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View spots for enjoying diverse expressions of Mt. Fuji

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Mt.Fuji
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Observatory
Mt. Fuji, which is the highest mountain in Japan, can be seen from quite a distance, even in Tokyo, under the right conditions. And there are many famous tourist spots in the environs of Tokyo where you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji. Japan is a rare country where the highest mountain can be observed from the capital city.

Observatories inside Tokyo




The best views can be enjoyed on sunny days between December and February, or on the day after a strong wind has been blowing. The appearance of a white snow-capped Mt. Fuji is indeed sublime.

Twice a year, the sun sparkles like a jewel just as it rises above or sinks down from the summit of Mt. Fuji. This is called 'Diamond Fuji', attracting large numbers of people to locations where they can see this rare sight.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Observatory (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)




The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office located in Shinjuku-ku has observatories on the 45th Floor of the north and south sides of its Main Building (the North Observatory and the South Observatory). The view you command from a height of 202 meters above ground level is magnificent, and you will be able to observe Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Although it is normally open from 09:30 to 23:00, it is open from very early in the morning on New Year's Day. (Please be noted that the South observatory closes at 17:30 every day; and during the Year-end and New year period, they are closed from Dec. 29 to 31 and Jan. 2 and 3.)

Tokyo Tower (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

From both the Main Observatory (admission fee 820 yen, 120 to 125 meters above ground level) and the Special Observatory (600 yen, 223 meters above ground level), you can command a view of Mt. Fuji. The Main Observatory has a café as well as a 'look-down window' floored with glass.

'Tokyo City View' of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Minato-ku, Tokyo)




The 'Tokyo City View' observation deck on the 52nd Floor is an airy, open space with a vaulted ceiling more than 11 meters high, and entirely fitted out with glass, offering a 360-degree view. As Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is located in the heart of Tokyo, you can enjoy a close view of the Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Bay Area, and other famous spots of Tokyo. The admission fee is 1,500 yen. Why not make a visit towards the end of the day when you can enjoy the silhouette of Mt. Fuji against the twilit sky, followed by evening illumination of skyscrapers?

Mt. Takao-san

Located in western Tokyo, Mt. Takao-san, 599 meters above sea level, is a popular recreation spot for the Tokyoites. A ropeway or lift will take you halfway up this mountain, from where it is a 2-hour hiking trip to the summit with fine views of Mt. Fuji. The Mt. Takao-san offers a number of interesting spots including a temple named Yakuo-in halfway up, for it was originally a mountain for ascetic training.

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A: JR Shinjyuku station > Takao station (JR Chuo line, about 50 minutes ) > Takaosan-guchi station (Keio Takao line, about 5 minutes)
B: Keio Shinjyuku station > Takaosan-guchi station (Keio line, about 50 minutes by Semi-limited express trains)

Environs of Tokyo, Sea coasts & capes

Southernmost tip of Chiba Boso-hanto Peninsula & Tateyama-shi
From the capes and coasts in the southernmost extremity of Chiba, which lies adjacent to Tokyo, you can command Mt. Fuji to the west. The best spots for observing Mt. Fuji are the Hojo-kaigan Coast and Shiroyama Koen (park). Here, there is nothing obstructing your sight, and you will surely be moved at the most majestic view of Mt. Fuji seen across the sea. The scenery is especially beautiful when the evening sun is setting on the horizon. Tateyama is blessed with warm weather even in the winter, which makes it a pleasant location to visit all the year round.

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Train:
About 2 hours from Tokyo Station on the JR Uchibo Sen line Limited-stop Express

Kamakura, Kanagawa Inamuragasaki Area
Although Kamakura has many places where you can command a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji, Inamuragasaki is especially recommended. Here, in addition to Mt. Fuji, you will be able to enjoy scenic beauties unique to this area such as Enoshima and Shichirigahama.

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Train:
From Tokyo Station, take the JR Sobu Yokosuka Sen line, which will arrive at Kamakura Station in about 1 hour. From Kamakura Station, change to the Enoshima Dentetsu (electric railway) to Inamuragasaki Station.

Travel routes suited for viewing Mt. Fuji

Tomei Expressway & Tokaido Shinkansen Line
Beautiful scenes of Mt. Fuji can also be seen from the windows while driving along the Tomei Expressway or riding the Tokaido Shinkansen Line when travelling in the direction of Osaka from Tokyo. As you will be constantly moving, you will be able to enjoy seeing the splendid landscape of Mt. Fuji from diverse angles within a short span of time.

View spots in the environs of Mt. Fuji

Mt.Fuji
Mt. Fuji
All spots in the entire lakeside area of the Fuji-go-ko, or the Five Lakes of Fuji, are highly recommended; these five lakes are Lake Kawaguchi-ko, Lake Yamanaka-ko, Lake Motosu-ko, Lake Sai-ko and Lake Shoji-ko. Above all, Lake Kawaguchi-ko is a well-developed tourist resort, and is conveniently located. From the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal, there are one or two of non-stop bus services to Lake Kawaguchi-ko every hour. The Japanese tourists love to stay overnight at an onsen-yado hot-spring inn (Ryokan) or hotel where they can admire Mt. Fuji while relaxing in an open-air hot-spring bath.

Lake Kawaguchi-ko Oishi Koen (park)

Mt. Fuji seen from this spot is known as `Otome Fuji' (literally 'Maiden Fuji') because of the gentle ridge lines. The best season is during the Lavender Festival which is held every year from late June to mid-July.

