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Mike's Japan

Daytrip to Mt Fuji
Mount Fuji is to the west of Tokyo and visible from the nation's capital on a clear
day. It is Japan's highest mountain at 3,776 m (12,385 ft) and is snow-capped
throughout the year.
Fuji is one of those rare volcanoes which looks like a volcano whe n seen from any
angle. It is one of the world's most famous volcanos and one of the most beautiful.
To see it close up, get on a train to Fuji Yoshida. The town is an ancient pilgrimage
centre for the mountain. It is a bit rundown following the collapse of the Japanese
textile industry when factories relocated to cheap-labour countries. But, the old shrines
and viewing spots are still there.
If you want to go up the mountain, get back on the train and continue to the next
stop. There's a gigantic amusement park there and you can't miss it. Buses leave
from outside the station and drive through the forested area at the base of the
mountain to the start of the cinder cone. There’s a visitors centre where you can have
a coffee and learn how the volcano works. You can also press on further up the
Guides with ponies will take you part way. You can also join the hardy types who
trudge to the very top. You will, of course, have to come fully prepared with the
necessary climbing gear if you want to do that.