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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park covers 1,227 square kilometres, so it’s going to be very hard to see the whole or even most of it.
Sometimes when travelling you can be lucky enough to witness a little bit of history happening.
Rising through the fog you might be forgiven for thinking Mount Hakone has fallen back upon its volcanic past. But this Japanese giant hasn’t erupted in 3,000 years.
With 2013 already becoming a distant memory, it seems an appropriate time to cast an eye over the travels Michelle and I undertook last year.
Opened in 1963, the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway is famous for its dazzling views over Mount Fuji, Ashinoko Lake, the mountains of Izu Peninsula and Izu islands.
What a day to visit Mount Fuji. Today, it was decided that the 3,776 metre (12,460 feet) mountain would almost certainly become a Unesco World Heritage site.