Japan for thrill seekers: Fuji-Q Highland

If Tokyo Disneyland or Universal Studios Japan is too tame and boring for your tastes, just 1.5h away from Tokyo is the cure for your thrill-seeking addiction: Fuji-Q Highland. Named after the mountain that sits in the backdrop of the theme park on a clear day, Fuji-Q is well known amongst adrenaline junkies for its…

Mt. Fuji through the eyes of a photographer

You can see in the photo above, the beauty of one of the tallest mountains in the world, Mt. Fuji. It is located on Honshu Island between Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture. The photo above was taken at Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture last May 29, 2015 during the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Mt. Fuji Author’s photo…

“Fuji-san” the sacred mountain

The meaning behind the name Most of you have already heard of Mount Fuji (or Fuji-san in Japanese), as the highest volcano in the country, and a huge tourist attraction, present on almost every brochure about Japan, on greeting cards, and websites, posters, calendars, and any other surface it can be printed on. But what…

Oshino Hakkai Ponds, the 8 Wonders Around Mt. Fuji

Oshino Hakkai are the eight ponds formed by the melted snow of Mount Fuji, located in between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako. Listed as one of the Mount Fuji constitution assets, and it is said that people used the water to purify themselves as a part of Mount Fuji pilgrimage. The story has been told…

Fuji Shibazakura Festival, the best place to see Mt Fuji in spring!

If you want to visit the symbol of Japan: Mount Fuji, you should definitely visit Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Shibazakura, which roughly translates to “grass cherry blossoms” can be found to be in full bloom at the base of Mount Fuji during April and May. Shibazakura Festival The festival starts mid-April and continues every day from…

Fuji Five Lakes–great sightseeing area at the base of Mt. Fuji

The Fuji Five Lakes region is accessible by bus and train from Tokyo station and Shinjuku station so is perfect for either a day trip or, I recommend, a short stay outside of the city. The five lakes of this area are Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko. The five lakes surrounding the North of…

Chureito Pagoda and Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji is arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic aspects of Japanese scenery, representing both the beauty of its landscape and spiritual ideology. For centuries Mount Fuji has been admired by the Japanese and worshipped in both Shintoism and Buddhism and has been the subject of many famous artworks especially from Ando Hiroshige…

Fuji-Q Highland’s Terrifying Haunted House Will Chill Your Spine!

Have you ever visited a haunted house or haunted hospital attraction at a theme park? Usually, you only need to spend about 15 minutes inside one of these haunted attractions to test your nerves and maybe experience a couple of jump scares. However, there is a two-storey building in Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park that is…

The various expressions of Japan’s most beautiful mountain, Mt, Fuji

Mt. Fuji, symbol of Japan, was listed as a World Heritage Site in June 2013. With its various expressions, differing with each of the four seasons or varying according to viewpoint, this mountain is the most loved by Japanese people. Due to its beautiful form, Mt. Fuji has been revered as an object of faith…