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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Train To See Mount Fuji

Finally, after several trips to Japan and riding the shinkansen down to Osaka or Fukuoka, I finally got to get a good view of Mount Fuji last October.

Above, Mount Fuji as seen from the shinkansen. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During previous trips, the mountain was obscured by cloud cover. Mount Fuji is often called a "shy mountain" due to this.

Now, there's another way to see the mountain. A new train.

According to Japan Today:
TOKYO —When visitors to Japan travel between Tokyo and Osaka by shinkansen, a clear day will grant passengers a glorious view of Mount Fuji. It’s a sight that disappears all too quickly, though, given the speed the streamlined bullet train zips through the landscape. A much more enjoyable way to gaze upon Japan’s most sacred mountain is on the Fujikyuko Line, which runs from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchi-ko, located in the famous Mount Fuji Five Lakes region. 
From Shinjuku Station, it’s an easy transfer to the Fujikyuko Line at Otsuki Station. Those wanting to climb to the summit of Mount Fuji often board this train to connect with the bus to the fifth Station, which is located 2,305 metres above sea level. 
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of operations, the Fujikyuko railway company will be replacing one of its current trains, the 2000 Series Fujisan Express, with a new, refurbished three-car model that features a warm-looking interior with wood panelling throughout, including the trays and armrests.
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