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Mt Fuji & Tokyo | March 29, 2023 - April 1, 2023


The Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre in Fujinomiya showed me the history I had just learned about concerning the infamous Mount Fuji. The group was hopeful that the day would allow us to see the top of Mount Fuji, but unfortunately, a collection of thick clouds wouldn't clear away. Just seeing the base of the mountain, its width was incomprehensible.

Fujisan Sengen Taisha Shrine was a peaceful shrine filled with cherry blossoms just a few blocks down from the World Heritage Centre. Alongside the shrine, a stream from Mount Fuji rushes through, connecting to a small faucet where visitors can collect fresh spring water from Fuji. It was here that I understood the deep love and spirituality attached to Mount Fuji. I hope in the future to return and make the climb to the top of the mountain.


Shinjuku Gyoen, one of Tokyo's most extensive gardens, was bustling with hundreds of visitors. I strolled through the meandering forest and admired the blooming Sakura during our time here. I'm so glad we arrived in Japan when we did because it was prime time to witness the cherry blossoms in their full glory. Shinjuku Gyoen was a perfect location in Tokyo to see a mass gathering of people appreciating their beauty. It really warmed my heart to see such a love for a plant.

Meiji Jingū and the walk leading to it through Yoyogi Park created such a removed experience from the big city. The trees towered over the gravel walkway, and a slight breeze just completed the full-body sensory experience I was having walking here. Just a walk through this area in Tokyo provides a much-needed separation from the bustling streets.

Tokyo Sky Tree, at 634 meters tall, is the tallest tower in the world. The expansiveness of Tokyo hit full force during this experience. With 360 panoramic views from the top of the Sky Tree, you could see every little inch of the city, with mountains off in the distance and the ocean appearing much closer.


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