One of the 77 active volcanoes on the island, and the tallest, is Fuji-san (last erupting in 1707) and its surrounding lakeside community, known as Five Lakes, has plenty of attractions both manmade and natural, from ancient footpaths to modern-day amusement parks. If you can find the time, book a night at one of the traditional Japanese hotels, or ryokans (think paper walls and frameless futons) for a deeper understanding of Japan. The onsen (or spa) is a way of life for tourists as well as the locals. Public, but gender-divided, baths still exist in many ryokans and can be visited as hotel guest or an hourly visitor. Swim trunks are forbidden, and a proper pre-bathing ritual keeps these spaces unique. There’s absolutely no better way to rest (and maybe thaw out) after a day’s ride than with a soak. Check in, zone out, and then go find dinner. Don’t expect high-pressure jets, by the way—that’s a foreign invention.