FROM WHERE TO SEE MOUNT FUJI? WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO SEE MOUNT FUJI? CAN I SEE MOUNT FUJI FROM TOKYO?

Mount Fuji, with its majestic presence and iconic symmetrical cone shape, is not only Japan’s highest peak but also a symbol of natural beauty and cultural significance.

Located just a couple of hours from Tokyo, Mount Fuji attracts millions of visitors each year who seek to witness its awe-inspiring beauty.

“Mount Fuji is one of the symbols of Japan”

In the heart of Japan, surrounded by forests, lakes, and mountain ranges of Akaishi and Okuchichibu, Mount Fuji is one of the best things to see in Japan.

During our sabbatical year, we spent 3 months traveling through Japan (all our posts here). We made this guide with our 10 favorite spots to see Mount Fuji!

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a sacred place and a source of artistic inspiration, it fascinates foreign travelers as much as the Japanese themselves.

But where are the best spots to see this majestic peak?

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the famous Fuji Five Lakes, is renowned for its stunning views of Mount Fuji.

The calm waters of the lake provide a mirror-like reflection of the mountain, creating picture-perfect scenes.

Explore the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko and find the perfect vantage point to capture Mount Fuji’s reflection in all its glory. Additionally, take a boat tour or rent a paddleboat to admire the mountain from the tranquility of the lake itself.

Location: here

READ: FULL GUIDE TO VISIT LAKE KAWAGUCHIKO IN JAPAN


Best things to do at Lake Kawaguchi

Located in Fujiyoshida City near Lake Kawaguchi, the Chureito Pagoda is an iconic landmark known for its stunning views of Mount Fuji.

Climb the steps to the pagoda, and from its elevated position, witness an awe-inspiring panoramic vista of the mountain framed by cherry blossoms in spring or vibrant autumn foliage.

Best things to do at lake kawaguchi

The sight of Mount Fuji in the distance, juxtaposed with the traditional red pagoda, creates a truly breathtaking and quintessentially Japanese scene.

Location: here


Iyashi no Sato traditional village

Still, near Lake Kawaguchi, check out the beautiful village of Iyashi no Sato. From there the view of Mount Fuji in the background is absolutely breathtaking!

Iyashi no Sato is like an open-air museum.

Everything at Iyashi no Sato is dedicated to local crafts. The houses are home to workshops (washi paper, soba noodles, and basketry), art galleries, restaurants, and local craft shops (pottery, kimono, jewelry). It’s a nice place to spend half a day.

Iyashi no Sato traditional village

And the cherry on top of the cake is that in the background you can see the beautiful Mt. Fuji. This is one of our favorite places to visit in Japan and see Mount Fuji!

Location: HERE
Website: HERE
Admission: 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children


Best things to see in Hakone

The Hakone region, renowned for its hot springs and scenic beauty, offers various viewpoints to marvel at Mount Fuji.

Take a cruise on Lake Ashi and enjoy the majestic mountain rising above the surrounding landscape.

For a unique experience, ride the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic valley. From the ropeway, you can witness breathtaking aerial views of Mount Fuji and the surrounding volcanic landscape.

Hakone Shrine

Don’t forget to visit the Hakone Shrine, where you can capture a postcard-worthy shot of Mount Fuji through the iconic red Torii gate.

Location: here

READ: FULL GUIDE FOR A VISIT TO HAKONE IN JAPAN


Lake Yamanaka, one of the best things to see near Hakone

Lake Yamanaka is the largest lake in the “Fuji Five Lakes” region. An area that offers the best views of Mt. Fuji.

The best-known and most frequented of these five lakes is Lake Kawaguchi. This is because Lake Kawaguchi is more developed in terms of tourism.

Lake Yamanaka is much more laid back. Perfect if you want to stay away from the crowd, or want to enjoy a camping trip!

There are many spots around Lake Yamanaka to admire Fount Fuji!

Location: here

READ: FULL GUIDE FOR A VISIT TO LAKE YAMANAKA


Fuji

For those seeking a closer encounter with Mount Fuji, a visit to Mount Fuji Fifth Station is a must.

