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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Take A Helicopter Trip To Mount Fuji

Above, Mount Fuji from the International Space Station.

Thirty years ago, two friends and I took a vacation in the Four Corners region of the United States. The Four Corners being Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado.

One of the stops was the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. On one of our days there, we decided to view the Grand Canyon in three different ways. One elected to hike the canyon, the other decided to view it by helicopter and I opted instead for a view from a DeHavilland Twin Otter plane (since I prefer a fixed-wing aircraft over a helicopter).

I have say, seeing the Grand Canyon by air was a great experience. Now, visitors to Japan can enjoy a similar experience of seeing Mount Fuji by air.

According to a new article in Japan Today, tourists can view Mount Fuji by air if they purchase an accommodation package from Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. Prices for the package start at ¥775,000.

They wrote:
TOKYO —The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is offering a lavish accommodation package, Helicopter Flycation, which includes a private helicopter tour of Mount Fuji. Guests will fly aboard a Eurocopter Hermes Edition from Tokyo above the shoreline of Sagami Bay and over Lake Ashinoko to reach Mount Fuji, where they can enjoy close-up views of the mountain before turning back for a sighting of Tokyo SkyTree tower. The helicopter has calf leather seats specially made by Hermes.
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