Before diving into the top places to view Mount Fuji, we want to tell you that there’s nothing more frustrating and regretful than making a trip to view Mount Fuji and being able to see it with all the clouds covering it. So when would be the best time to view Mount Fuji?
Let’s start from the season with the highest visibility to the lowest.
First off, winter (December – February) has been known to be the best season out of the four.
The months between October to February would be best to view, but December To February is markedly known to have the highest visibility.
The next would be during autumn season (September – November). The later the months, the better because cooler seasons have higher atmospheric visibility. You’ll be able to see beautiful autumn colors appearing starting from the mid of November.
Spring (March – May) has generally cool weather. The downside is the sprintime haze will lower the visbility of Mount Fuji.
The last season you should plan to view Mount Fuji is during summer (June – August). June and July are considered to be rainy months, whereas August and Spetember are typhoon peak seasons. All these factors including high humidity will lead to a poor view of Mount Fuji.
Additional tips to get the best view of Mount Fuji:
As mentioned above, Japan has distinct four seasons it can get pretty tricky to choose the best time. The best way to solve this is to plan ahead and do some research on the weather before making your trip. Even so, sometimes being flexible and rescheduling your trip might be needed.
- In terms of the best time of the day, early mornings are advised to catch an unobstructed view of Mount Fuji. The plus point is that it’s also pretty cooling in the mornings.
- Check out weather forecasts before you plan your trip. Although it might not be accurate, it will help you to have an expectation of what the weather might be.
- Check the Mount Fuji TV for a live view of Mount Fuji. The Live webcams are constantly updated every 30 seconds to 1 minute. These images on the day will greatly help in planning for your trip. The best part? They are available for free online!
Here are three links which are sites that have many live webcams feeds from different viewing points:
Don’t forget about transportation! It is crucial to get the JR Pass for easy travel to the destinations that we’re about to mention. You can learn more about it in our Japan Rail Pass Guide.
Phew, now that we have gotten all of that off our chest, let’s dive right into the top 10 places that you can view Mount Fuji!
One of the more popular lakes in Fuji Five Lakes Region, the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko has a wide and beautiful view of Mount Fuji.
The best part of it?
You get to enjoy the reflection of the mountain on the lake. Talk about aesthetics when you’re capturing scenery photography.
During mid-April, the view is accompanied by seas of cherry blossoms; whereas autumn colors paint the scenery around mid-November.
Other than that, Kawaguchiko is also an onsen town that features various restaurants, ryokan, and popular attractions. A place with much to explore and within close proximity to Mount Fuji, it’s a place worth dropping by!
Directions to Kawaguchiko:
Departing from Tokyo, take the train from Shinjuku in the direction Otsuki. Next, transfer from the JR Chuo Line to the Fujikyu Railway Line.
Note: The Japan Rail (JR) Pass does not entirely cover the whole rail line to Kawaguchiko. The ticket to travel between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko is required to be purchased separately unless you have obtained the “JR Tokyo Wide’ Pass.
Fuji Shibazakura “Pink Moss” Festival
The Fuji Shibazakura “Pink Moss” Festival highlights 80,000 blooming Shibazakura (mountain phlox flowers) that covers the small, sloping hills leading up to Mount Fuji.
Imagine a huge blanket of red, pink, and white flowers laid in front of you!
The festival is held in Fujikawaguchiko and starts at mid-April to end of May.
Directions to the Fuji Shibazakura “Pink Moss” Festival:
Travel to the main station in Kawaguchi-ko and take the bus that will directly transport you to Fuji Shibazakura.
Interesting Fact! (but sort of sad too) The bus will be passing through Aokigahara (Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees). It is a dense forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji and is common suicide site in Japan.
Iyashi no Sato
Iyashi no Sato (いやしの里) is an open-air museum and traditional craft village that is situated on the site of a former farming village that was destroyed in 1966 on the western shores of Lake Saiko. After reconstruction, the museum now features twenty houses with the village’s traditional thatched roofed houses that resemble the Edo-era.
