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View Mt. Fuji
from the summits of other mountains

View Mt. Fuji
from the summits
of other mountains

FUJIMI-TOZAN | Hiking with a view of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan
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FUJIMI-TOZAN | Hiking with a view of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan
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Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san), the highest mountain in Japan – its charm is not only in its height but also in its well-proportioned, beautiful shape. From winter to spring, snow extensively covers the entire mountain, as if clothed in a pure white dress. As the season turns to midsummer, the mountain reveals its dark earth red body. Then with the autumn foliage season, Mt. Fuji, topped with virgin snow, peeps through the radiant colors of autumn leaves.

This section compilates mountains that offer a scenic view of Mt. Fuji from their summits, which are included in the course guides of this website. The level is limited to one-day trips and less dangerous courses only. Courses will be introduced in order according to the distance between the viewing spot to Mt. Fuji starting with the nearest.

The hiking season for Mt. Fuji is limited. Why not try hiking on other mountains to enjoy the view of the symbol of Japan.

Mt. Nabewari
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 38.7m

Highest Point 1273m     Duration 1Day / 7.5Hours
    Highest Point : 1273m
   Duration : 1Day / 7.5Hours

The summit and the view

The view from the east side of Mt. Nabewari (Nabewari-san) summit is blocked by forest. Conversely, the west side is wide open and has a great view towards the direction of Mt. Fuji.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

If just simply viewing Mt Fuji, it is possible from anywhere on the gentle slope in front of Nabewari Sanso mountain hut. However, when taking a photograph, you may have a hard time choosing a good spot depending on how you would like to incorporate the branches of sparse trees. If you do not wish to incorporate tree branches in your composition, telephoto-type lenses may come in handy.

Mt. Tonodake
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 40.9m

Highest Point 1491m     Duration 1Day / 6Hours
    Highest Point : 1491m
   Duration : 1Day / 6Hours

The summit and the view

The summit of Mt. Tonodake (Tohno-dake) is well tended like a garden and is extensive in size. Any trees hardly grow near the summit, providing a scenic view all around, including of Mt. Fuji. If Sonbutsu Sanso mountain hut obstructs your view, just walk around and you will be able to see in all directions.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

The sloping west side provides a great view in the direction of Mt. Fuji. The summit of Mt. Tonodake consists of many flatlands, giving little to no difference in the photo composition even if you moved around them. Diamond Fuji can be viewed usually around February 23 and October 19.

Mt. Daibosatsurei
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 44.1m

Highest Point 2057m     Duration 1Day / 8Hours
    Highest Point : 2057m
   Duration : 1Day / 8Hours

The summit and the view

The summit of Mt. Daibosatsurei is covered by a forest and has no view. The area around the giant rock named Kaminari-iwa near the summit has forest on its north side, but the south side is open, providing a view in the direction of the Southern Japanese Alps.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

The area around Kaminari-iwa on the east side offers a good view of Mt. Fuji. The bright slope allows you to face Mt. Fuji without having to choose the perfect spot.

Mt. Oyama
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 46.6km

Highest Point 1252m     Duration 1Day / 4Hours
    Highest Point : 1252m
   Duration : 1Day / 4Hours

The summit and the view

A shrine stands upon the summit of Mt. Oyama (Oh-yama). The slope in front of the shrine and the flat land below work as an observatory deck, providing a sweeping view of the Kanto Plain.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

The area around the shrine has too many tree branches blocking the view and Mt. Fuji is barely visible. For a clear view of Mt. Fuji, try going behind the shrine through the side of the restroom.

