Translated by Hilary Keyes
Top 24 Best Views Of Mount Fuji - From Tokyo And Its Surroundings
Written by Mayu
Standing between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. This article introduces spots in Tokyo, Hakone, Yokohama, and more, where you can see this magnificent mountain from and enjoy the power of nature in Japan, year-round.
Mount Fuji - Japan's Iconic Mountain
Mt. Fuji is known as the highest mountain in Japan (standing at 3,776 meters or 12,388 feet), and its beautiful shape and symmetry have made it the internationally recognized symbol of Japan. The foothills of this mountain span across Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, while the summit of Mt. Fuji can be seen from Tokyo and from the windows of the Shinkansen on clear days.
The majority of those who visit this mountain come during the months of July to September when it is climbing season, but it is enjoyable year-round.
To learn more about Mt. Fuji itself, please refer to the following article. Those looking into Mt. Fuji photography and leisure should continue reading to learn recommended spots to see this iconic mountain.
Table of Contents:
1. Where to View Mt. Fuji in Tokyo
2. View Mt. Fuji from Hakone
3. Spots to See Mt. Fuji in Yokohama
4. Catch a Glimpse of Fuji in Kamakura and Enoshima
5. Enjoying Fuji from the Shinkansen
6. Gazing at Mt. Fuji from the Five Lakes
7. Enjoying Fuji from FujiQ Highland
8. Seeing Fuji from the Izu Peninsula
9. Photographing Fuji: Seasonal Sights and Diamond Fuji
10. The Charms of Mt. Fuji
Where to View Mt. Fuji in Tokyo
Mt. Fuji is located on the southwestern side of the Kanto region, right between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. For that reason, it can easily be viewed from most places in Shizuoka and Yamanashi, and from certain locations in Nagano, Kanagawa, and Tokyo prefectures.
In particular, Fujigoko (The Five Lakes of Fuji, *1) and Lake Ashinoko in Hakone are the perfect places to take photos of Mt. Fuji from as there aren't any tall buildings or other mountains around to obstruct your view.
*1 Fujigoko: the 5 Lakes of Mt. Fuji, are five lakes located in the foothills of the mountain in Yamanashi prefecture; they are Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shoujiko, and Motosuko.
Those who don't have the time to visit either Shizuoka or Yamanashi need not worry though, as there are many places in Tokyo from which you can see Mt. Fuji as well.
1. Summit of Mt. Takao
Mt. Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo, is a popular sightseeing spot itself. Standing 599 m tall, the view of Mt. Fuji from this mountain is stunning. For those who think climbing Mt. Fuji would be too difficult, but still, want to enjoy the views of the mountain, this is the ideal place to go. The view from here is exceptional.
This is also the ideal place in Tokyo to view Diamond Fuji from in December. If you'd like to see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo, then Mt. Takao is the absolute best place.
Address: Tokyo, Hachioji, Takaomachi
Website: Mount Takao
2. Tokyo Tower's Observatory
From Tokyo Tower, one of the symbols of Tokyo, you can see the peak of Mt. Fuji just beyond the rows and rows of skyscrapers in the city. It's much harder to see on cloudy days, so if this is the view you're after, then visit on a sunny day instead.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Shiba Koen 4-2-8
Website: Tokyo Tower
3. Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal
The fifth floor of Haneda Airport's International Passenger Terminal has an observation deck from which you can also see Mt. Fuji. There is also a place called Fujimidai that is perfect to see Mt. Fuji from too.
From this spot, you can take photos of Mt. Fuji alongside the Tokyo Monorail and many of the buildings in Shinagawa.
Address: Tokyo, Ota, Hanedakuko
Website: Haneda Airport
4. The SkyTree's Observation Deck
Standing 634m tall, Japan's tallest structure - Tokyo SkyTree - is another great place to view Mt. Fuji from. Without any buildings or mountains to obstruct your view, Fuji can be clearly seen in the early morning on a sunny day. On cloudy days and in the evenings, however, it is very difficult to see Mt. Fuji from here.
