It goes without saying that seeing Mount Fuji when in Japan, at least once should be on every photographer’s bucket list. If you are also planning to photograph the beautiful mountain scenery with your own equipment, you must research the best vantage spots.
Many photographers decide on their locale without much planning. As a result, to get the best possible images we’ve compiled a list of the best locations to photograph Mount Fuji.
The iconic Chureito Pagoda at the Arakurayama Sengen shrine in Fujiyoshida city is one of our top picks. Not only can you see Mount Fuji from here, but you can also see Sakura and the Five-Story Pagoda.
You can also visit the town of Oshino Hakkai, which is located directly to the northeast of Mount Fuji. Tourists and photographers alike also go to Lake Kawaguchi to see the magnificent majestic views.
But are those all the spots you need to know about when visiting Mount Fuji? Not at all! These are nothing more than a fraction of a list of possible shooting spots for Mount Fuji.
Each location comes with its advantages and unique photographic possibilities. So, if you are here to find out more about each of them, dive deeper and see which one suits your needs the best.
25 Top Spots For Viewing Mt. Fuji
With no doubt in mind, it is obvious that climbing up the mountain would be an extraordinary experience and a view to getting photos of Mount Fuji.
However, considering the climbing season is partially limited and only lasts for a few months, there are more opportunities for you to get great photos from afar.
check out this list of the 25 top photogenic spots to view Mount Fuji:
1. The Famous Chureito Pagoda
Firstly, one of Japan’s most famous scenes of Fujisan is the Chureito Pagoda of Arakurayama Sengen shrine in Fujiyoshida city. A place where you can spot the three Japanese symbols together: Mount Fuji, Sakura, and The Five Storied Pagoda. It is also one of the most popular cherry blossom observation sites in Fujigoko.
Catch this magnificent cherry blossom viewing with the breathtaking experience of Mount Fuji rising above a sea of cherry blossoms.
2. The Village Oshino Hakkai
Secondly, discover this small town set right at the northeastern edge of Mount Fuji. It is a popular stopover spot between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako.
Travelers can spend some time soaking in the sights and enjoying a relaxing environment amidst the crowds.
From a Skydeck near the museum’s entrance, visitors have the chance to take excellent photos of the mountain as well as the roofs of the open-air museum, Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan.
3. Lake Kawaguchi At The Northern Shore
Next, comes Lake Kawaguchi, which is the gateway of the Fuji Five Lakes, and from this lake, you can get the glacier views of Mount Fuji from all sides. Including resorts, hot springs, museums, mountains, and lakeside sightings of Mount Fuji.
Visit it in the spring to catch a glimpse of the cherry blossom of Ubuyagasaki, and get an ultimate photograph of a snow-capped Fuji. In the early summer, you can capture the mountain from the lavender of Oishi Park.
4. Lake Yamanaka At The Bottom Of Mt. Fuji
The easternmost, largest, and most populated village in the Five Fuji Lakes is Lake Yamanaka. It is at the foot of Mount Fuji that attracts tourists from all over the world.
From the lake, you can get a great vista of the mountain. If you get close to the northern bank shore, you will find a better view.
Additionally, you can enjoy exploring the floral gardens, taking boat tours, hot springs (Onsen), and other sightseeing to have a fantastic trip right next to the most famous icon in Japan.
5. The Tranquil Lake Tanuki
A peaceful, mirror-like surface of a lake tucked in a nook of the great Asagiri Highland on the western side of Mount Fuji. It gives a high-definition reflection of Mount Fuji that is impossible to catch anywhere else.
Many photographers take up their time to explore the other possible vantage points. At the lakeside camping spots, you can experience hiking, cycling, and fishing. Moreover, you can photograph the sunrise from the peak of Diamond Fuji (aka Mount Fuji), which is also a popular image opportunity.
6. The Sakura Of Urui River
The Urui River serves up spectacular views of the peak of Mount Fuji. The river runs from the southwestern foot of Mount Fuji to the Pacific. It is a soothing yet beautiful sight to photograph when cherry (sakura) blossoms bloom along its banks.
Furthermore, the magnificent collaboration of the river, the mountain, and the cherry blossoms distinguish the place from other locations.
7. Lake Ashinoko On The Mountain High
The beautiful symbol of Hakone, Lake Ashinoko, is overshadowed by Mount Fuji. It is a perfect photographer’s getaway surrounded by densely wooded forest and highlands below a bright blue sky.
