Mount Fuji is one of the best-known symbols of Japan. Its snowy peak rises 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) above the largest island of Japan, Honshu, about 100 kilometers south of Tokyo. Besides being beautiful, it is also an active volcano and the tallest volcano in Japan.

Scientists monitor Mount Fuji constantly to ensure the safety of everyone as well as expand their knowledge of the unique geology of Japan.Every year, thousands of climbers ascend the slopes, following a traditional pilgrimage route up this sacred mountain.

As one of the most photographed locations in Japan, there are many wonderful places to get a great view of Mount Fuji. Every season and angle brings out a unique side of this great mountain. Japan’s many nearby lakes, forests, and fields all provide perfect frames for the epic views of Mount Fuji.

Here are eight places where you can get the best views of Mount Fuji:

1. Northern Shore of Lake Kawaguchiko

Beautiful fall colors, Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji! Photo Credit: skyseeker at Flickr.

This is the easiest to access of the Fuji Five Lakes, a lake resort area with plenty to offer for those traveling from nearby Tokyo. There are train and bus stations nearby, making it a great option for anyone looking for a break from the busy city.

On the northern shore, you’ll get some of the best views (and photos) of Mount Fuji in Japan. In spring, the nearby cherry trees will be in bloom, while in fall, the leaves of the maple trees will turn vibrant shades of red. There’s plenty to do here besides enjoy the wonderful views, including hot spring baths and many different museums.

Read about the best places to see autumn leaves in Fuji Five Lakes area.

2. Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida

Chureito Pagoda during cherry blossom season. Photo Credit: Reginald Pentinio at Flickr.

Located in Arakurayama Sengen Park, this pagoda provides some incredible views of Mount Fuji in a uniquely Japanese setting. The “Five-Story Pagoda” has only recently come into the spotlight. There are 398 stone steps to reach the pagoda viewing area, making it quite a workout, though the view is well worth the effort.

In the spring, the pagoda is surrounded by cherry blossom trees in bloom and there is a yearly cherry blossom festival, which has grown increasingly popular. The view of Mount Fuji over the cherry blossoms us uniquely spectacular.

This page reveals the top places to see cherry blossoms in Fuji Five Lakes area.

3. Lake Ashi, Hakone

Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji in the distance. Photo Credit: Quercus acuta at Wikimedia Commons.

This iconic lake offers a unique vista, with its distinct red torii gate standing in front distant Mount Fuji. You can enjoy wonderful views by taking one of the boat tours around the lake, which feature tours in Japanese, English, and Chinese. If you have a valid license, you can also rent a speed boat.

For a more leisurely (and cute) experience, there are also swan boats you can take out on the lake, complete with little top hats on their heads. The area features a few pleasant onsen towns that are ideal for those wanting a nice place to stay overnight or even for a quiet weekend.

Hakone is one of the most popular places in Japan to see autumn leaves. If you are interested in knowing about Hakone’s top fall foliage spots, I highly recommend you to read this page.

4. Saiko Iyashi-no Sato Nenba

Iyashi no Sato, a traditional Japanese village on the western shores of Lake Saiko. Photo Credit: Town of Fujikawaguchiko.

This ‘healing village’ is an attempt to recreate the shores of Lake Saiko as they once appeared: lined with traditional thatched-roof houses with Mount Fuji in the background. There are twenty cottages for you to visit. Inside, you can enjoy displays and activities detailing the life of the villagers who once lived in this area in homes like these.

There are also shops and places to eat. The quaint buildings with their incredible backdrop will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The view and the experience are unique and are a great addition to any trip to central Japan.

5. