Ever seen that strange giant envelope on the mountain as you drive on the highway toward Mount Fuji from Tokyo? Ever wonder what it is? It’s a love letter, to you, from a little town called Fujino.
An unlikely tourist destination
When it comes to tourism, Fujino lives very much in the shadow of nearby Mount Takao. Takao, around an hour outside of Tokyo, is a beloved spot for Japanese, expats and tourists alike to soak up some of Japan’s rustic, charm. I’m told more people (roughly 2.6 million) climb Takao than any other mountain in the world each year. And that makes perfect sense—there’s some serious cultural heritage, it’s an easy climb, and the views can be spectacular.
That’s why there are already so many great
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