Because Mt. Fuji is quite a distance from this location it is a good idea to use a telephoto lens if you want to take photos of it from SkyTree.
Address: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage 1-1-2
Website: Tokyo SkyTree
5. Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills is one of the newer hot spots in Tokyo, and from its rooftop, the Sky Deck, you can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. Snow-covered Fuji in fall and winter is especially striking when seen from Roppongi Hills.
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 6-10-1
Website: Roppongi Hills
View Mt. Fuji from Hakone
There are several places with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone.
1. Hakone Ropeway
The Hakone ropeway stretches from Hakone Yumoto Station to Togendai Station. Owakudani, which was chosen as one of the 50 most scenic spots in Kanagawa, offers stunning views not only of Mt. Fuji but even of Tokyo SkyTree too.
Website: Hakone Ropeway
2. Motohakone Harbor (Lake Ashinoko)
Motohakone is where you will find the harbor to Lake Ashinoko, and where you can take great photos featuring Lake Ashinoko, the cruise ships and of course, Mt. Fuji.
Address: Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo district, Hakonemachi, Motohakone
3. Onshihakone Park
Also selected as one of the 50 most scenic sites in Kanagawa, this famous spot is full of picturesque scenery and was once where the Imperial summer residence was located. From this park, you can see Lake Ashinoko, the outer rim of the crater on Mt. Hakone, and the peak of Mt. Fuji.
Address: Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo district, Hakonemachi, Motohakone 171
Website: Onshihakone Park
Owakudani, made famous by the incredibly popular anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, also offers great views of Mt. Fuji. We recommend viewing the mountain as you snack on their black eggs, a local specialty.
Address: Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo district, Hakonemachi, Sengokuhara
Spots to See Mt. Fuji in Yokohama
You can also enjoy views of Mt. Fuji from sightseeing spot-rich Yokohama, home of Minato Mirai and Chinatown. If you plan on sightseeing in Yokohama, make sure to stop by these places.
1. Osanbashi Bridge
Osanbashi Bridge is located in Naka ward, Yokohama on Yokohama Port. If you position yourself just right, you can get a very Yokohama-like photo featuring Mt. Fuji, the ocean, and the Red Brick Warehouse all together. There is a sign on Osanbashi Bridge indicating where you can see Mt. Fuji best.
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka, Kaigan-dori 1-1-4
2. Daikokufuto Central Park
Although best known as a night spot, you can also enjoy great views of Mt. Fuji from Daikokufuto Central Park, and the best place to take photos from is under the Bay Bridge. This way you can include not only Mt. Fuji, but the sea around Yokohama, Yokohama Lankmark Tower, and the giant Ferris wheel as well.
Address: Kanagawa, Yokohama, Tsurumi, Daikokufuto
Catch a Glimpse of Fuji in Kamakura and Enoshima
From the sea near both Kamakura and Enoshima you can see the ocean and Mt. Fuji together. The Mt. Fuji seen from these locations is the one depicted in ukiyo-e by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, master artists of the Edo era, among others.
1. Zaimokuza Beach
From this spot you can see Yuigahama, Inamuragasaki, Enoshima, and Mt. Fuji together all at once.
Address: Kanagawa, Kamakura, Zaimokuza
Website: Zaimokuza Beach
At Inamuragasaki, you can see Mt. Fuji not only from the beach but from the hills as well. Here you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji alongside Enoshima and Shichirigahama.
Address: Kanagawa, Kamakura, Inamuragasaki 2-chome (Inamuragasaki Station, Enoden line)
Shichirigahama is a 3-km-long beach, and from here, you can enjoy superb views of Enoshima or Miura Peninsula, Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji.
Address: Kanagawa, Kamakura, Shichirigahama 1-chome (Shichirigahama Station, Enoden line)
Head to the Samuel Cocking House, to the Enoshima Sea Candle, which is a lighthouse and observatory. Looking out, you can see the Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji as well; this is an idyllic viewing spot.
