawaguchiko route (where we were) is the most popular route because of its large parking area and many large mountain huts where a climber can rest or stay. During the summer season, most Mount Fuji climbing tour buses arrive there. The next popular is the Fujinomiya route which has the highest fifth station, followed by Subashiri and Gotemba.

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    Views Around 5th Station Mount Fuji 1

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    assorted pictures around one of the 5th stations of mount fuji and this fifth station in the Kawaguchiko Fifth Station. The atmosphere around the Kawaguchiko fifth station is great, even if the air is thin and rainy! It's noticably way cooler than it is at the base of the mountain as the weather was 10 degree Celsius (dang I forgot my jacket in the hotel) and the winds are really strong. Here at the fifth station there's an interesting mix of "gaijin" (foreigner) tourists like us and japanese local and some local mountain hikers. You can actually buy containers of oxygen for the hike up to the summit (no thanks, I'm not a mountain climber). There are a few restaurants and many tourist shops here.

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    Views Around 5th Station Mount Fuji 2

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 11, 2009

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    more spectacular views around the 5th station of mount fuji. there are basically four 5th stations in the mount fuji area and this fifth station popular with tourist is the kawaguchiko 5th station. Kawaguchiko, Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya are the four 5th stations and have varying heights, The highest fifth station is located at Fujinomiya, followed by Kawaguchi, Subashiri, and Gotemba. Even though it is only the second highest fifth stations, the Kawaguchiko route (where we were) is the most popular route because of its large parking area and many large mountain huts where a climber can rest or stay. During the summer season, most Mount Fuji climbing tour buses arrive there. The next popular is the Fujinomiya route which has the highest fifth station, followed by Subashiri and Gotemba.

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    Walk on the Slopes of Mt. Fuji

    by AKtravelers Updated Oct 16, 2009
    Janet and me on the north slope of Mt. Fuji
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    Of course, you go to the mountain to walk on the mountain. Officially, the Mt. Fuji climbing season is from July through August -- that's when you can go to the top, stop at the huts along the way, get your walking staff stamped and everything else. Our first visit to Mt. Fuji occurred in mid-October, long after all of that was done for the year. However, the weather was startlingly beautiful, the air was fresh and there were plenty of people enjoying what remained of the climbing path below the snow line. It's actually possible to get in an invigorating walk on the mountain even this late in the year. We walked up quite a bit, though others walked further.
    ....The soil is rough lava and although the trail is semi-paved with stair like structures, you should still wear appropriate footwear.

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    Stroll theShore of Kawaguchi

    by AKtravelers Written Oct 14, 2009

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    Fuji as seen through the wetland reeds

    Lake Kawaguchi, north of Mt, Fuji, has walking paths all along the north shore so that you can view Mt. Fuji as reflected in the lake -- though the lake is often too rough for reflections. Still, this is a relaxing escapade, as some of the areas are well manicured with flowers and colorful plants. The path is paved or raised boardwalk, allowing you to stroll rather han hike, though accesses to the lake shore can be found at numerous places.

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    Yurari Onsen: Soaking with a View of Fuji

    by AKtravelers Written Oct 14, 2009
    Turning lobster red in our private bath

    After a day of exploring the Mt. Fuji area, we decided to relax by experiencing one of Japan's many onsen, or public hot baths. While Janet had been to a bath in Kyoto, this was my first time. At the Fuji visitor center we were given a discount coupon for Yurari Onsen, so we decided to go there, persisting even after several wrong turns and a visit to a country-music cowboy bar/cafe with American flag placemats. When we finally got there, we found the onsen to be so busy that cars could only park after one left. People were streaming in from the rest area parking lot a half mile away/ This place is popular!
    .... We chose this place because it had facilities for couples to bathe together, so in this case I didn't get the full onsen experience. However, after our 45 minute soak, I walked through the male lockerroom to check things out. After passing through the showers (mandatory BEFORE getting in the pools) one walked outside and took a spiral staircase down to several outdoor pools, steaming in the cool autumn evening. Mt. Fuji looked down on all the bathers, as they nakedly moved from pool to pool. Janet reported a similar scene on the woman's side. Both sections were crowded with people from childhood to senior citizens. This was obviously a place to be.
    .... Afterwards, we could have eaten in the onsen rstaurant or meditated on the onsen tatami mats, but I was so overheated I just had to cool off in the chilly air. Neither of us needed a jacket as we walked towards are car. warmed internally by our time in the onsen.

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    Hiking Fuji in Spring

    by pendraghon Written May 31, 2008
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    Hiking Mt Fuji in the spring is the easiest time as most of the snow has melted and the weather is great. The trees and flowers are in full bloom and the views of the valley below are amazing. And don't forget to purchase your hiking stick to have stamped (burned) with each level you pass on the way up the monutain. It is an easy enough hike for those not used to hiking but the view is so spectacular, that regular hikers won't be disappointed. There are also more difficult paths for the serious hikers.

    I have included a photo I took from our plane at 35,000 feet.

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    Mount Fuji

    by y_lyn Updated Dec 15, 2007

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    Mount Fuji (Fujisan) is Japan's highest mountain, height 3776m. It is worshipped as a sacred mountain by the locals. During our time there, we were unable to get to the mountain, not even the 5th station. There is no bus service to the mountain, probably because of the weather. Thus, we only enjoyed the view of Mount Fuji from Lake Karaguchi.

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