It’s been a while since most of us have been on a flight, but with a surge of Go To Travel deals and tempting package discounts, it's no wonder that domestic tourism is now booming. Some transport companies have simply made pre-existing travel packages cheaper, whereas others have invented totally new tours this season for those yearning for some adventure. Fuji Dream Airlines is among the latter, by designing an unusual tour where people can board a flight solely to view Mt Fuji from the sky.
The airline’s offer comes at just the right time, as all facilities on the famous volcano remained closed for the summer as a preventative measure against the coronavirus pandemic. This meant people were unable to climb the sacred mountain to reach its summit, as they have often done during the warmer months of the year. Through this tour, you’ll board a plane from Nagoya Airport and be taken on a 90-minute flight that circles around Japan’s highest peak to view it from above.
At the end of the flight, you can take a commemorative photo with the pilots in the plane's cockpit. You’ll also have the add-on option of exploring staff-restricted areas such as the aircraft hangar and cabin training facilities. With the Go To Travel discount, tour prices start from ¥14,000 and go up to ¥57,500, depending on the number of people you’re traveling with and the add-on experiences, if any.
Fuji Dream Airlines first announced the tour as a one-time-only deal for September 20, but tickets sold out so quickly that they decided to hold two additional tours on October 3 and 4. At the time of writing, these tickets were hastily snatched up as well, so we’re hoping that they’ll reconsider bringing the tour back in the near future due to its popularity.
In the meantime, here are some of the best spots to get amazing views of Mt Fuji – from land, of course.
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