Japan dominates the list of most visited Google Street View locations in Asia – and for good reason – with Google Street view offering virtual visitors an incredible list of some of Japan’s most picturesque sites to explore.

While we are currently unable to visit Japan due to COVID-19, we can still explore the best that Japan has to offer by exploring Japan on a virtual trip using Google Street View.

Over the coming weeks, Japan Holidays will introduce you to some of the best virtual travel experiences to be had in Japan, while we dream and plan for that Japan Holiday in a post-COVID world…

This week – Mt Fuji – view of the crater from the summit

Mt. Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, is world renowned not only for its natural splendor and its spiritual significance, but also for its enduring influence on Japanese culture. The currently dormant volcano has inspired countless haiku and woodblock prints over many centuries, and around the world, its perfect conical shape has become one of Japan’s most iconic symbols.

Enjoy a climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji with Google Street View, and then stroll along the circular trail around the crater, the “Ohachi Meguri” .

The Mount Fuji climbing season is from 1 July to 14 September. It’s possible to take a direct bus from Shinjuku to the Fifth Station on the shoulder of Mount Fuji and climb it from there. While its possible to climb the mountain in one day its generally better to spend a night on the mountain – or just climb through the night – to arrive at the summit in time to view a sunrise from Mt Fuji.

It takes on average between 5 and 7 hours to climb Mount Fuji from the Subaru Fifth Station to the summit via the Yoshida Trail and another three to five hours to descend.

Experience the journey

Video – Trek Mt. Fuji with Google Maps