Mt. Jinba
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 51.3m

Highest Point 855m     Duration 1Day / 7.5Hours
    Highest Point : 855m
   Duration : 1Day / 7.5Hours

The summit and the view

The view from the summit of Mt. Jinba (Jinba-san) is a 360-degree grand panorama. However, there are some trees such as cherry blossoms on the city side to the east, which may slightly block the view. The Southern Japanese Alps show its white ridgeline to the westside during winter.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

Mt. Fuji sits behind the mountain range that expands to the southwest, adding a sense of depth to the view. The mountain range consists of multiple ridgelines, adding uniqueness to the landscape. The recommended spot for photographing Mt. Fuji is on the southern slope, avoiding the teahouse. Also, the summits of Mt. Kagenobu (Kagenobu-yama) and Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama have a view of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Takao
| Distance from Mt. Fuji about 55.3m

*A superb view, known as “Diamond Fuji,” can be seen the moment the summit of Mt. Fuji overlaps with the sun. It can be seen only twice a year from each viewing point offering the chance of encountering the Diamond Fuji.
Highest Point 599m     Duration 1Day / 2Hours
    Highest Point : 599m
   Duration : 1Day / 2Hours

The summit and the view

Though Mt. Takao (Takao-san) may not be so high in elevation (599m), its accessibility from the urban center and the observatory deck at the summit make it a very popular mountain. Avoiding trees, the visibility extends from the Southern Japanese Alps to Enoshima Island.

The view of Mt. Fuji and tips for photographing

For a great view of Mt. Fuji, the observatory deck at the end of the trail from the westside of the summit to Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama is highly recommended. Diamond Fuji can be seen usually around December 22, and is crowded with sightseers. Unable to accommodate so many people, the small observatory deck easily reaches its capacity limit if many photographers use tripods for their cameras. Momiji-dai, which is a few minutes-walk away towards Mt. Kagenobu is also a good place for enjoying the view.

The Other Mountains

Mountains that have observatory decks not on the summit, or mountains with higher difficulty than the mountains mentioned above.

Mt. Hinokiboramaru

The summit is covered by a forest of trees such as beech and is not suitable for enjoying the view. Descend slightly to the west of the summit, the view towards Mt. Fuji is exposed.

  Distance from Mt. Fuji : about 36.5km
    Highest Point : 1601m
   Duration : 1Day / 6Hours
   Fitness Level : ★★☆☆☆

Mt. Kitadake

The summit narrowly extends from north to south, providing an unobstructed view. The elegant foothills of Mt. Fuji extend before you.

  Distance from Mt. Fuji : about 56.4km
    Highest Point : 3193m
   Duration : 2Days / 11.5Hours
   Fitness Level : ★★★☆☆

Mt. Kinpu

The highest point is on top of the Gojo-iwa rock. It may create an interesting composition if you incorporate the rock in the foreground rather than climbing it to take your photo.

  Distance from Mt. Fuji : about 57.4km
    Highest Point : 2599m
   Duration : 1Day / 8.5Hours
   Fitness Level : ★★☆☆☆

Best conditions to get the view of Mt. Fuji

Best conditions
to get the view of Mt. Fuji

The view from the summit may not be clear even if the weather was fine when you hiked the mountain. Moreover, Mt. Fuji itself must be free of clouds and fog. Confirm the season and time of day that has the higher possibility of a view of Mt. Fuji.

    The season between October and February offers a higher possibility of a clear view of Mt. Fuji.

    The season between October and February offers a higher possibility of a clear view of Mt. Fuji.

    The possibility of getting a clear view of Mt. Fuji is higher from October to February. Lower temperatures decrease the moisture content in the air, providing a clearer view of things faraway. However, the degree of risk also rises during the winter season due to snowfall and freezing, depending on the mountains. Make sure to research information regarding the mountain and weather, and plan ahead when hiking.

    Conversely, be aware that Mt. Fuji is rarely visible between June and August. During this season, even if the sky is clear when you are hiking, the view of Mt. Fuji may be obstructed by factors such as clouds, fog or pollen.

    Morning is the best time of the day for a clear view of Mt. Fuji

    Morning is the best time of the day for a clear view of Mt. Fuji

    Morning, when the air is at its clearest during the day, is the most favorable time for getting a clear view of Mt. Fuji. It will be hard to get a distant view after 10:00 AM. Therefore, it would be best to start hiking early and reach the summit around 8:00 AM. Make sure to prepare for the cold, since the higher the elevation the lower the temperature gets.

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