Elusive Mount Fuji

It’s hard to believe the highest mountain peak in Japan (12,389 ft.) could be totally obscured by fog and clouds from nearby Lake Ashi when, on a clear day, the majestic mountain is visible from distant Tokyo some 60 miles away.

It was very cold and windy the day I visited Lake Ashi,

a lake known for its dazzling views of Mt. Fuji. In fact, we were scheduled to take a boat tour around the lake and view the mountain, but the trip was cancelled due to the inclement weather causing extremely choppy waves over the lake.

Choppy Lake Ashi

Choppy Lake Ashi

We even dared to ride the nearby Hakone Ropeway aerial tram on this very windy day with hopes of catching a glimpse of Mt. Fuji which is normally visible at points along the ride. We braved the very scary ride in the rain, swaying back and forth in a wind-tossed tram car rolling on an overhead cable far above the mountainous landscape below. It’s as if giant Mt. Fuji simply chose not to be visible.

Foggy Ropeway ride

Foggy Ropeway ride

Needless to say, we were disappointed that our daring adventure was not rewarded with a view of Mt. Fuji. However, we were happy to get the scary ride over with, and disembarked the Ropeway tram and continued to the gift shop. Since this would probably be my only chance ever to glimpse Mt. Fuji, I realized my visual experience would have to depend on photographs.  Therefore, I bought a series of postcards depicting its well-recognized symmetrical and snow-capped cone surrounded by gorgeous, mountainous countryside or set as the majestic backdrop of beautiful Lake Ashi. Upon returning home from my trip, I framed my three favorite postcards and hung them on the office wall.  Now I can view Mt. Fuji at any time while reminiscing about that cold, windy, adventurous day swinging over the terrain surrounding elusive Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji is a well-known symbol of Japan and one of Japan’s three holy mountains.  Although it is a popular tourist stop, there are many tales of the mountain being notorious for hiding in the shadows of bad weather. So, consider yourself fortunate if you get to see beautiful Mt. Fuji on the day you visit the area on your trek to see the mysterious mountain.

aerial viw

aerial viw

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