Enjoying Mount Fuji from Shimizu Port in Shizuoka, Japan

Enjoying Mount Fuji is parliament to a pilgrimage for some visitors to Japan. Most one-day guided tours bring you to the 5th Station at an elevation of 7,900 feet for spectacular views of the peak and then the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha Shrine. Hiking advocates prefer to climb. Trained athletes have accomplished it in a few hours but most people require six to ten hours or more to reach the summit and return. There are easier trails around the five surrounding lakes. All of these options are part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Or you can enjoy Mount Fuji like a local: go fishing in Suruga Bay and savor the view while waiting for something to take your bait.

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10 Hinodechō, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 424-0922, Japan

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