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How bad weather can get you a free hotel stay if you don't get to see Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s main tourist attractions but there’s often a chance that you may not get to see it due to adverse weather conditions. Don’t fret though; one hotel has you covered. Hotel Mount Fuji is offering a free stay at its hotel for those who don’t get to see the iconic mountain.

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Asakura Fuji Sengenjinja and Mt.Fuji Image by Yoshio Tomii/Getty Images

Between 9 and 19 January, 2018, if you’re unable to see its peak for at least a minute due to bad weather during your stay, you can come back and stay at the hotel for free at a later date.

Hotel Mount Fuji, which was built in 1963 on the hill of Lake Yamanaka, is said to have been constructed for the purpose of highlighting the breathtaking view. The mountain is unfortunately often covered in mist much to the disappointment of tourists who book hotels specifically so that they can gaze out at its magical peak.

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Fuji Mountain in Autumn Image by DoctorEgg/Getty Images

“Mt. Fuji is famous for displaying a wide variety of “expressions” depending on the season, the time of day, and the weather,” they write.

The fine print also adds in a few more conditions, however, including that this offer only applies to guests who check out between 7am and 11am and you will be granted a certificate for a standard two-person room. Ineligible guests also include those who make their reservations one day in advance so that guests do not purposely show up on a day that’s cloudy.

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at more than 12,000 ft. It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in the 1700s. It is snow-capped for about 5 months a year and is frequently depicted in artistic creations.