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Chureito Pagoda, Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji and Hakone

Home to the iconic sight of Mount Fuji.

Most famous for Japan’s most sacred mountain Mount Fuji, this region is also beautifully scenic, dotted with hot springs and high-end Ryokans (traditional Japanese Inn’s). If you are looking to relax and indulge, a few days in this area could be just the ticket.

Autumnal foliage with lake and misty snow capped mount fuji beyond.
Mount Fuji in Autumn

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is 3,776 metres high, a now dormant volcano which last erupted in 1708 and is the highest peak in Japan. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshipped as a sacred mountain and inspired many. Mount Fuji is notoriously elusive with visibility of the mountain often better during the colder months. It is officially open for climbing during July and August using several different routes.

Private onsen in a ryokan in the Japanese Alps with a woodland garden beyond.
Onsen in a ryokan

Hakone

Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and is famous for its natural beauty, views of nearby Mount Fuji and hot springs or onsen as they are known locally.

The area is very scenic, with lakes including Lake Ashi, wooded hills and the Owakudani valley. Situated around a crater, created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone over 3,000 years ago, sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced on a walk around the area.

Experiences

Below are a selection of experiences you could consider including during your stay around Mount Fuji and Hakone.

Glamping with Fuji Views

Glamp among woodland with fabulous views of Mount Fuji – experience this notoriously shy mountain away from the crowds with walking and riding on the doorstep.

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Soak in an Onsen

Partake in a national pastime and relax in an onsen, a Japanese hot spring bath.

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Hakone Open Air Museum

Soak your feet at the open air sculpture museum before viewing Picasso artworks among others, with Mount Fuji as a backdrop.

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Mountain Ryokan

Stay in a mountainside ryokan; a traditional Japanese Inn, with your own private onsen and woodland views.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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