Why not whisk yourself back in time and experience Mount Fuji just like the villagers did back then?
Chureito Pagpda is known for its magnificent views of both Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms. It is a five stories pagoda on the mountainside that overlooks the Fujiyoshida City. It’s been said that you’ll be able to witness Mount Fuji standing tall above a sea of cherry blossoms.
It’s a close distance from Kawaguchiko, so if you’re around the neighbourhood, be sure to check it out!
Directions to Chureito Pagoda:
Take the train along the Fujikyoko line from. The train ride usually takes 13 minutes. Once you have arrived, From there, it’s a 20-minute walk to the pagoda.
Do you love shopping and scenery?
Get the best of both worlds in Gotemba! It’s a town located near Mount Fuji and has one of the most popular outlet malls in Japan, Gotemba Premium Outlets. It has 200 international and domestic brand stores, 50 restaurants, and a ferris wheel.
Shop till you drop while having the best view of Mount Fuji here!
Directions to Gotemba:
When departing from Tokyo or Shinjuku Station, take a train on the JR Tokaido Line or JR Shonan Shinjuku Line respectively to Kozu Station. Next, transfer to the JR Gotenba Line to Gotemba Station. This takes approximately 150 minutes and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
There is a free shuttle bus at the Gotemba Station that can transport you to the outlets.
Hakone is a resort town popularly known for its onsen and ryokan. It sits on the edge of Mount Fuji and is also known to be a Tokyo side trip for many tourists.
One of the classic views of Mount Fuji is along the southern shore of Lake Ashinoko that features a floating Torii shrine on the lake. The Hakone Detached Palace is also a great place to enjoy the view of Mount Fuji.
Fun fact: You can take a sightseeing boat across the lake to capture really cool photos.
Directions to Hakone:
Take a direct train to Hakone when departing from Tokyo.
From the ski slopes
Calling out all skiers and snowboarders!
The lower slopes of Mount Fuji probably the place for you! The area has several ski resorts to ski while enjoying the unique view of Mount Fuji. Two of the most popular ski resorts are Fujiten Snow Resort and Snow Town Yeti.
Tokyo Skytree Tower
Tokyo Skytree Tower offers an eagles-eye view of the entire city, including Mount Fuji (although it’s slightly far). As Tokyo is actually quite distant from Mount Fuji, it will take exceptionally good weather and conditions to have a clear view of it from Tokyo Skytree Tower.
Directions to Tokyo Skytree Tower:
Directly head to Tokyo Skytree Tower’s stop on the Tokyo Metro.
An hour trip south of Tokyo lies the coastal town called Kamakura that features popular historical attractions, Giant Buddha, shrines, temples, and surfing beaches.
Most of its beaches have great views of Mount Fuji. One of it is Enoshima, an island in Sagami Bay that is about an hour and a half from Tokyo near Kamakura.
Strolling on the beach while viewing the magnificent Mount Fuji sounds like a pretty good combination, yes?
Directions to Kamakura:
When travelling from Tokyo, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, or Yokohama Stations, take the JR Yokosuka Line heading for Zushi, Kurihama or Yokosuka. These JR lines are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Trains depart every 10-15 minutes.
From the Shinkansen
Traveling by train definitely has its perks! As the Tokaido Shinkansen runs south of Mount Fuji, it offers travelers who travel between Tokyo and Osaka a beautiful combination view of the field and Mount Fuji together.
When viewing from the train:
Keep in mind that Mount Fuji will appear on the right side of the train when traveling from Tokyo. The best view is when you are about 40-45 minutes into the journey near Shin-Fuji Station.
When viewing Mount Fuji together with the train:
Head over to the farmland east of central Fuji City. You’ll be able to witness the classic view of Mount Fuji together with the shinkansen trains together here.
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Think we miss out some good spots to view Mount Fuji? Feel free to share them in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from your experience!