Mt. Fuji from Hakone

Over my birthday weekend, I took a trip to Hakone for the first time. It’s a famous hot spring destination about 1.5 hours from Tokyo by train. This photo of Mt. Fuji was taken from a ropeway in Ohwakudani.

To be honest I never really “got” why people say Mt. Fuji is such a big deal. I’ve seen it from outside a Shinkansen bullet train window but all I thought was something like “well, that’s one big mountain for sure”. But the view from Hakone made me realize the beauty of it. I’m not really a religious person but I now understand why Japanese has been regarding it as something sacred.

As you get older, your perception will change over time. But it doesn’t mean what you believed before is less important or not true.

Mt. Fuji from Hakone

95 thoughts on “Mt. Fuji from Hakone

  1. Ah–that is beautiful! I have a painting on cloth of Mt. Fuji, that my dad picked up in Japan upon returning from the Korean War. Even on this inexpensive cloth, the reverence for Mt. Fuji is quite evident!

    1. That’s cool to hear that the image of Mt. Fuji travelled and is being cherished like that. My photo is just a quick shot on my iPhone camera but the mountain must have some kind of power to capture attention from people.

    1. I’ve been to China once. I took so many photos of historical sites and sceneries. I’m pretty sure you’ll like Japan as well.

  2. Like the photo. I would add, that although you’re right, ‘what you believed before is(n’t) less important or not true’, but it also defines the perception today. I liked your point of view. I think you should develop on that, would be cool to read your further thoughts.

    1. Thanks! I just started using this blog to post a short things like this and it is helping me develop and write out my thoughts. Never thought so many people would read it but then got Freshly Pressed. I’m happy that you had a chance to stop by like this!

  3. bgreen says:

    I lived in Japan for 3 years, often visiting Yamanashi prefecture, inland from Mt. Fuji. I so completely fell in love with the mountain, I still keep images in my living and working space after nearly 20 years. Lovely photo, thank you for sharing. That the mountain ‘floats’ in the distance is exactly it!

    1. I heard Yamanashi is also very beautiful place. It’s nice to hear that you are keeping the image like that with your memory.

  4. […] Posted by danhtran Over my birthday weekend, I took a trip to Hakone for the first time. It’s a famous hot spring destination about 1.5 hours from Tokyo by train. This photo of Mt. Fuji was taken from a ropeway in Ohwakudani. To be honest I never really “got” why people say Mt. Fuji is such a big deal. I’ve seen it from outside a Shinkansen bullet train window but all I thought was something like “well, that’s one big mountain for sure”. But the view from Hakone ma … Read More […]

  5. Very nice photo. And thank you for sharing your thoughts. So, you changed point of view(physically) and your perception is changed also.

    “But it doesn’t mean what you believed before is less important or not true. ”

    Maybe, sometimes changing of perception reveals that what you believed before is not true at all…

    1. Konnichiwa! I sometimes feel like a tourist in Japan after being away 10 years, but that time away from my home country made me realize how beautiful it is. Hope you get to come visit!

  6. ALIVE aLwaYs says:

    That’s nice!
    Perception does change, hearty felicitations on your realization and wisdom.

    1. Thank you! It’s amazing to be freshly pressed. Such a great gift from WordPress.com for my birthday🙂 Glad this photo reached so many people because of it!

  7. hawaiigavin says:

    I went there with my family while I was living in Japan. Hakone is so beautiful, had an awesome little ryokan next to a stream and enjoyed every minute of it!

    1. I liked Hakone a lot too. So much to see and so many different ryokans & hot springs! We went to Gora Park and Open Air Museum. The hills made us so tired that we could not walk anymore after that though!

  8. Admin says:

    Nice picture! I was there on 2005 and can say views are awesome. Mt Fuji is really impressive and climb it priceless!!!

  9. Beautiful photo! I visited Hakone in 2005 — did a loop on trams of various sorts, and hiked the rest of the way. It’s an amazing, soul-opening sort of park and I’d love to return some day. Did you find the place where they sell “black” eggs? Are you now planning to climb Fuji-san this season?