To learn more about sightseeing in Enoshima, take a look at: 8 Spectacular Sights In Enoshima That You'll Want To Keep Secret.
Address: Kanagawa, Fujisawa, Enoshima
Website: Enoshima Area
5. Morito Beach
This is the beach around Morito Shrine, and is said to be the largest beach in the Hayama area. It is also a spectacular viewing spot for both Enoshima and Mt. Fuji.
Address: Kanagawa, Miura, Hayama, Horiuchi
Enjoying Fuji from the Shinkansen
A surprising spot that offers amazing views of Mt. Fuji is the bullet train, or rather from its windows.
If you are going to be traveling from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto, or vice versa, choose the E window seat when reserving your ticket. If you are on the Nozomi shinkansen departing from Tokyo, you will be in the right spot after about 45 minutes, while if you are traveling from Osaka to Tokyo on the Nozomi, you will be in the best spot after an hour and 45 minutes. As this is only a rough estimate of the time, have your camera ready just in case.
Gazing at Mt. Fuji from the Five Lakes
The Fujigoko, or Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji (Motosuko, Shoujiko, Saiko, Kawaguchiko, and Yamanakako) are all gorgeous natural sites to view Mt. Fuji from.
1. Lake Yamanaka
Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the five Mt. Fuji lakes and is also located at the highest elevation, meaning that Mt. Fuji can be seen quite beautifully from this spot.
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru district, Yamanakakomura
Website: Lake Yamanaka
2. Lake Kawaguchi
This is the northernmost of the five lakes of Fuji and is known for having a small island, called Unoshima, located in the heart of it. At Lake Kawaguchi you can take particularly beautiful photos of cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji in the spring, and autumn leaves and the mountain in the fall. The Fuji Kawaguchiko Sakura Festival is held every March while the Fuji Kawaguchiko Momiji Festival is held in November.
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru district, Fujikawaguchiko
3. Lake Motosu
Motosuko is the westernmost of the lakes.
Every year from April to May at the Motosuko Resort, which is about a 30-minute drive from Kawaguchiko Station, about 800 thousand shiba zakura, or moss phlox flowers, bloom, creating a stunning pink landscape that spreads out before your eyes. The unbelievable contrast between the pink flowers and Mt. Fuji is a sight not to be missed.
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru district, Fujikawaguchikomachi, Minobucho
Website: Lake Motosu
4. Lake Shouji (Viewing Platform)
The landscape in the Shoujiko area has inspired some to call it the 'Orient's Switzerland'. During the Meiji era Harry Stewart Whitworth, a British man who became a naturalized Japanese citizen, famously stated that "the view of Mt. Fuji from Lake Shouji is the most beautiful of all".
From the Shoujiko observation deck, it almost looks as though Mt. Fuji is holding Omuroyama, part of the foothills of Mt. Fuji, which has earned this view the name 'Kodaki Fuji' (Child-holding Fuji). It was also selected as one of the new 100 Famous Views of Mount Fuji.
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru district, Fujikawaguchikomachi, Shouji
Website: Lake Shouji
With Aokigahara Jyukai spreading out to the south of Saiko, Mt. Fuji seems to almost spread out on an even grander scale when viewed from this lake.
Address: Yamanashi, Minamitsuru district, Fujikawaguchikomachi, Saiko
Enjoying Fuji from FujiQ Highland
You can also enjoy great views of Mt. Fuji from FujiQ Highland, an amusement park famous for its thrilling rides.
This amusement park, located in Yamanashi prefecture, is perhaps best known for its scream machines, particularly Fujiyama and Dodonpa. As it is located in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the mountain itself can be viewed from many different places throughout the park. See Mt. Fuji Viewing Spots for more information.
