Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Two years ago I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful country of Japan. Now Japan is not known for its National Parks. In fact if you are strictly after nature there are better countries to visit throughout Asia. Having said that, there is plenty of great National Parks to see in this wonderful country. My favorite is Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Mt Fuji

Firstly Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is the closest park to Tokyo. In fact, from some locations within Tokyo you can actually see the parks main attraction Mt Fuji on a clear day. This makes it the countries most accessible.  There are plenty of tours available either from the surrounding towns, or on day trips from Tokyo. My suggestion is to spend at least two or three days there. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from ranging from roughing it to 5 stars. I also suggest trying to go during the week, as a lot of locals use this place as a weekend getaway.

At the heart of the park is the beautiful heritage listed Mt Fuji. Mt Fuji is actually an active volcano that last erupted in 1708. It is one of Japan’s Three Holy Mountains alongside Mount Tate and Mount Haku. The mountain is snow capped for the majority of the year, but if you want that great photo, it will definitely be better in the colder months.

While Mt Fuji is the main highlight, there is plenty of other things to see. Lake Ashi is one of of those. The lake is a crater that last erupted less than 1,000 years ago. On a fine day it will also give you one of your best photos – Mount Fuji against a blue sky with a water reflection (see photo above).

While visiting the park we had a tour guide who was speaking in Japanese. I love the Japanese Language and while I’m not fluent in it, I’m also not completely lost when people are speaking it. Hearing about the park in their native language was a wonderful experience.

Around the park you will also find what seem like endless hot springs. Hot springs are caused by the warming of spring water by the volcanic activity under the ground surface. Enjoy the hot bath!

I also suggest taking the cable car up the mountain for magical views with Hakone Ropeway. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s a video on this wonderful National Park. Please enjoy…

If Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, a couple of the other National Parks I liked were Ise-Shima National Park and Daisetsuzan National Park.