Mt. Fuji is one of the most iconic volcanoes in the world, frequently depicted with its white tip shrouded by clouds of gray. With its public climbing season not open until July 1st though, my uncle offered to drive around the volcano and then up it as well. Since it was a rainy day and I was still recovering from jet lag, driving ended up being a good move.
The area around Mt.Fuji is incredibly peaceful. The lush green forest surrounds you as you drive through, and the water flowing through the creek is so clear. I didn't think there was much to the area besides climbing the mountain itself, so I was pleasantly surprised throughout our drive.
We caught our first glimpse of Mt. Fuji in the afternoon, after it had stopped raining and the clouds started to clear. The weather was all over the place that particular day; while in the morning all my pictures were super gray and foggy, the picture below shows a sunny and warm adventure.
We then drove up to the 2000 meter point of Mt.Fuji, where I started feeling a bit of altitude sickness. There was a small shop at the start of the trail where a senior Japanese woman gave us kombucha tea, helping to easy my nausea a little. Despite my body's reactions, I fully anticipate that I will be back again someday and actually climb Mt. Fuji. I'll be sure to have read up on altitude sickness before I embark on the next 1500 meters up to the top!