Miho-no-matsubara and God's Road
One of Japan's three major pine groves (Miho-no-matsubara, Niji-no-matsubara [Saga prefecture], Kehi-no-matsubara [Fukui prefecture]) , it is also part of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage site entitled "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration." Miho-no-matsubara's trees run for approximately 500 m along "God's Road," which connects Miho Shrine and the Hagoromo pine tree. Strolling along its boardwalk, one is enveloped in a sublime atmosphere. Miho Shrine is also famous for its spring cherry blossoms, and popular as a spiritual spot that creates harmony in marriage and new relationships.
The small minibus wound its way up the side of the mountain, I looked around at the winter trees sticking out in prickly leafless thickets with the occasional smattering of long thin pines. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, and I was on my way to the Hotel Mt. Fuji. Sitting up high at 1,100 meters, as the name would suggest, the hotel offers some of the finest views of the majestic old mountain that any in Japan can offer. Situated on the shores of Lake Yamanakako, one of Mount Fuji's 5 lakes, this hotel provides the perfect retreat for those looking to take in some real nature while visiting Japan.
It goes without saying that seeing Mt. Fuji at least once is a must. You can visit the iconic (and volcanic) peak on tours or even climb it overnight to watch the sunrise from the top, but one of the most popular ways to enjoy Mt. Fuji is gazing at it from afar, particularly from a relaxing hot spring in the Fuji Five Lakes area for example. Below, find our top recommendations for hot spring-equipped inns and hotels that are ideal for taking in Mt. Fuji's splendor, listed in order of ratings given by JAPANiCAN.com customers.
Have you ever taken in a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji from 79 meters in the air before rocketing towards the ground at some 130 km/h? No? Then you have apparently not paid a visit to one of Japan's most popular amusement parks, Fuji-Q Highland. From classic coaster like Fujiyama to mind-blowing 4th Dimension contraption Eejanaika, Fuji-Q is home to a number of once record-breaking thrill rides, and its newest addition, Takabisha, is the current Guinness champ for steepest steel roller coaster. With a large number of other types of attractions from kid-friendly Thomas Land to a terrifying haunted hospital, Fuji-Q Highland is indeed fun for the whole family. On top of all this, the park is located very close to the base of Mt. Fuji, making visits to Fuji-Q a decidedly unique experience.
Now, Fuji-Q Highland's official hotel Highland Resort Hotel & Spa is currently offering a special rate to JAPANiCAN.com customers, so continue below to learn more about the hotel, and don't miss your chance to take advantage of this great deal!