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Epic Mount Fuji among highlights of Japan!

Sunrise was at 4:47am and I was up well before that to enjoy this mesmerizing view; supposedly, Mt. Fuji is shrouded by clouds most of the time so we were lucky

Sunrise was at 4:47am and I was up well before that to enjoy this mesmerizing view; supposedly, Mt. Fuji is shrouded by clouds most of the time so we were lucky

Mount Fuji is the highest volcano in Japan at 3,776 m (12,389 ft), 2nd-highest peak on an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak on an island in the world

Mount Fuji is the highest volcano in Japan at 3,776 m (12,389 ft), 2nd-highest peak on an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak on an island in the world

The cherry trees were still in bloom around Mount Fuji thanks to the higher elevation; the all-time record high temperature on the summit is only 64 degrees (the all-time low is -36 degrees)

The cherry trees were still in bloom around Mount Fuji thanks to the higher elevation; the all-time record high temperature on the summit is only 64 degrees (the all-time low is -36 degrees)

Hundreds of thousands climb Mount Fuji every summer and GAdventures has tours that incorporate the climb but we were too early in the season; it takes 5-7 hours for the ascent and 3-4 hours for the descent

Hundreds of thousands climb Mount Fuji every summer and GAdventures has tours that incorporate the climb but we were too early in the season; it takes 5-7 hours for the ascent and 3-4 hours for the descent

There is a Thomas the Tank Engine theme park near Mt. Fuji so our train was all decked out to promote the park; the odd thing was the people going to Mt. Fuji I saw were all adults with no kids

There is a Thomas the Tank Engine theme park near Mt. Fuji so our train was all decked out to promote the park; the odd thing was the people going to Mt. Fuji I saw were all adults with no kids

Mt Fuji is one of three spiritual mountains in Japan; the next day I could see Mt. Fuji from the observation decks of two of Tokyo's tallest buildings

Mt Fuji is one of three spiritual mountains in Japan; the next day I could see Mt. Fuji from the observation decks of two of Tokyo's tallest buildings

Some people really enjoyed Japanese food but I couldn't find much that appealed to me; I ended up getting microwave spaghetti from 7-11 most nights

Some people really enjoyed Japanese food but I couldn't find much that appealed to me; I ended up getting microwave spaghetti from 7-11 most nights

The Japanese are serious photographers with sights like this pretty common; locals would dress in traditional attire and go to a photogenic temple and conduct what I would consider a photo shoot

The Japanese are serious photographers with sights like this pretty common; locals would dress in traditional attire and go to a photogenic temple and conduct what I would consider a photo shoot

The Japanese put their trash bags under these fishing nets to keep items from blowing away or birds from getting into the bags; the garbagemen (the system is not automated) then lay the net back precisely where it was

The Japanese put their trash bags under these fishing nets to keep items from blowing away or birds from getting into the bags; the garbagemen (the system is not automated) then lay the net back precisely where it was

We walked around the lake waiting for clouds to clear from Mount Fuji; a dormant stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708, Mount Fuji is snow-capped for about 5 months a year

We walked around the lake waiting for clouds to clear from Mount Fuji; a dormant stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708, Mount Fuji is snow-capped for about 5 months a year

Posted by VagabondCowboy 04:45

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