This morning, we will visit the iconic Mount Fuji – Japan's highest and most prominent mountain. Mount Fuji is divided into ten stations, the first station at the foot of the mountain and the tenth station being the summit. Paved roads go as far as the fifth station, around 1,400-2,400 meters above sea level. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the Fuji Visitor Centre. An information desk on the first floor provides details about climbing and weather conditions, as well as about tourist attractions around the mountain. On the second floor there is a restaurant and an observation deck with views onto Mount Fuji.
Lake Ashi is one of the principle attractions of the Hakone area. Created by volcanic activity, it lies at approximately 2,380 feet above sea level. We will board a leisurely boat cruise on the picturesque lake, framed by the majestic mountain landscape. For those who are not afraid of heights, we will also visit Mt. Komagatake – a 1,637 meter volcano mountain rising above Lake Tazawa's eastern edge. Hop on the aerial cableway for a journey up and down Mt. Komagatake, providing you with a sweeping view of celebrated Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji.
This afternoon, we'll also visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, home to hundreds of modern and contemporary art masterpieces. Sculptures from the likes of Rodin, Moore and other masters are scattered throughout the sprawling 17-acre compound. Additionally, there are four indoor exhibition halls, including the Picasso Pavilion, which houses over 300 of his creations. Late afternoon, we will return to the ryokan, where dinner will be served.
Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Fuji Lake Hotel, Lake Yamanaka