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From Tokyo: Mount Fuji 2-Day Hike with Dawn Summit Sunrise

1. From Tokyo: Mount Fuji 2-Day Hike with Dawn Summit Sunrise

Depart from Tokyo on a 2-day guided hike to the summit of Mount Fuji. Climb up the Subashiri trail with panoramic views and pass by Shinto temples. Rest for the night at the Fujisan Hotel and wake up at dawn to reach the summit and watch the sunrise. Day 1: Start your adventure with the choice of meeting at Tochomae Station or Gotenba Station. Drive through the busy streets of Tokyo out into the wilderness to reach the start of your hike on the Subashiri trail. Climb 5 kilometers on day one, from the 5th station up to Fujisan Hotel mountain hut. Take in panoramic views as you begin to ascend, reaching an observation point over the wooded lowlands and flanking mountains. Pass by a picturesque Shinto temple in the sub-alpine region, before the trail gradually turns into alpine climbing with steep inclines and red volcanic rock. Take your time over the tricky terrain and rest with your guides when required. Breathe deep breaths as you arrive at the Fujisan Hotel and relax as your head guide goes over the details to prepare you for the rest of your climb in the morning. The accommodation is modest but homely. Day 2: Wake up before the dawn and roll out of bed to make the final push up to the summit. This is the part that makes all your effort worth it as you climb up into the heavens while the sky begins to brighten. Make the last step up onto the summit and gaze in wonder at the world spreading out around you. Watch the stunning sunrise on the horizon, known as the "Buddha's Halo," among temples and gateways for the gods. Descend the mountain with a huge smile on your face, taking half the time of the climb up but still requiring significant effort. Order drinks and food to refuel when you reach the 5th station again, before boarding the bus back to Tokyo.

Gotemba: Guided Zen Temple Visit & Artisanal Craft Class

2. Gotemba: Guided Zen Temple Visit & Artisanal Craft Class

On the full-day (6 hours) tour, you will discover the best local and hidden experiences. Try local specialties in two different locations around the Gotemba area. Explore and connect with the spirit of one of Japan’s friendliest cities. For lunch, enjoy a special soba noodle dish, a variation on one of Japan’s most popular foods. Then you will visit a special zen temple, unlike anything you can see in other parts of Japan. And immerse yourself in your own zen experience. After you are fully relaxed and inspired we will visit a local brewery and winery spot and try some craft beverages. Feeling refreshed it will be time to visit a master artisan and make your own traditional and all-natural indigo-dyed souvenirs to bring back with you as a special memory from your unforgettable journey. The expert guide will share the stories of this dynamic community opening the door for you to experience local hospitality and create lasting memories. While visiting 5 delectable food stops guests can try local foods special to Gotemba City and taste some of Japan’s most famous green teas.

Gotemba: Guided Nighttime Food Tour with Drinks

3. Gotemba: Guided Nighttime Food Tour with Drinks

Spend an evening on a food and drink tour of Gotemba and immerse yourself in the local culture. Enjoy some food and drinks at some popular spots with a local. Meet your guide at the Gotemba Tourism and Welcome Center to start your tour. Enjoy an opportunity to create your own cocktail or mocktail using ingredients local to Shizuoka and Gotemba. Next, hop around between local izakaya bars and sample local specialties. Learn about the history of this town as you explore. Visit four different bars each with their own local specialties. Craft beer fans can try some local craft brews at one of the bars. Try some Japanese cuisine while familiarizing yourself with the drinking and dining culture on this nighttime food and drink tour in Gotemba.

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