    1. I too did the whole loop around the area (never been on so many different type of transportation in one day!), had lunch with black egg🙂 Maybe not this season but I hope to get to the mountain someday.

  10. I know why this got Freshly Pressed! It’s a really nice read, and it has deep thoughts along with a beautiful picture! It’s not just humorous, or a story. (Though those are good, too, of course.)

    1. Thank you! I’ve been blogging in Japanese for 7+ years (on another blog) but I’m starting to like this format of photo + short comment a lot. Makes me remember the fun of blogging and letting my thoughts come out.

  11. Arthur Sweeney says:

    Thanks from me also. Another thought came to me that might pertain, that is you can’t see the past as you saw it then. This plays oin the theme that your concepts, working out of your present knowledge, distort your attempt to see things as you once did. Does this make one realize that it is a futility to spend too much time worring about the right or wrong of your thoughts and actions of the past. You didn’t have the wisdom of today then. You were most likely doing the best you could at the time. Thanks, Arthur sweeney PS The mountan is a moving site, as were the Rockies when I first saw them as a child. I thought that it was a cloubank in the distance.

    1. it is a futility to spend too much time worring about the right or wrong of your thoughts and actions of the past.

      I agree. “Don’t worry too much and do your best” seems to be such a simple advice but sometimes we get caught up in fear of something that hasn’t even happened. Sometimes I am disappointed in myself for not having enough wisdom to overcome whatever I am tackling but I still try to move on and do my best.

  12. I’ve been to Japan four times and on each visit I’ve been privileged to see Fuji-San including once from the air when my husband asked the flight attendant if we would be able to see it, and she came and told us when we were close – magic . It’s a beautiful mountain and I can understand why the Japanese people revere it so much.

    1. Wow, the view from the above sounds great, especially you don’t even have to climb on it😉 I am now finally realizing the beauty and I’m so glad I posted this pic to hear from so many people who have such fond memories of Mt. Fuji and Japan.

  13. Wow yeah Mt.Fuji is one of the first things that come to my mind when i think of Japan. Cherry Blossoms comes next. I know it’s spring what do you think?

  14. thor27 says:

    Mt. Fuji snow capped volcano very picturesque. Neat blog come visit my blog on WordPress sometime.

  15. “As you get older, your perception will change over time. But it doesn’t mean what you believed before is less important or not true.”

    DOES THIS MEAN WE BECOME ‘ADJUSTED’?

    Many times I look back my childhood photos and I wish I could go back to that time when I was pure enough!

    Thanks!

    1. Yeah I’m probably being adjusted to more complex life as I get older. I may not be as pure but I like how I can appreciate more things in my life though🙂

  16. Hi Naoko – That is an amazing photo, the way the mountain rises from the cloud beyond that range of hills. It adds a real sense of scale to the scene. Japan has always been on my list of places to see but I’ve not been yet…

    1. Thank you! Japan truly is an interesting & beautiful place. I visited your travel site – you have some really nice photos of mountains. You will for sure enjoy Japan…

  17. I think most things become more valuable and sacred to us as we age for the simple fact that we know how blessed we are to be apart of this world.

  18. Beautiful!
    I know exactly what you mean with getting the hype about Mt. Fuji. I also didn’t really get it before I went to Kawaguchiko and had the most fantastic day with this mountain looking at us wherever we went.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    1. Ha! Nice to hear from someone who had the same shift in thoughts toward Mt. Fuji. I’ve only seen Kawaguchiko with photos and on TV but it seemed so peaceful.

  19. Hi I really liked your post and pic of mount fuji is awesome! ..
    I am really passionate about visiting such places but due to lot of work I can’t make it. gud stuff keep going.

  20. Nice photo. Mt. Fuji looks breathtaking. Wonder how marvelous it really looks like. I wanna visit Japan someday. A lot of people are saying it’s wonderful there. Thanks for sharing a piece of Japan!🙂

  21. I think you enjoyed yourself in this trip, so congratulation, I think when we are near of this amzing Mt. Fuji , We feel our weakness in front of it ……
    but enven if , I love this wonderful planet so much !!!!!!🙂
    thanks for this story !!!!

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