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《Mt.Fuji》

Let's go on a trip around Mt. Fuji in late autumn. In early November, when the autumn leaves are about to end, it is about the time when snow is beginning to pile up above Mt. Fuji.
This is the shore of Lake Tanuki. A place where you can see Mt. Fuji burning in the setting sun and Mt. Fuji reflected on the surface of the lake. Even if the sun goes down, the upper part of Mt. Fuji is still in the sun. There seems to be a time lag in the timing of sunset due to the high altitude. Shadows gradually begin to rise from the foot of the mountain toward the summit, and eventually Mt. Fuji will be at night. Stars have begun to appear from behind Mt. Fuji, which can be seen almost east.
This is the last chance to drive up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. After a few days, the skyline will be completely closed and the road will be closed to snow until next spring. The 5th station is 2500 meters above sea level, and it feels like the sky. Below you can see the night view of the city at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and when you look up, the stars are shining. From here, it seems that you can also see the legendary star "Canopus" that you can live longer if you can see it.
Both "the scenery of the stars where you can see Mt. Fuji" and "the scenery of the stars from Mt. Fuji" are hard choices ... Let's go on a trip!

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Mt.Fuji and Lake



Mt.Fuji from Yamanashi

There are five lakes at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Sai, Lake Shojin, and Lake Motosu are collectively called Fuji Five Lakes, and are also registered as World Cultural Heritage. You can see Mt. Fuji from any lakeside, and each will show a different atmosphere. On calm days when the surface of the lake is not rippled, upside down Fuji can be seen. Among them, Mt. Fuji from Lake Motosu is famous for being drawn on the 1,000 yen bill. Where is the same position as this composition? Mt. Fuji is clearly visible from the road along Lake Motosu, but the same place as that in the composition is actually higher up. There is a beautiful public restroom where you can find the trail going up from near. If you do your best for about 30 minutes, you will arrive at Nakanokura Pass Observatory. Behind it is a 1,000-yen bill. By all means, I recommend that you make sure that you have a 1,000-yen bill in your wallet before climbing out.
Fuji from Lake Shojin is also well-balanced. It looks like a picture on a frame. On the left and right of Lake Shojin, ridges descend so as to surround it. Aokigahara Jukai is directly in front of the lake, Mt. Omuro in the back, and Mt. Fuji in the back.
Another great view point of Mt. Fuji is Mt.Myojin. The location on this mountain overlooking Lake Yamanaka is also very good. It is a mountain next to Mt.Mikuniyama where the prefectural borders of Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Yamanashi gather. A trekking course has been developed from Mikuni Pass on Prefectural Road 730. As you can see on the map, it seems that it is not so far and it seems that you can easily reach the top, but when you actually start climbing, this is quite steep. It is difficult to walk because there is a continuous groove that the rainwater is shaving the mountain surface. It's a bit exaggerated, but it takes a bit of pain and climbs for about 15 minutes to reach the top. At the top there is Suwa Shrine. And Mt. Fuji is can been seen in front of the shrine. It is quite powerful. Lake Yamanaka is on the lower right. Since the altitude is near 1,300 meters, the scenery can be seen looking down. The direction of Mt. Fuji is almost west. If timing and luck are good, it is also a position where Diamond Fuji and Pearl Fuji are likely to aim. As the sun goes down and darkens, the lights of cars running on the roads around Lake Yamanaka and the lights of the villa area turn on, and you can see a modest night view.



Mt.Fuji in Winter



Mt.Fuji from Shizuoka

First is Asagiri Plateau which is located on the west side of Mt. Fuji. There is grass field along National Route 139, and it is very compatible with Mt. Fuji. And looking back, there is Mt. Kenashi. If you climb here too, there seems to be a superb view point to see Mt. Fuji, but since it seems to be hard climbing, I have never climbed.
Further down south on National Route 139, you will see a sign for Lake Tanuki. Lake Tanuki is also famous for seeing upside down Fuji. The outlook is very good, and it is very beautiful that the foot of Mt.Fuji. At the sunset, the mountain that were illuminated by the Sun until the end gradually darkened with the shadows going from the foot to the summit, and you can feel that the night is approaching. Shortly afterwards, stars will appear from behind Mt. Fuji.
Fuji Skyline running across the foot of Mt. Fuji is Prefectural Road 180. The prefectural road 152 is the skyline that runs to the fifth station. Fuji Skyline on Prefectural Road 152 is free for 24 hours, except when it is closed in winter and busy during mountain climbing in summer. With the help of a car, you can climb to the fifth station at an altitude of 2500 meters easily. The night of the fifth station in early November, just before the winter closure, is often below freezing. Still, there are a few people who go up from here. Some mountain climbers may be training for full-fledged winter mountain climbing.
From the fifth station, you can clearly see the night view of the city spreading along Suruga Bay. Because of the high altitude, it feels like looking down from an airplane. A starry sky is spreading over the night view. The front is the Pacific Ocean, it is just south. You can see very low altitude stars. From here you can definitely find Canopus. The star has a Chinese legend that if you can see it, you will live longer. It was the same thing in the ancient time that it was difficult to see at low altitude. However, do you know that Canopus is the second brightest star after Sirius, and that it is used far beyond Earth? Today, the Voyager, a spacecraft that leaves the heliosphere and flies far into space, uses Canopus as an indicator of its own. They detect Canopus and the Sun's light respectively, determine the direction of the earth from the direction of the light, point the antenna, and continue to send signals to the earth even now. Even such a bright star can be seen only here as a dark red star due to the atmosphere. As you approach Okinawa's Yaeyama Islands, you will see that the altitude rises considerably and that it is a really bright star.
Looking back, the summit of Fuji can be seen diagonally above. Just above it is the Polar Star, so you know it's north. If you do your best and start climbing straight, you will feel the illusion that you can climb in an hour, but that is a reckless delusion. As you look up, you can sometimes see something shining randomly near the summit. Is that a climber's headlight or something? You can barely see that the snow has already piled up to around the 8th station even under the rising stars ... It is only a few days to see this superb view. The winter shutdown of the skyline is imminent several days later. Mt. Fuji is closed in a long and severe snowy world.