The brilliant signature collaboration is the standing in the distance of the Red Torii Gate and Mount Fuji, in the center of the hot spring sanctuary, which is nothing less than iconic.
If you wish to see an ideal sight of the mountain, take a day trip on the water by boat. During the winter months, you can observe the most stunning panoramas of the mountain from this locale.
8. The Healing Town, Iyashi No Sato
Next, visit the Iyashi No Sato to get two experiences in one, a picture-perfect vista of Mount Fuji alongside a dose of Japanese culture.
Explore a recreation of an ancient Japanese small town as you wander around this charming village. It is without a doubt one of the most popular destinations in Fujikawaguchiko City.
The place is a cultural park of handicrafts stores, museums, and cafes structured in thatched-roof wooden cottages.
9. The Enoshima Island
A small island off the coast of Kamakura serves up a spectacular beachside that affords views of Mount Fuji. You will miss out on some overlooks, as not all of them are on the island. Recalling the painting of Hokusai, you can admire Enoshima alongside Mount Fuji.
You can observe a panoramic view of the shoreline, Enoshima Island, and Mount Fuji right from Inamuragasaki Park. Moreover, Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean are also visible from this spectacular location.
The Enoshima Sea Candle that stands on the island is a must-see. It is an amazing spot to photograph, and once you climb up the Enoshima Sea Candle, you can view the scenery while looking down over the beach.
10. Hike On Mount Tenjo
Then take a walk to Mount Tenjo, as it is a great way to spend a one-day trip in Kawaguchiko. It is only a short (less than an hour) climb to get some of the beautiful views of Mount Fuji. Watch the magnificent views of the great Mount Fuji by taking the Panoramic Ropeway up to Mount Tenjo.
If you are into camping, you might like to hike to the top. Observe many possible photographic sightings of the mountain along the neighboring hiking paths, making them the highlights of this hiking trek.
11. The Tallest Tower of Japan
The highest structure, standing above 634 meters (2080 feet) in Japan, famously known as Tokyo Skytree, is one of the world’s tallest towers. It gives the perfect panoramic view of Tokyo and its surroundings. It includes direct sight of Mount Fuji on a clear day.
The sky below the viewing deck of Tenmoku at 350 meters (1148 feet) above the ground may be foggy or overcast depending on the weather conditions. It occasionally gives a stunning view of Mount Fuji rising above the pool of clouds.
You can also observe Kanto from the Tenbo Corridor, which is 450 (1376 feet) meters above, and with nice weather, you might also catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji.
12. Izunokuni Panorama Park
Head to Izunokuni Panorama Park to get extraordinary photos along with the breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. As its name implies, this large park comes with a widely panoramic viewpoint.
In addition, you get a bonus when you also set out for the Izu Nagaoka hot springs, Suruga Bay, and, of course, Mount Fuji photos.
The park has a ropeway, which is without a doubt the most notable feature of Izunokuni Panorama Park. Along with the view of Mount Fuji, witness the streets of Izunokuni and Izunagaoka Onsen. You will not regret this genuine and unique experience.
13. Asagiri Kogen Highlands
Watch Mount Fuji over the bright grass fields located at the foot of the mountain. The wide grasslands of this region near the western base of Mount Fuji provide a free and open view of the majestic mountain.
If you are on an adventurous journey to the Mount Fuji region, go on hiking and climb up the mountain. You can also camp by the lakeside that serves up gorgeous views for great photos.
14. The Sunset Town Of Nishiizu
Another town, Nishiizu, is well known throughout Japan for having the greatest sunsets. It is a sunset that will forever stay in your memory and your photographic collection.
The most popular feature of this town is without a doubt the beautiful sunset of Nishiizu. It is a painting in the sky to observe every evening, the cotton candy tinting clouds with exquisite shades of pink.
Other than observing the evening sky, you can also participate in a variety of activities while you are in the town. Activities range from exploring the stunning museums to exciting boat tours, water rides, and swimming making it a photographer’s dream.
15. The Isshiki Beach
Take great shots of Mount Fuji from a distance, and alongside that, you may also see a spectacular sunset by the beach. To most tourists visiting Tokyo, this is a favorite beach getaway with a one-kilometer length of sand.
If you plan to visit in the summer, you can experience a splendid vacation. While enjoying a cocktail, you can soak in all the surroundings and rest at one of the beach bars on a photographer’s holiday.
