Fuji-san: home to ancient spirits and favored tourist destination
SINGAPORE – Long considered a sacred home to ancient spirits and a source of great power, Fuji-san, as it is known to locals, is a nearly perfectly symmetrical cone that rises gently out of the surr
SINGAPORE – Long considered a sacred home to ancient spirits and a source of great power, Fuji-san, as it is known to locals, is a nearly perfectly symmetrical cone that rises gently out of the surrounding plain. For centuries artists have been reproducing its distinctive shape in every medium imaginable, a practice that boomed when Edo – now Tokyo, and only 100 km away – was named the capital in 1600. Indeed, most people are probably familiar with the 19th-century woodblock print titled The Great Wave off Kanagawa, part of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by famed artist Katsushika Hokusai. The print shows a massive wave towering over several small boats, with Mount Fuji standing silently far in the background.
Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is helping travelers to Japan realize one of the most coveted views in the whole country with 10 hotels perfectly located to reward guests with breathtaking vistas of Mount Fuji, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June.
As one of the world’s most geologically active countries, it’s not surprising to learn that Fuji-san is actually a still-active volcano, with sixteen eruptions since 781. The most recent was in 1707, and some geologists believe that another eruption will happen sooner rather than later. The mountain is also a sacred site for followers of the Shinto religion, and visitors will spot dozens of shrines honoring Konohanasakuya, the spirit of the mountain, whose symbol is a cherry blossom. Indeed, it was its status as a sacred site that led to women being banned from walking on Mount Fuji until 1872!
Today, the mountain’s silhouette is instantly recognizable around the world, and it remains the most popular attraction in the country, with heavy crowds 52 weeks a year. Some come simply to take a few pictures while those more adventurous will make the trek to the summit, a task best attempted in summer unless you’re a professional mountaineer.
Fuji-san is often shrouded in mist, and clear, cloud-free days are valued for the views they afford. To help make the most of these days, Agoda.com has provided ten hotels that are perfectly situated to offer the best views and easiest access to Japan’s most famous natural feature.
Fuji Onsenji Yumedono Ryokan 4*
Customers say: “We highly recommend this hotel for a nice relaxing break. The private spa is awesome and dinner is amazing.” – Jamie, Malaysia
Kozantei Ubuya Ryokan 4*
Customers say: “One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at, the rooms are traditional and modern at the same time. The outdoor bath with a view of Mount Fuji is truly amazing – unforgettable!” – Khin, UK
Mizu no Hotel 3*
Customers say: “Our room was quite large with comfy futons and a big window. We could even see Mt. Fuji from the bed. There is also a good onsen and the hotel staff were very helpful.” – Arunnee, Thailand
Guesthouse Sakuya 2.5*
Customers say: “We really enjoyed our stay at Sakuya guest house. Kind and attentive hosts, flexible pick-up service and excellent information about Mt. Fuji climbing. One of our best hotels in Japan. Quiet, great food and private onsen with Mt. Fuji view.” – Manuel, Switzerland
Fujimien Hotel 3*
Customers say: “Taking the hot spring is a wonderful experience at this hotel as it allows you see the awesome view of mountains including Mt Fuji. The dinner and breakfast are delicious and sufficient. Staff are exceedingly helpful and approachable.” – Tan, Singapore
Kinokuniya Yusenkan 4*
Customers say: “This hotel has a nice ryokan feel, hot springs and fantastic meals. The bedroom was very comfy as well.” – Tong, Malaysia
Hakone Elecasa Hotel & Spa 4.5*
Hotel says: From this hotel, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Hakone Yunohana Onsen Hotel 4*
Hotel says: For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel is close to Yunohanasawa Onsen, Mt. Hakone, and Senjo Waterfall. The Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed train station is close by, and Odawara Station is 40 minutes by taxi.
Sea Grande Shimizu Station Hotel 3*
Customers say: “The hotel is only 5 minutes away from Shimizu Station. When we entered the room we were surprised to see such a huge space!” – Lydia, USA
Daisenya Hotel 3*
Hotel says: All rooms are facing Mt. Fuji, where guests can readily enjoy the beautiful views of Japan’s most famous natural landmark. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this great hotel in Izu.
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