3 hikes with great views of Mt. Fuji

26 Dec 2018 in On The Move

Conquer the summit, then snap the pic!

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For many, climbing Mt. Fuji is the ultimate mountain challenge. But, get to the top, and your view is distinctly Fuji-less!

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Here are some alternative peaks that offer photo-friendly views of Japan’s iconic mountain!

Mt. Kintoki

This short, steep hike is 5 miles there-and-back from Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara.

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It’s possible to make it a round trip by returning via Kintoki Shrine. At the top, you’ll enjoy sublime views of volcanic fumes rising above the Owakudani valley, the vast expanse of Lake Ashi and, of course, the iconic, conical form of Mt. Fuji.

Kintoki-mountain

Kintoki-mount

The trails are open all year round.

Lake Kawaguchi

The view of Fuji is spectacular enough from HOSHINOYA Fuji.

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But if you fancy a higher vantage point, there’s plenty of potential. From the resort, you can head up a forest path with endless switchbacks to the Shindou Pass, which has stunning views of Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.

Or take the ropeway from town for an easy hike up to Mt. Mitsutoge.

Mitsutoge

At 1786m, it offers 360° vistas with Fuji dominating the south-west and Tokyo and the southern Alps visible on a clear day.

Mt. Akadake

At almost 3000m, this peak makes for a tough hike – but the sight from the top of the sun rising over Fuji makes it all worthwhile!

Akadake-mount

Akadake

Most walkers stay in a mountain hut below the summit to catch the morning sun, although it’s possible to do the trip in a day from the Minoto trailhead if you’re up for 1400m of climbing.

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is just an hour away by car.

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