5 Ways to See Mount Fuji in Japan

Standing tall as the 35th highest mountain in the world, Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan. Mount Fuji’s recognizable peak is unmistakable and is an icon of Japan which appears in art, literature, and photographs both past and present. Mount Fuji is in fact, a composite volcano which has not erupted since 1707 and the peak is often covered in snow. The peak can be seen from many locations in Japan and there are a variety of ways to admire Mount Fuji from different vantage points. Here is our list of 5 ways to see Mount Fuji.

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See Mount Fuji from the Bullet Train
If you are taking the bullet train, called the Shinkansen from Tokyo to either Osaka or Kyoto you can see Mount Fuji from the train. The secret is the sit on the right side of the train, this way from the windows you can get a definite sight of Mount Fuji. As you pass, you will be able to see the peak of Mount Fuji so get your camera ready as you will have approximately 10 minutes of viewing time from the bullet train windows.

See Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi and Hakone
Hakone is a small town which is situated along the edge of Mount Fuji and is famous for its resorts. If you want to get away from the hustle of Tokyo for a relaxing getaway, Hakone is well known for its Onsens - Japanese hot springs and Ryokan - a traditional Japanese Inn. Lake Ashi, which is sometimes also referred to as Lake Hakone is known as one of the best ways to see Mount Fuji. If you want to get to Lake Ashi and Hakone, check out some of these Mount Fuji Tours. This makes it easier to get out of Tokyo and take in the beautiful scenery and a great way to see Mount Fuji.

See Mount Fuji from Kamakura
Kamakura, which is situated approximately an hour from Tokyo to the south is famous for its Giant Buddha. If you visit Kamakura you will also be able to explore some of the historical attractions and beautiful Buddhist Zen temples and Shinto shrines. Given it’s seaside location, Kamakura is also a surfing town and many surfers come here to catch the waves. Kamakura offers one of the best ways to see Mount Fuji over the water.

See Mount Fuji from the Fuji Shibazakura Festival (April-May)
If you happen to be in Japan towards the end of April until the end of May you will be lucky to explore the Fuji Shibazakura Festival which is held in Fujikawaguchiko and is one of the best ways to see Mount Fuji. The overflowing and blossoming Shibazakura - known as mountain phlox flowers are white, red, pink and purple and a reminiscent of the pink cherry blossoms. The festival fills 6 acres with flourishing flowers and the bright pink landscape combined with Mount Fuji in the background is an unforgettable view.

See Mount Fuji from Tokyo Skytree
The famous Tokyo Skytree, Japan’s tallest structure is one of the best views of Mount Fuji. Although the SkyTree is not close to the Mount (approximately 100 KM away) the view is still rather impressive and it is worth watching the sunset from this high point. Seeing the mountain from the distance is just as impressive and we are sure you will not be disappointed.

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