A popular place for viewing Mt. Fuji is Tenjo-Yama Park in Fujikawaguchiko, a small city located next to Lake Kawaguchi. The Kachi Kachi Ropeway takes park visitors to the top of 1,100m tall Mt. Tenjo. On a clear day from the top of Mt. Tejno, visitors have a stunning view of Mt. Fuji, called Fuji-san by the Japanese.
I visited Tenjo-Yama Park as a day trip from nearby Fujiyoshida City, where I was staying. Fujikawaguchiko was small a city. I walked to the park from the town’s train station, a distance of less than a few kilometers. The rolling green hills surrounding the city and Lake Kawaguchi provided a pleasant setting. I was a little concerned about the weather. Gray clouds hung about, obscuring Fuji-san. In any event I was determined to enjoy the day.
Once at the park, I bought a ticket for the ropeway. I was the only Westerner there. I packed into the ropeway’s gondola with a group of Japanese. As the gondola rose up the hill, I took in the views of Lake Kawaguchi and snapped a few pictures of an adorable Japanese baby.
At the top of Mt. Tenjo there was a small wooden building which housed a gift shop and snack bar, both of which were of practically zero interest to me. I only wanted to see Fuji-san. Near a fence along the edge of the hilltop was an open area for viewing Fuji-san. The weather had improved, and only the upper portion of Fuji was cloaked in clouds. I was ready to wait things out. I had a feeling that the clouds would lift. At least, that’s what I had hoped would happen.
I decided to walk along one of the trails that followed Mt. Tejno’s forested ridge. I came across a small, outdoor Shinto prayer offering area. I took a moment to give thanks for being able to be where I was. I then made my way back towards the Fuji-san viewing area.
Except for some clouds in the middle distance, the vista was cloud free. I realized that the clouds weren’t going to disappear completely. So I took my pictures of Fuji-san. I can’t say that I was disappointed. The view was still spectacular. Also, I was able to get some nice shots of Fuji-san while staying in Fujiyoshida City.
After leaving the park, I took a boat ride on Lake Kawaguchi. The top of Fuji-san was again covered in clouds. So I enjoyed the sun shining on the lake and the fresh air of the countryside. After the boat ride I grabbed a bite to eat at a lakeside café and then made my way back to the train station.