Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, is famous not only for it’s height but also for the beautiful scenery it presents. Since there is a lot of nature around the mountain, you can enjoy different views depending on which season you visit. This page will introduce the four different beauties Mt. Fuji presents and what is special about each of them.
#1. Mt. Fuji in Spring
Spring is a great season to visit Japan. The weather is pleasant, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the food is great, etc. However, visiting Mt. Fuji in the spring time is something more than great. Here are 2 reasons why visitiing Mt. Fuji in the spring time is special.
The Cherry Blossoms
As mentioned above, and as everybody knows, spring is the season of cherry blossoms. Therefore, in the spring, people can see Mt. Fuji and the beautiful cherry blossoms together. With the symbolic figure “Mt. Fuji” and the iconic flower “Cherry Blossom” together, tourists will be able to enjoy a truly “Japanese-like” view. This sounds great enough, but that’s not it. There is one more thing that is special about Mt. Fuji in the spring time.
Near Mt. Fuji, there are plenty of shibazakura (moss phlox). They bloom in mid-April to the end of May, shortly after the cherry blossoms. The flowers look a lot like cherry blossoms, but come in darker colors, allowing visitors to enjoy the vivid bright pink color spread in front of themselves.
#2. Mt. Fuji in Summer
Though the temperature may get high and it may be a bit humid in the summertime in Tokyo, around Mt. Fuji, it is much cooler and pleasant. Not only is it the climbing season but also it is the season when Mt. Fuji looks beautiful with the blue summer sky in it’s background. However, that is not only what makes Mt. Fuji in the summertime special.
If spring were the season that Mt. Fuji is surrounded by the color pink (cherry blossoms, moss phloxes), summer is the season colder colors such as blue and purple color the scenery around Mt. Fuji. Around Mt. Fuji, there are several large lavender fields, where you can enjoy the beautiful sight of lavenders with Mt. Fuji in the background. The flowers start blooming in the end of July, peak in the beginning of July, and end in the end of July. If you ever have a chance to visit Mt. Fuji around that time of the year, going to see the lavenders is a must do thing.
Not only is summer the season for lavenders, but also is the season all plants are full of life. If you visit Mt. Fuji in the summertime, you will be able to enjoy the deep green color of trees and the clear blue summer sky at the same time. The clear contrast of the blue of sky, the green of trees, the white of clouds, is beyond-words-beautiful. It is definitely something you want to see if you are in Japan.
#3. Mt. Fuji in Autumn
Since there is so much to see in the autumn in Japan; seeing the autumn leaves in Kyoto, going to autumn festivals. eating autumn sweets, etc. However, going to see Mt. Fuji is also something that could be very appeailng. Here are the reasons why.
The Autumn Leaves
The autumn leaves in Kyoto may be famous, but don’t forget… You can also enjoy the autumn leaves around Mt. Fuji!! The autumn leaves near Mt. Fuji can be seen beautifully usually during the end of October to November. Every year, there is an autumn leave festival held around that time of the year, so go take a look if you are in Japan!
#4. Mt. Fuji in Winter
Though visiting Mt. Fuji is thought to be more of a summer thing than a winter thing, there are many reasons why visiting Mt. Fuji in the winter could be better than visiting it in the summer. Here’s why.
The Diamond Fuji
From the end of November to mid-February, you can see the sun rising right above the top of Mt. Fujij. This is called “Diamond Mt. Fuji” and is known to be a mysterious, beautiful sight which is definitely worth seeing. It is said that the best place to see this phenomenon is at Lake Yamanaka, so if you want to see this fantastic view with your own eyes, Lake Yamanaka is the place you want to go!
The Ice Candle Festival
As part of celebrating the “Diamond Fuji”, in the winter, there is a festival called the “Ice Candle Festival”, where you can see tons of candles lightening the winter sky near Mt. Fuji. The candles there are all “ice candles” that are natural made in the cold. The festival is usually held in February, so if you want to spend a romantic Valentine’s day vacation, Mt. Fuji will be a great choice!
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Accesss by bus:
・The Chuo Highway Bus from Shinjuku Station to Fujisan-Kawaguchiko-Gogoume Station (2 hours 40 minutes)
・The Tomei Highway Bus from Tokyo Station to Kawaguchiko Station (2 hours 10 minutes)
Access by train:
・The Shinjuku Chuo Line / Fuji Express Line from Shinjuku Station – Kawaguchiko Station (3 hours)
・The Tokaido Express from Tokyo Station to Shinfuji Station (1 hour 10 minutes)
Website: Mt. Fuji