Mount Fuji over the Lake in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan

I had the freedom of the JR pass so after Tokyo I decided to head to a city at the base of Mt. Fuji to get a view of the mountain. There was a mountain train that took me through the mountains in the middle of Japan and right to Fujikawaguchiko which is a town surrounding a giant lake on the north side of Mt. Fuji. I picked this city for an unobstructed view of the mountain over the lake.

I was treated to this sweet view of the mountain right at the train station.

After checking into my hostel, I decided to go over to the local convenience store to get some groceries. It was amazing how the mountain towered over every part of the city.

Before the sunset I took a walk to the lake shore and found a nice little spot where I could sit right on the edge of the lake and watch the sunset over the mountain. It was one of the most peaceful places I've ever been. There was nobody around, just the sky, the water, and the mountain in front of me.

I went back to the lake the next day to walk around and take in the sweeping views of the lake and the mountain during the day. The streets were largely empty as it was the off season, which made everything feel even more serene.

Bought this cat coin purse in Tokyo since coins are used a lot here in Japan. Felt like modeling it against the mountain.

A real cat walking around the streets by the lake.

The manhole covers around the city were very intricately decorated and looked like little works of art on the ground.

The local grocery store near my hostel where I got food and groceries for my time here. I tried to cook whenever I could to save money, especially in an expensive country like Japan. Again, everything in the city is humbled by the giant stratovolcano.

I stayed at a hostel called K's House Mt. Fuji. It was quiet, relaxing, warm, and had a nice kitchen. Everything I needed.

Left a few days afterwards on a cloudy morning. I vividly remember walking through the streets that morning looking up at Mt. Fuji against the overcast sky listening to Josh Groban's 'You Lift Me Up'. Now when I listen to that song, I instantly picture myself here.

I was in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan between January 10st - January 12th, 2019. Afterwards I pivoted to Takayama in the middle of Japan. Originally I was going to go to Kyoto but for some reason I decided as I was leaving the hostel, to go to a place I had never heard of instead.