Located at an elevation of 2,305 meters, the Fifth Station serves as a popular starting point for climbers during the official climbing season (July to August).

Even if you’re not planning to climb, the Fifth Station offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and a glimpse of the mountain’s majestic presence.

Explore the visitor center, enjoy local cuisine, and breathe in the crisp mountain air as you take in the awe-inspiring views.

Location: here


This is one of the most Instagrammable places around Lake Kawaguchi (check out this IG post). However, to get there, you will need a car, or be prepared for a long uphill walk.

In the end, it’s all worth it! The view from up there is incredible.

There is a torii gate right in front of the viewpoint which makes it magical. And of course, you guessed it, in the background you can see the spectacular Mount Fuji!

However, don’t go there midway, as the sun will be directly in front of you. Early morning or late afternoon would be much better to take photos!

We love the view from Tenku no torii. With Chureito Pagoda, this is one of our favorite viewpoints to see Mount Fuji.

Location: HERE

Admission: there is a small donation box, as this shrine was placed on private land.


Tea plantations and Mt. Fuji

Heading southwest: in forty minutes by Shinkansen, you can reach Shizuoka. This is one of the best day trips from Tokyo!

The natural variety, the cultural heritage (mainly constituted during the Edo period), and the sea make this prefecture a perfect day trip from Tokyo.

Between Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu, the tea plantations dominate the landscape with a beautiful view of Mount Fuji in the back. It’s picture-perfect!

The sharp green from the tea plantations and the snow on top of Mount Fuji offers such a unique scenery!

Location: here

READ: BEST DAY TRIPS FROM TOKYO


Best day trips from Japan_Enoshima

Temples, a beachfront, caves, and an observation tower are the things that await you in Enoshima.

Enoshima is also famous for being the surf town of Japan! So if you want a cool shot of local surfers with Mount Fuji in the background head to Enoshima!

Best day trips from Japan_Enoshima

If like us you are into surfing, why not experience the surfing culture in Japan? You can surf while watching Mount Fuji! How amazing is that?!

To get to Enoshima, just take the Odakyu line from Shinjuku to Katase-Enoshima station. This would be the easiest way from Tokyo.

Location: here


Tokyo 3885

While Mount Fuji is not visible from all parts of Tokyo due to its distance, there are a few locations in the city where you can catch glimpses or enjoy distant views of the iconic mountain. Here are some spots in Tokyo where you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day:

Tokyo Skytree

The observation deck of the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest towers in the world, provides a panoramic view of the city.

On exceptionally clear days, Mount Fuji can be visible in the distance from this elevated vantage point. Enjoy the stunning skyline of Tokyo and keep an eye out for the mountain on the western horizon. (BUY YOUR TICKET HERE TO ACCESS TOKYO SKYTREE)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is another spot to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji. The observatory deck on the 45th floor offers fantastic views of the city, and if the weather conditions are favorable, you might be lucky enough to spot Mount Fuji in the distance.

Odaiba

Head to the Odaiba waterfront area, located on Tokyo Bay, for a chance to see Mount Fuji across the bay on clear days. The picturesque Rainbow Bridge and the expansive waterfront provide a lovely setting to enjoy the cityscape and potentially catch a view of the mountain if the conditions are right.

Roppongi Hills

The observation deck of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills offers breathtaking views of Tokyo, and if visibility is good, you may be able to spot Mount Fuji on the horizon. The combination of the city skyline and the distant view of the mountain creates a stunning visual experience.

READ: BEST DISTRICTS TO VISIT IN TOKYO


Best places to see Mount Fuji

Witnessing the beauty of Mount Fuji is a bucket-list experience for many travelers visiting Japan.

Whether you choose to admire it from the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko, the iconic Chureito Pagoda, or the scenic Hakone region, each viewpoint offers its own unique perspective of this majestic mountain.

Plan your visit carefully, consider the weather conditions, and prepare to be captivated by the splendor of Mount Fuji, a true natural wonder that embodies the essence of Japan’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

We hope that you found this guide useful about the best places to see Mount Fuji. Share with us your favorite spots to see Mount Fuji in the comments below.

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