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8 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 when 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