A symbol that represents Japan – the infamous Mt. Fuji is a popular destination with never-ceasing streams of local and foreign tourist, despite being an active volcano. Its beauty is said to be impressive and magnificent, and the picture of this mountain is easily found depicted on souvenir items and also historical art dated back hundreds of years ago.
For those who want to travel to Japan, Mt. Fuji has to be on your to-do list. There are a number of ways you can enjoy a view of this impressive mountain (without climbing), by visiting the areas nearby, namely Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Kanagawa prefectures. Just in case you are not aware, Mt. Fuji is only visible on clearer days, which is not the case most of the time. This makes catching a glimpse of this famous mountain a bit of a challenge.
I strongly recommend you to choose a clear day to arrange a trip to get closer to Mt. Fuji and enjoy an amazing view to the fullest, while you could. In this article, I will introduce you some locations where you could enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji not far away.
1. Lake Kawaguchiko
Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Lake Kawaguchiko is about 60km away from Mt. Fuji. It is one of the Fuji Five Lakes, which are formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. Lake Kawaguchiko is frequently visited by tourist, as the location is very accessible by the bus.
To get the best view of Mt. Fuji here, you should go to the northern shore of the lake. Cherry blossoms in full bloom look absolutely fantastic in here and during autumn, the colour of the leaves are simply beautiful. If you want to get a stunning picture of Mt. Fuji like an Instagram-worthy picture, this is the place to go!
If there is no wind during your visit, you could see Mt. Fuji clearly reflected on the waters of the lake. This reflection is known as Sasaka Fuji, which means “upsidedown Fuji”.
2. Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway
By taking the ropeway, you will be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of Mt. Fuji. Located not far from Lake Kawaguchiko, the Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway brings you to the Tenjoyama Park, which is located at the top of the mountain. As you ascend to the top, you will also catch a glimpse of Lake Kawaguchiko. The view looks absolutely stunning, especially in autumn.
The ropeway journey takes only 3 minutes, and you will ascend to 1,075 metres.
3. Gotemba City
Located right at the base of Mt. Fuji, Gotemba City in Shizuoka Prefecture is a definitely blessed with a beautiful view of the mountain. From the city itself, Mt. Fuji looms itself as the background, making it seems like a picture from a painting. To get a better view, I recommend you to go to Gotemba Premium Outlets. And yes, you could go shopping with a view of Mt. Fuji right there. There’s no other way to kill two birds with one stone!
Unusual attractions in this city that will spark your interest include Otome Road and the Fuji Safari Park. Otome Road is basically the female version of Akihabara, and is a place to indulge in girls’ fantasies. If you love girly manga and anime, this is the place for you. On the other hand, the Fuji Safari Park at the foot of Mt. Fuji is something that many people didn’t know. This park has animals from all around the world and is definitely a place for and animal lovers!
4. Fuji-Q Highland
This highland is basically an amusement park where you can have fun to your heart’s content. With Mt. Fuji as the backdrop of the park, it is a one-of-a-kind experience amusement park fun with an additional nature view.
A view of the park from above.
Besides getting the view of Mt. Fuji while enjoying outdoor rides like roller coasters and Ferris wheel, there is an interesting attraction called Fuji Airways. You will basically experience Mt. Fuji through your five senses by sitting in a flight simulator chair and watching an aerial tour of Mt. Fuji.
5. Lake Ashinoko Cruise
If you are not the type to go for excitements, you can opt for a cruise at Lake Ashinoko. This lake is located in Hakone, which is a little further away compared to the areas mentioned so far.
Taking a cruise to see Mt. Fuji is definitely a relaxing way to spend your day, so it is suitable for those who like to take things slow and the elderly. As the lake is surrounded by hills and nature, it fits perfectly with Mt. Fuji in the distance and is a perfect scenic spot for autumnal leaves.
Attractions around Hakone include hot spring and mysterious food like black eggs and black ramen at Owakudani. Local Japanese and tourists from Tokyo like to take a short vacation to Hakone to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Find out more about what you can do in Hakone here.
Last but not least, I would recommend you to visit these places on a weekday, as there are usually more people during weekends. Now with these Mt. Fuji options to choose from, don’t forget to include it in your travel plan!
If you are interested to have a short trip around Lake Kawaguchiko, find out more in this article.