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Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (1 hour and 45 minutes) > Kawaguchi-ko Station

Fujikyu Bus, JR Bus
Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station > (2 hours and 45 minutes) > Kawaguchi-ko Station
From Kawaguchi-ko Station, it takes about 20 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Bus

Lake Yamanaka-ko Hana-no-Miyako Koen (park)

This is a huge park spreading over an area of approximately 300,000m2 commanding Mt. Fuji. The entire park is beautifully adorned with sunflowers in the summer, and with cosmos from late August to September.

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Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (2 hour and 30 minutes) > Yamanaka-ko Station

Hirano Panorama-dai (observatory)

Climbing up about 100 meters from Lake Yamanaka-ko, you will come to this observatory. Here, you will command a view of Lake Yamanaka-ko below your eyes.

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Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Line > Otsuki Station > 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Sen line to Fujisan Station > 30 minutes on the Fujikyu Bus to Odeyama-Iriguchi bus stop > 20 minutes' walk

Lake Sai-ko 'Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba'

In this park, you can enjoy observing traditional Japanese houses while also viewing Mt. Fuji. This is an ideal place for appreciating typical Japanese landscapes with cherry blossoms in the spring and golden leaves in the autumn.

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Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > Kawaguchi-ko Station (1 hour and 45 minutes) > 25 minutes on the Retro Bus Sai-ko Route > Lake Sai-ko

Lake Motosu-ko



the thousand-yen
the thousand-yen
The picture of Mt. Fuji depicted on the thousand-yen note of Japan is a view seen from this lake.

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Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > Fuji Kyuko Bus (2 hours 10 minutes) >Lake Motosu-ko
Operated only on Saturdays, Sundays and on National Holidays during the winter season.

Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Sen line > Otsuki Station > 60 minutes by bus > Lake Motosu-ko

Asagiri-kogen Highlands


This is a vast plateau located at the western foot of Mt. Fuji, and has been named Asagiri (literally, "morning mist") because it is veiled in mist between May and August. Its guest ranches and camping sites make it an ideal spot for family visits.

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Train & Bus
Tokyo Station > Tokaido Shinkansen Line (about 1 hour) > JR Shin-Fuji Station > about 1 hour on the Fuji Kyuko Bus > Asagiri-kogen bus stop

Lake Tanuki-ko


This lake which lies within the vast Asagiri-kogen Highlands is especially famous for the mystical image of Mt. Fuji that is reflected on its water surface.

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Train & Bus
Tokyo Station > Tokaido Shinkansen Line (about 1 hour) > JR Shin-Fuji Station > about 1 hour on the Fuji Kyuko Bus > Asagiri-kogen bus stop
Tokyo Station > 43 minutes on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line > Mishima Station > 29 minutes on the Tokaido Honsen line > 17 minutes on the Minobu Sen line > JR Fujinomiya Station > about 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Bus > Tanuki-ko bus stop, from where it is a 15-minute walk

Oshino-mura


Situated to the north of Mt. Fuji, Oshino-mura is a village blessed with a rich natural environment, such as Oshino Hakkai (Eight Ponds of Oshino) known for their spring water. Mt. Fuji seen from this peaceful countryside is called 'Oshino Fuji' and is very popular.
In the Japanese garden 'Hikobe'e Yashiki' (fees charged) adjacent to the minshuku guest house 'Masu-no-Ie', you can command a view of Mt. Fuji beyond the water mill.

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Keio Bus, Fuji Kyuko Bus
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal > (2 hours and 10 minutes) > Oshino Hakkai bus stop
Train & Bus
Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 10 minutes on the JR Chuo Sen line > Otsuki Station > 50 minutes on the Fuji Kyuko Sen line to Fujisan Station > 20 minutes on the Fujikyu Bus > Oshino bus stop

Lake Ashino-ko, Hakone


Hakone is a leading hot-spring resort of Japan. Mt. Fuji soars up in a majestic manner across Lake Ashino-ko where there float pleasure boats. This spot is recommended especially because of the convenient transportation facilities available from Tokyo.

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Train:
Odakyu Shinjuku Station > 1 hour and 25 minutes by Limited-stop Express > Hakone-Yumoto Station > Hakone Tozan Railway & Hakone Tozan Cable Car > 40 minutes

Shinjuku Station > 2 hours and 10 minutes on the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus > Hakone Togendai bus stop

Nihondaira Ropeway, Shizuoka Prefecture

The hilltop of Nihondaira, where a huge panoramic view unfolds before your eyes, is connected by this ropeway with "Kuno-zan Toshogu shrine" which has deep associations with Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Train & Bus
Tokyo Station > about 1 hour on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line > JR Shizuoka Station > about 35 minutes on the Shizutetsu Bus

Tagonoura Port & Fuji-to-Minato-no-Mieru Koen Park, Fuji-shi


This location appeared in the Man'yoshu (Collection of a myriad leaves), the oldest anthology of waka poems in Japan. Today, it is a fishing port. On the small hill to the east of the port, there is the Fuji-to-Minato-no-Mieru Koen ('Park with a View of Mt. Fuji and the Port').

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Train
Tokyo Station> about 1 hour on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line > Mishima Station > about 30 minutes on the Tokaido Honsen line > JR Yoshiwara Station, from where it is a 10-minute walk

Miho-no-Matsubara, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka

Mt.Fuji
Miho-no-Matsubara
Ranked among the three most beautiful landscapes of Japan (the new three most beautiful views in Japan as well as the three most scenic pine groves in Japan), the Miho-no-Matsubara has been sung in the tanka or thirty-one syllabled verse since ancient times. In the distance, beyond the Japanese black pine grove and Suruga Bay, you will be able to see Mt. Fuji.

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Train & Bus
Tokyo Station > about 1 hour on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line > Shizuoka Station > about 10 minutes on the Tokaido Honsen line > Shimizu Station > about 15 minutes on the Shizutestu Justline