Six recommended viewing spots for Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area!

Stretching between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan with a height of 3,776 meters. With a beautiful, divine appearance, it has been worshipped as a sacred mountain since ancient days. It has also been described and featured in Japanese classic literary and pictorial arts, such as waka poems and ukiyo-e drawings, serving as a world-famous symbol of Japan. Although it is an active volcano, many people visit the mountain from all over Japan and other countries in summer to enjoy climbing.The mountain was designated as an UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 2013.
The variety of scenery in the surrounding area also enhances the attractiveness of Mt. Fuji. Here are some selected viewing spots in the surrounding area, from which you can fully enjoy Mt. Fuji in combination with the respective scenery.

Lake Yamanakako and Mt. Fuji in early summer

① Nihondaira (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the Ocean & Port Town
From this small hill of 307 meters above sea level, you can get a great panoramic view of Mt. Fuji along with the streetscape of Shimizu, the port, and Suruga Bay. The area around the top of the hill is dotted with some facilities, including a hotel and an observation facility, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a meal while gazing at the wonderful view, as well as souvenir shops. It is a great place to relax and enjoy Mt. Fuji.


Access JR Shizuoka Sta. → 45 min by Shizutetsu Bus → Nihondaira Yume Terrace Iriguchi stop

② Suruga Bay Ferry (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the Ferry
Suruga Bay Ferry is a gold-colored car ferry connecting Shimizu Port in Shizuoka City and Toi Port, which is located on the opposite shore of the Izu Peninsula across Suruga Bay, in about 75 minutes. On the deck of the ferry, you can have a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji while feeling the sea breeze in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy how the view moves as the ferry travels as well.

Access Shimizu port: JR Shimizu Sta. → Complimentary shuttle bus/Toi Port: Tokai Bus Toi Ferry Terminal stop or Toiko (Toi Port) stop

③ Obuchi Sasaba (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the Tea Field
This place has recently been increasingly popular through social media for the combination of Mt. Fuji and the tea field. The contrast between the green sloping tea fields, which is one of the characteristics of tea fields in Shizuoka, and the blue and white Mt. Fuji creates a unique piece of scenery.
*Please refrain from entering the tea field without permission.

Access JR Fuji Sta. → 30 min by Fujikyu Shizuoka Bus → Sobinashita stop → 20 min walk

④ Noson Koen Park (Yamanashi Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the countryside
Noson Koen Park is a place where local residents grow crops, such as vegetables and rice. The combination of the idyllic country view and majestic Mt. Fuji creates a fully nostalgic atmosphere. Especially the reflection of Mt. Fuji in a paddy field filled with water in early summer is picturesque.

Access Mt.Fuji Sta. (Fujikyu Railway) → 10 min by Fujikyu Bus → Fujisan Museum Park-mae stop → 5 min walk

⑤ Lake Yamanakako (Yamanashi Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the Lake
Lake Yamanakako is the closest lake to Mt. Fuji among the Fuji Five Lakes. It has good accessibility with a little over two hours by bus from Tokyo. Along with the sharp reflection of Mt. Fuji in the lake, gracefully swimming swans and beautiful seasonal flowers add further attractiveness to the view.


Access Shinjuku → 2 hr 15 min by Chuo Expressway Bus → Lake Yamanakako Yokohama → 2 hr 10 min by Sotetsu Bus / Fujikyu Bus → Lake Yamanakako

⑥ Okamoto Pier/Haraoka Pier (Chiba Prefecture)

Mt. Fuji and the Pier
The Okamoto Pier, also known as Haraoka Pier, is one of Japan’s few wooden piers, which was constructed more than 100 years ago. It is sometimes used for filming TV dramas and commercials. On a clear sunny day, you can see Mt. Fuji across the bay. The silhouette of the mountain at sunset is just beautiful.


Access JR Tomiura Sta. → 15 min walk

From the editor

You can also see Mt. Fuji from the train window of the Tokaido Shinkansen (between Shizuoka and Mishima) and the Tokaido Line (for example, between Yui and Higashi-Tagonoura). If you are taking a train from Tokyo heading west (towards Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka), you can see Mt. Fuji on your right. If you are on a shinkansen, you should take one of the window seats, which are denoted as “E seats” in ordinary cars. There are also viewing spots at expressway facilities, such as Fujikawa Service Area on the Tomei Expressway (which can also be accessed from an open road).

Mt. Fuji viewed from a shinkansen window

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