16. Ropeway In Shizuoka
This ropeway of five minutes connects Nihondaira with Kunozan Toshugo Shrine, which is an important landmark for Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Ropeways, like the Nihondaira Ropeway in Shizuoka, allow you to get amazing mountain views. As you take on the ride and make your way up to a smaller mountain, you can visit a beautiful shrine and take in all the views of Mount Fuji.
17. The Iconic Tokyo Tower
Just beyond the infinite terraces of office buildings, observe the peak of Mount Fuji from Tokyo Tower, known as one of the icons of the city. One of the two sky decks offers views of Mount Fuji. The views from the top deck that stands above 250 meters (820feet) are breathtaking.
With clear weather and crisp air, Mount Fuji is best seen from here. On gloomy days, it is considered harder to witness. Hence, if this is the view you are after, I suggest you plan it on a bright, clear, and sunny day instead.
18. Roppongi Hills
The City View observation deck of Mori Tower, on the 52nd level of the building, features windows from floor to ceiling entirely made up of glass. It allows you to witness a 360-degree view of the city and its surroundings, and Mount Fuji beyond, from the sky deck of Roppongi Hills’ rooftop.
It is a corporate building that is 238 meters (780 feet) high. With access to a movie theater, cultural and art activities, as well as numerous branded boutiques.
19. The Wilder Mount Takao
If you have time on your hands, visit this gorgeous Tokyo hilltop, which is only 50 minutes away from Shinjuku, if you take the train. Mount Takao is right west of Tokyo, in Tama.
To get closer to the views of Mount Fuji, you must walk up to the 599m (1965 feet) peak. If you are wearing heels, arthritic, or simply dislike hiking uphill, you have nothing to worry about. As the mountain prepares a stunning ropeway ride just for you.
Mount Takao not only has breathtaking views, but it also has many other perks. You can devour delicious cuisine at the world-class restaurants available, explore the unique sculptures, and experience exciting festivals.
20. Lake Motosuko
The western side of the five lakes is Lake Motosuko, and it is also featured on the banknote of Japan’s 1000 yen. It is a must-see iconic sight of the mountain, from the northeast coast of the lake.
This part of the area is yet to be fully developed. Therefore, it is quite rural, and visitors find it tough to get there as public transportation is limited to the eastern side. Although the journey is worth it for the photographic potential, you will experience it in all its majesty. You can observe the view while boating, camping, and fishing.
21. Miura Peninsula
To the south of Yokohama, there is the Miura Peninsula. It is well known for its beaches, and if you visit the beaches on a clear day, you may be fortunate and witness some great photo moments of Mount Fuji.
You can also go there to watch Japan’s famous oldest western-style lighthouse that was established around 1871. Other than that the beaches are the main attraction for this area.
22. The Pine Grove Miho Beach
The three-kilometer-long beach with pine trees runs along with a point on the western coast of Suruga Bay. It has a magnificent and famous pebbly shoreline and sightings of Mount Fuji.
One of the most iconic views of the mountain has been represented in artworks dating back centuries.
23. Fujiten Snow Resort
Fujiten Snow Resort is the largest of the two ski resorts of Mount Fuji. It is located at the northern base of the mountain.
The park features a fair range of tracks, and the place is also kid-friendly, offering a huge park for kids to play in. It also comes with many other activities, such as inner tubing, ski lessons, and many other snow activities for children.
24. Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti
Snow Town Yeti is by far the largest ski resort in Japan. It is set right on the south side of the mountain. The outdoor slope is well known for opening early in the season of skiing.
You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding along with an entire day of photographing against the backdrop of Mount Fuji.
25. The Bunkyo Civic Center
Finally, the Bunkyo Civic Center offers some of the best sightings of Mount Fuji, observing the mountain rising high behind the skyscrapers of Shinjuku.
It is located in the heart of Tokyo.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Mt. Fuji?
It is not easy to pick the best day to visit Mount Fuji. However, weather forecasts particular to the area of Mount Fuji are often erroneous, so it may be difficult for you to plan an exact day trip to the mountain.
When planning the trip, keep your schedule as flexible as you can. While you are planning, keep in mind that the best time to see Mount Fuji would be early in the morning close to sunrise. As the day wears on oftentimes fog and clouds build across the peak.
As you can see from this pool of choices, there are a lot of options to choose from. It is safe to say that each spot is unique in its way and offers different photographic opportunities than the last one. What you want for yourself is totally up to you. With that said, you can expect to be left with a myriad of great photos with the sites listed above – and it is pretty clear why.