The 6 Best Views of Mt. Fuji in Japan

Mt. Fuji is arguably the most iconic site of Japan. You might be asking yourself, where is THE BEST spot to see Mt.Fuji in all it’s glory? Well the answer to that is hard to say because we have so many favourite viewing spots. So, we have provided you with our list of where we think the best views of Mt. Fuji.

6. Fuji-Q Highland

Let’s be honest, Being in a theme park all day with stunning views of the world’s most famous mountain is pretty special. However, honestly, the main attraction of the amusement park isn’t Mt. Fuji, it’s the rides, and often you will get lost in the ride rather than the scenery, which is why we ranked it low on our list. Still a lovely place to visit during the summer, and would highly recommend visiting Fuji-Q Highland to and just enjoy yourself and the views.

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6th best view of Mt. Fuji

5. Tokyo Bay Area, Tokyo / Kanagawa Prefecture

There are countless areas in the Tokyo Metropolitan and Tokyo Bay area that offer amazing views of Mt. Fuji, which is why we summed it all up with just the area itself. Some of the best spots in this area include Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Sky Tree. However, on a clear day, you can get beautiful views of the mountain from almost any vantage point across the region.

4. Fuji Shiba-Zakura Festival, Yamanashi Prefecture

The site of the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is located a few kilometers south of lake Motosu (See Number 2). The Festival is famous for the vibrant assortment of pink moss which bloom from late April to Late May. Around this time, Mt. Fuji begins to loose it’s snow and you can see the shape much easier. 

In the park, there is an estimated 800,000 plants which bloom across 5 species of the plant known as shibazakura, which allow for different shades of pink and white. When the flowers are at their peak bloom, a festival is held and many flock from all over the region to see them with Mt. Fuji in the background.

3. Mt. Kitadake, Yamanashi Prefecture

the 3rd best views of Mt. Fuji

Good things come to those who wait. And there is no greater reward than climbing up a mountain and watching a new day come over the horizon as you stare off into the distance at Mt. Fuji, happy that you skipped the endless queues of people who scale the mountain during peak season.

Climbing up Mt. Kitadake is highly rewarding for those adventure seekers. This walk however is not an easy walk despite it being well maintained and traversed. Make sure you are experienced and have enough provisions to last a couple days.

2. Lake Motosu, Yamanashi Prefecture

Lake Motosu, in Yamanashi Prefecture is a picturesque photo location, offering beautiful views of the world famous Mt.Fuji.  Lake Motosu is part of the Fuji Five Lakes region, which extends around the northern base of the mountain. Lake Motosu is the westernmost of the Fuji Five Lakes.  The Lake Motosu area is full of fantastic outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing. The Fuji Five Lakes region is an outdoor adventurers paradise. 

The lake was formed after Mt. Fuji had erupted in the 800s, which filled the northern region of the mountains base with ash and rocks, dividing up an already existing lake into three of the five Fuji lakes. 

The 2nd Best Views of Mt. Fuji

And The Best View of Mt. Fuji Goes to....

1. Arakurayama Sengen Park, Yamanashi Prefecture

The best view of Mt. Fuji

The Pagoda and Mt.Fuji off into the distance, one of the most photographed spots in Japan, and it’s certainly easy to see why. In spring you have the cherry blossoms on the trees. Summer you have a lush green forest and in Autumn you have the colourful leaves of red, orange and yellow, the thick snow covering the mountain in the winter. Truly, a favourite for those visiting year round. As the viewing area is on the side of a hill, you will need to walk up approximately 400 stone stairs to reach the pagoda.

 

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Living in the Dodgy Part of Japan for 1 Month

While Japan is widely regarded as a safe country, it does have it’s fair few blemishes like every country does. And the largest blemish to Japan, is the region of Osaka known as ‘Shin-Sekai’, a fair amount of crime, public intoxication, prostitution, indecent exposure are just some of the common things that you can expect in this area.The area stretches from south of Tsutentaku Tower, about 1km away from the tower, and most prominent between Shin-Imamiya Station and Tennoji Station. Recently, myself and a small team of our staff had rented an apartment in the area.

