The Mount Fuji [富士山] affectionately called Fuji-san, is one of the best known hills in the world, as popular as Mount Everest. In this article, we will share the best places and places to see Mount Fuji in Japan.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan's hotspots, there are thousands of places where you can come face to face with the gigantic and unshakable Mount Fuji. unfortunately he likes to run away sometimes, needing caution when trying to visit him.
A little bit of Fuji-san
Monte is located west of Tokyo near the Pacific Ocean coast of Honshu Island, on the border between the provinces of Shizuoka it’s from Yamanashi.
There are three small towns surrounding Mount Fuji, Gotemba to the east, Fuji-Yoshida to the north and Fujinomiya to the southwest. In addition to these cities there are several famous lakes that surround the giant, making the tour more exciting.
In this article, we are going to recommend the best places where you can take magnificent pictures of Mount Fuji and still enjoy sights of Japan.
The cities of Gotenba and Hakone
The 4 cities surrounding Mount Fuji can be a great option for taking pictures. Unfortunately you are required to have a good time and no other mountains covering the shy fujisan.
Gotenba is one of the favorite cities that is close to Mount Fuji and that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. In this city you have access to the famous Gotemba Premium Outlets, a mall that has more than 200 stores and 50 restaurants.
At this mall you have a beautiful view of Mount Fuji, in addition to being very close to Hakone, another very famous destination that has a cable car, a boat ride on the lake, a train ride, cable car and a beautiful view of Fuji-san.
Izunokuni Panorama Park
It is not close to Mount Fuji, but it is a perfect destination to have a view of the fujisan and go up one of the longest, tallest and fastest cable cars in Japan. The mountain is so big that you can even see the Japanese Alps of Nagano.
Izu no Kuni as the name suggests, is located on the Izu peninsula on the opposite side of the mountains near Mishima in Nagaoka in Shizuoka Prefecture. At the top of Mount Katsuragi you have a view of the region and still have trails and a mini zoo.
I had the chance to visit Panorama Park and I really enjoyed the experience. The cable car is immensely long and tall, and it is super fast and scary. The cable car travels 1.8 kilometers and rises 411 meters in 5 minutes.
At the top of Mount Katsuragi you will also find a mini onsen for your feet and a place to rest and enjoy the beautiful view. The elevation of the hill is 452 meters.
In addition to Mount Katsuragi, you will find many other hills that have beautiful views of Fujisan. Among them we have Mount Tenjo and the Kachi Kachi Cable Car, Shakushiyama, Hakone, Kenashi and others less known.
Below you can see a video of our little adventure:
Seeing Mount Fuji from the beaches of KAMAKURA AND ENOSHIMA
There are some coastlines near Tokyo for you to visit, enjoy the beaches and even take beautiful pictures of Mount Fuji if it is visible. The most famous beaches to visit are located in the city of Kamakura and Enoshima.
Kamakura is a coastal city an hour away south of Tokyo, known for its giant Buddha, temples, shrines, historic attractions and surfing beaches. There is a good view of Mount Fuji from the beaches of Kamakura.
Enoshima it is an island in the bay of Sagami. It is a popular beach in the summer, about an hour and a half from Tokyo near Kamakura. The view of Mount Fuji from Enoshima is often spectacular and a great option for tourists.
Which of these lakes do you plan to visit?
SELLING Mount Fuji from the 5 lakes
There are very famous lakes that surround Mount Fuji and provide a beautiful view and experience. We have Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, Lake Motosu, Lake Shoji and Lake Sai in Yamanashi and also Lake Tanuki in Fujinomiya.
The top 5 lakes that surround Fujisan are called Fujigoko. On the lake Kawaguchiko you can see the rare Double Diamond Fuji where the sun sets over the summit of Mount Fuji and reflects on the lake that can also be seen in the Lake Tanuki.
We also have the Yamanakako Lake which is the largest among the 5 lakes that surround Fujisan. Near the lake you can visit an Observatory, enjoy the onsen, fishing, yachting, water skiing and many others.
The Lake Motosuko is the same as it appears on the 1,000 yen banknote, the ninth deepest lake in Japan. Lake Saiko, which is surrounded by the famous Aokigahara suicide forest. O Shoji Lake is the smallest and least popular among the 5.
Mount Fuji from Tokyo [Sky Tree and others]
If you want to see Mount Fuji in Tokyo, the best option is the giant tower Tokyo Sky Tree. On a clear day you can get a good view of Fuji-san, but keep in mind that Tokyo is about 100 kilometers from Mount Fuji.
In order not to spend money by climbing the Sky Tree just to see Mount Fuji, make sure the sky is clear and it is not summer. To get a view of Fuji he needs to be covered with snow. Something that happens between October and April.
Bunkyo Civic Center it is another option that makes it possible to see Mount Fuji between the buildings in Shinjuku. This government building has an observatory on the 25th floor that offers a panoramic view of the city, which allows you to see Fuji depending on the weather.
You can also visit the Mount Takao-san in western Tokyo, take a cable car and enjoy this historic and sacred place. There are other tall buildings in Tokyo like the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
Other places to see Mount Fuji
Chureito Pagoda is a pagoda on the mountainside overlooking the Fujiyoshida city. The 5-story pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine, built as a peace memorial in 1963. It has a beautiful view of Mount Fuji.
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held from the end of April to the end of May at Fuji Motosuko Resort in Fujikawaguchiko. The festival features 80,000 flowers that fill 6 hectares of gently sloping hills with red, pink and white flowers.
Iyashi no Sato is an open air museum that recreates a traditional Japanese village. From here it is possible to imagine Fuji-san in Edo period. Both places mentioned are perfect for taking a picture of Mount Fuji.
You may also want to visit the Fuji Q, an amusement park that features some of the fastest, tallest, longest and steepest roller coasters in Japan. What better way to see Fuji than a roller coaster that is falling at 172 km / h.
If the weather is good you may be able to see Mount Fuji even from the trains and shinkansen that circulate the region. If you are going from Tokyo to Osaka, remember to sit on the right side to try to see Mount Fugiu.
These are some of the places where you can have a beautiful view of FujiSan. If you liked the article, don't forget to share and leave comments. In your opinion what is the best place to see Mount Fuji?