Japan, an archipelago of more than 6500 islands, has a terrain that is dominated by mountains and forests. Mt. Fuji is the tallest of these mountains and stands tall as the most famous symbol of Japan. The mountain was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, and it’s the primary attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The mountain’s distinct symmetrically conical form is often depicted in Japanese art and prints as a symbol of Japan. Mt. Fuji is located in Honshu, Japan, and its majestic beauty can be seen from Tokyo and other Japanese cities from select sites. No visit to Japan would be complete without treating yourself to beautiful views of this natural wonder. To help you out, we have compiled a list of the best places to view Mt. Fuji from.
The Fuji Shibazakura Festival is an annual Japanese Festival to see the shibazakura (pink moss) blossom. The venue of the festival is in the Fuji Five Lakes area with Mt. Fuji in the background. The festival is a unique opportunity to see Mt. Fuji surrounded by hundreds of thousands of shibazakura plants. A breathtaking view of a vast carpet of shibazakura flowers in red, pink, white, purple colors, spread out over vast fields, the festival is held from mid-April to June, but the best time to visit is during the first three weeks of May. The four national holidays between April 29 and May 5 that makeup Japan’s Golden Week holidays fall within this period. If you are visiting during this period, it’s better to visit in the morning so that you can avoid the crowds and properly enjoy your visit.
Mt Fuji & ShibaSakura Festival with Hotel Pick Up
Duration: 10 hours
2. Rooftop of Fujisan (Mount Fuji) Station
Fujisan Station is a major hub for people traveling to and from Tokyo, and it holds a secret. The train station building has an observation deck that can be accessed via an elevator. If you visit on a clear day, take the elevator to the observation deck and you will have a good view of Mt. Fuji. There are no obstructions to block your view and there are many resting areas for you to sit and enjoy the stunning views.
This beautiful pagoda is a shrine built at the base of Mt. Fuji in Arakura Sengen Park. The Pagoda is five stories tall and it can be accessed after climbing 398 steps. It is within a park where many cherry blossom trees are planted, providing visitors with a spectacular picture of the Pagoda surrounded by cherry blossom trees with Mt. Fuji looming on the horizon. This picture has been romanticized by many as the perfect picture of Japan. The pagoda was built as a memorial for the citizens of Fujiyoshida, who died in wars that occurred between the 1800s and World War II. Today, this spot attracts thousands of visitors who want to catch views of Mt. Fuji and the beautiful pagoda in a setting that depicts Japan at its most authentic.
Mt. Fuji Highlight Private tour from Kawaguchiko (public transportation)
Duration: 7 hours
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4. Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s tallest structure and the tallest tower in the world. The structure is a broadcasting tower and it also houses a shopping complex. Tokyo Skytree is a landmark of the city of Tokyo and it attracts many tourists. For lovers of Mt. Fuji, it’s the two observation decks at the top of the tower that is interesting. Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria are two of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji. The best time to visit is in the morning before 10 am to ensure you enjoy clear views of the iconic mountain. The decks stand at dizzying heights, which makes them some of the highest observation decks in the world and the highest in Japan.
5. Western coast of Izu Peninsula
Izu Peninsula is famous for its beautiful beaches, its many scenic mountains, its hot springs, and more. The peninsula is 100km (62.1mi) from Tokyo and only 50km (31.1mi) from Mt. Fuji, making it an easily accessible place to visit and enjoy views of Mt. Fuji. Its western coast offers the best views of the mountain and you will also find other attractions. This includes Jogasaki Coast and its sheer cliffs, Kadowaki Suspension Bridge, Kadowaki lighthouse, and others.
Iyashinosato means “Healing Village”, and this aptly describes the therapeutic experience of walking through a beautiful traditional Japanese village set at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The village is a reconstruction, and it was rebuilt and opened to visitors to help them experience life in a traditional Japanese village. The original village was destroyed in a typhoon in 1966. 40 years later, the buildings in the village are now houses, craft workshops, and museums that give tourists a glimpse of what life used to be in a bygone era. During your visit to Japan, tour this beautiful village while taking in serene views of Mt. Fuji.
1 Day Private Mt Fuji Sightseeing Tour Car/Van with “English Speaking Driver”
Duration: 1 to 10 hours
7. Tagonoura Port
Tagonoura Port’s claim to fame is the fact that it is the closest port to the iconic Mt. Fuji. It also serves as a link to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Shiratto Falls and the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. The port is also a great place to view Mt. Fuji from
The area around Lake Kawaguchi is already famous as a great place to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji, but it can get much better. On the shores of the lake is an aerial lift called the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway that climbs Mt. Tenjo from the shores of the lake and ascends to an observation deck that is placed more than 1000 meters (3300 feet) above sea level. From this spot, you will enjoy the best views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi below. The top of Mt. Tenjo also has its own attractions including the Bell of Tenjo, which is famed to grant wishes when you ring it, and large statues of rabbits that depict a Japanese folktale.
From Tokyo: Ice Caves and Mount Fuji Panorama Ropeway Tour
Duration: 10 hour
Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park at the base of Mt. Fuji known for its many roller coasters and haunted attractions. The amusement park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan because it offers the singular opportunity to ride some of the tallest roller coasters in the world while enjoying stunning views of Mt. Fuji. Many of the roller coasters at the park hold Guinness World Records and the park is constantly opening new attractions to draw in more visitors. Fujiyama roller coaster is the tallest and fastest roller coaster on the planet and it’s the main attraction at the park. There are also haunted attractions including the Hopeless Fortress and Haunted Hospital, which is famed as the largest haunted attraction in the world.
Fuji-Q Highland Full-Day Pass
Duration: 1 to 8 hours
Hakone is a popular resort town in Japan, and the town is famous for two things; its many hot springs that have attracted visitors for more than 400 years, and its many sites that offer clear views of Mt. Fuji. Hakone is part of Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and the town is blessed with many attractions including the scenic Lake Ashi. In Hakone, the places you can view Mt. Fuji from are Lake Ashi on a Hakone sightseeing ship cruise, Onshi-Hakone Park, Owakudani, also known as Hell Valley, and Odakyu Hotel de Yama, a hotel located on the shores of Lake Ashi. Hakone has other famous attractions like its hot springs, the floating shrine on Lake Ashi, Hakone Open Air Museum, and more.
9-hour Mt. Fuji and Hakone to/from Odawara with Private Car
Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Mt. Fuji is a must-see for all visitors to Japan, but you cannot always see the mountain from Tokyo. This is why this list exists to guide you to the best places in Japan to see the country’s most famous icon.
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