Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

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 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.


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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Soak in an Onsen

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Mountain Ryokan

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

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.

Talk with our experts
  • 1 740 4000644

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.

Talk with our experts
  • 1 740 4000644

Start planning your trip

Send us an enquiry

Complete our enquiry form and start your next journey.


Exceptional organisation. Absolutely nothing was left to chance and help was always a quick email away. I have no areas of complaint at all. I thought it was superb throughout.


Prompt and efficient support from Clare who suggested some activities that we wouldn't have planned but really enjoyed.


Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

More about Steppes