Getting to Mount Fuji isn’t easy on your own from Tokyo, unless you want to hire a car. Even then it’s a few hours drive. On the recommendation of friends, we took the easy option: an organized bus tour.

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It was the first time since I was a teenager that I’d taken an organised tour anywhere, having been used to finding my own way when traveling for the last few years, and it was a little bit of a shock to the system at first. Especially as the coach got caught in heavy traffic just outside of Tokyo, leading to us run about an hour behind schedule. As a result we were often given literally only a few minutes at some stops, just enough time to run out into the freezing cold mountain air and fire off a few pictures. But our English speaking guide was quite cool and informative, and the (regrettably brief) boat and cable-car trips were definite highlights. And, of course, Fuji was breathtaking, with the weather luckily perfect for viewing it. Check the link below for some shots.