Normally, when we are going on long term missions across Japan, we typically look for areas that are nearby train stations for easy access around the city, and normally, we have a panel of people that approve our long term accommodation before we make our move. Unfortunately this time, there was a mix up in the booking of the apartment and we ended up on the wrong side of town from where we wanted, in the really sketchy part, which was extremely concerning because we had about half a million yen worth of camera equipment and laptops with us. While we made it out with everything intact, we did have some interesting experiences that we wanted to share with everyone.

 

Starting with the Good...

  1. The Cost of living was significantly lower. As bad as it sounds, myself and my team did reap the benefits of having a lower living costs because the area was quite deprived financially, which brought down the overall living costs and we were able to eat out at restaurants for quite a bit cheaper than other places we have stayed for work trips.
  2. It was convenient. Cheap and convenient, 2 minutes away from the nearest train station. 

3. Police presence. While the streets were rough at times, there was quite often police always on patrol, and with a police box around the corner, police were very fast to respond to any call outs in the area – while they were a lot in the month, problems were solved very quickly and we certainly felt at peace. 

 

And on to the bad...

  1. A lot of homeless people. Yeah, if I had to make a rough estimate on home many homeless people were in the neighborhood, it would probably be reaching close to 200 individuals, which was very sad to see, especially around the time the soup kitchen had opened and you could see everyone queuing up for dinner. 
  2. A lot of drunk people. Almost every single vending machine on the  side roads was an alcoholic vending machine, selling drinks for as low as 100 yen. Which means that a lot of the locals got drunk, and they got drunk very quickly.

3. Felt Threatened occasionally. I remember one day, we had to do our laundry, and the apartment didn’t come with a laundry machine. So, we headed down to the local laundromat, you know, early morningish to get it done. But along the way, we got quite a lot of intimidating looks from the drunk locals, and there were a couple faces which certainly weren’t friendly, and we felt like a couple people could easily instigate a fight. 

4. People were way too noisy. The vending machine next to us opened at 4:45am, and with paper thin Japanese walls, you bet your money we were awake with the homeless people who were smashed before the sun was even up, which screwed up our sleeping patterns for a couple weeks. It was however very quiet on days with rain, many people grabbed hot drinks out of the non-alcoholic vending machines to warm them up, which allowed us to sleep into to about 8-9pm depending on the work schedule. 

And the funny...

So, our apartment had a security camera with a view of the door and the road, and I must say, that camera caught some of the greatest things I’ve ever seen – words can’t do it justice. 

  1. A One Man Band. It was 9:30 on a Tuesday, we just about to head off to meet an important client of ours, when suddenly we were distracted by music coming by streets. Initially we ignored it, but then it kept getting loud, so we turned on the camera and as we turned it on, some dude was

just jamming on his one man band. We all just looked at each other is disbelief as the man walked past on the street. I think the most shocking thing about it, was how good the music actually was, because normally one man bands are just conglomerates of different sounds and they sound horrible, but not this time. This dude was killing it!

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The 10+ Stunning Photos That Show a Different Side of Japan

Japan is hands down, one of the most beautiful and stunning countries on earth. But there is so much more in the great land that often gets unnoticed. Which is why we are here today, to show you a different side of Japan, you might not have known existed. Enjoy!

1.Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture

2. Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture

3. Mt. Wakakusa, Nara Prefecture

4. Snow Monkey Resorts, Nagano Prefecture

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5.Okunoin Cemetary, Wakayama Prefecture

7. Kurashiki Canal, Okayama Prefecture

8. Mt. Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture

9. Maruyama Senmaida, Mie Prefecture

10. Izu Peninsula, Shizouka Prefecture

11. Japanese Convenience Store at Night, Yamagata Prefecture

12. Toshogu Shrine, Tochigi Prefecture

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