Address: Yamanashi, Fujiyoshidashi, Shinnishihara 5-6-1
Website: FujiQ Highland
Seeing Fuji from the Izu Peninsula
There are also a few great Mt. Fuji photography spots located in the Izu Peninsula as well. The Izu Peninsula is famous for its seafood and hot spring in addition to its mountain views.
1. Mishima Sky Walk
Mishima Sky Walk is the pedestrian suspension bridge that traverses from Hakone to Izu, and it is the longest of its kind, spanning a distance of 400 m. From the top of this bridge, you can not only see Mt. Fuji, but also the Izu mountain range and Suruga Bay.
Address: Shizuoka, Mishima, Sasahara Shinden 313
Website: Mishima Sky Walk
2. Izunokuni Panorama Park
Izunokuni Panorama Park is a sightseeing complex with a park, ropeway, and restaurants, and also has a special Mt. Fuji viewing spot known as Fujimi Terrace. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay.
Address: Shizuoka, Izunokuni, Nagaoka 260-1
Website: Panorama Park
Photographing Fuji: Seasonal Sights and Diamond Fuji
Mt. Fuji is not only a great mountain to climb, but also a stunning photography spot. You can take amazing photos here and in the surrounding area all year round; whether surrounded by white snow, delicate pink cherry blossoms, brilliant greens or vivid reds and golds in autumn, Mt. Fuji is one of the most picturesque spots in the world.
Mt. Fuji in Spring
In spring the combination of sakura and Mt. Fuji is simply gorgeous.
During the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, which is held in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture from April to May, it is possible to see a field covered in vivid pink moss phlox flowers with Mount Fuji in the background.
Summer at Mt. Fuji
This is the time to see Mt. Fuji at its liveliest; the brilliant fresh greens and fully bloomed sunflowers against the backdrop of the mountain is stunning. You can get photos of this sight from almost anywhere here. If you specifically want photos of the sunflowers with Mt. Fuji, we recommend visiting the flower park at Lake Yamanaka, in Yamanashi.
Mt. Fuji in Autumn
In autumn you can enjoy the combination of Mt. Fuji with the bright red momiji.
There are several fall foliage spots around Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi prefecture where you can take dramatic photos of the fiery leaves and Mt. Fuji together.
Winter at Mt. Fuji
In the winter, the air around Mt. Fuji becomes quite clear, and snow quickly spreads over the towns at the foothills of the mountain. If you'd like to shoot a fantastical landscape, the winter is the best season to do so in.
An Auspicious Omen: Red Fuji
When the light of the sun first hits Mt. Fuji in the morning, turning it red, this view is known as Akafuji, or Red Fuji. Believed to be a good omen, Akafuji has been illustrated many times in both hanging scrolls and in ukiyo-e pieces as well. Depending on the timing and weather conditions, you can sometimes see Akafuji when visiting Oshino Hakkai (the springs of Mt. Fuji) and Lake Yamanaka early in the morning.
The moment when the rising or setting sun and the peak of Mt. Fuji meet and almost seem to overlap is known to the Japanese as Diamond Fuji. The mountain shines brilliantly like a diamond, attracting photographers from all over.
Diamond Fuji can only be seen for a very limited time, from December to April each year. It can be viewed from either the east or west, and is best seen from Lake Yamanaka or Lake Tanuki in Yamanashi, Mt. Takao in Tokyo, or from Osan Bridge in Yokohama.
The Charms of Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji may be very difficult to see on cloudy or rainy days, so if you want to take some incredible photos of this mountain for yourself, it is better to do so on sunny days. The view of Mt. Fuji from both Tokyo and Yokohama might seem a little reserved to some, so if you want to capture the full grandeur of Mt. Fuji, it is a good idea to have a telephoto lens or two and other camera equipment with you.
Furthermore, you should be prepared for the weather when visiting the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Izu, or even when climbing Mt. Takao in Tokyo. These areas can become much cooler than the city more quickly, so dressing in layers or bringing extra clothing with you is a good idea.
If you keep these points in mind, you are sure to have an amazing time as you take photos of Mt. Fuji.