Mt. Fuji, the iconic mountain of Japan, straddles the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. In this article, we introduce the places you can see the best view of Mt.Fuji from both the Shizuoka and Yamanashi sides. These places are something you might see in many postcards and you can take great pictures of Mt.Fuji there. Since it’s easily accessible from Tokyo, it makes a perfect day trip on the weekend from Tokyo!
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- Map of the Best Viewing Spots
- When is the best season to see Mount Fuji?
- When is the best season to climb Fujisan?
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Map of the Best Viewing Spots
1. Arakurayama Sengen Park
This is one of the most famous viewing spots of Mt. Fuji today. It was not very famous in Japan before but ever since the picture got famous worldwide, many tourists started visiting this spot. In spring, you can see the beautiful view of cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji together.
2. Oishi Park
Oishi Park is located beside Lake Kawaguchi which is the most famous of the Fuji Five Lakes. You can see Mt. Fuji with beautiful flowers throughout the season at this park. It’s also a popular resting area for people who enjoy cycling or motorcycling. Oishi Park is popular in all seasons and the different flowers blossom in all seasons.
3. Lake Motosu
Do you have a ¥1,000 bill on you? Get it and flip it; you can see the same scenery at Lake Motosu! This place is known as one of the most beautiful views of Fujisan. You can see this view at the observation point. Lake Motosu is known for its clear water, and you can enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, SUP-ing and even windsurfing. Just like the other Fuji Five Lakes, Motosu is also a popular place to go camping. In (early) summer the campsites located along the lakeshore are often fully booked!
4. Kawaguchi Asama Shrine
Start the day early and head to Kawaguchiko Asama Jinja, a shrine that has a Torii with arguably the most gorgeous view of Mount Fuji you can get. Kawaguchiko Asama Shrine was constructed after the massive eruption in 864 and since then there haven’t been major eruptions. The shrine is part of the Mount Fuji religious worship site and is thus also designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. in 2019, a new torii was installed on the edge of the mountain, with a clear view of Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji in the background!
5. Asagiri Kogen
At Asagiri Kogen, try paragliding! Paragliding with the best view of Mount Fuji will definitely make your trip special. Asagiri Kogen literally means ‘highland with morning fog’, so in the morning it will be covered by morning fog. It’s a great spot to visit during the summer to avoid the summer heat!
6. Tanuki Lake
Tanuki Lake is located on the west side of Mt.Fuji. It is a great spot to see both sunrise and sunset with a view of Mt.Fuji. If you are lucky, you can see the Diamond Fuji which is the phenomenon where the sun seems to sit on the top of Mt.Fuji and looks like a sparkling diamond.
7. Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
At Arakurayama Sengen Park (we introduced it above #1), you can take a picture of Mt. Fuji with Chureito Pagoda the 5 stories pagoda, but at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, you can take a picture of Mt. Fuji with Torii gate. It’s the head shrine of 1,300 Sengen shrines in Japan!
8. Miho no Matsubara
Miho no Matsubara is a scenic area in the Miho Peninsula in Shizuoka city. 7 kilometers long seashore is lined with about 30,000 pine trees. Rent a bicycle and enjoy cycling around the Miho Peninsula. This beautiful scenery is often seen in Japanese paintings such as Ukiyoe, especially by Hiroshige Utagawa.
9. Awashima Marine Park
Awashima Marine Park is an aquarium located on the inhabited island in the south of Mt. Fuji. On the way to the island, you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from the ferry. Once the ferry gets closer to the island, you will see dolphins swimming around in the divided sea area!
10. Mishima Skywalk
Mishima Skywalk which opened in December 2015 located in Mishima City, Shizuoka. It’s the longest pedestrian bridge in Japan and its length is 400 meters long. You can enjoy the beautiful view of Mt.Fuji while walking across the bridge.
11. Narukawa Art Museum (Lake Ashinoko)
There are a couple of places you can get the best view of Mt.Fuji in the other prefectures too.
Hakone is a popular place to visit in Japan since you can see the view of Mount Fuji and enjoy hot springs. Narukawa Art Museum is one of the best viewing spots near Lake Ashinoko.
Owakudani is the area around a crater created by the last eruption of Mount Hakone, some 3,000 years ago. You can watch over Mt.Fuji from the ropeway if the sky is clear!
13. Tokyo Skytree
You can see Mt.Fuji even in Tokyo! Tokyo Skytree is 634 meters high, which is the tallest building in Tokyo and one of the best viewing spots to enjoy a panoramic view of the cityscape and Mount Fuji in the background. It’s visible only in the sunny days so choose the day carefully when to go there.
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When is the best season to see Mount Fuji?
The interesting analysis shows the highest ratio of the number of days you can see Mt. Fuji from Fuji City, Shizuoka (mapped No.6) in 2018 is in January and February. These are the coldest months in Japan so usually people would avoid these months to travel. But surprisingly, these are the months with the highest chance to see Mt. Fuji, over 70% chance!
On the contrary, there is only a 30% chance that you will see Fuji-san in the summer season. There are lots of beautiful days but often clouds would hide the mountain and you can’t see the iconic mountain.
When is the best season to climb Fujisan?
Climbing up Mt. Fuji is a really valuable experience. Although it’s the highest mountain in Japan, it’s not very difficult to climb. You can see many children climbing Mt. Fuji too!
But the mountain opens only in July and August so if you want to climb Mt.Fuji, go there in July and August. It is quite popular in the season, so arrange your trip to the summit beforehand!
For more information, check out our complete guide to Mt. Fuji below!
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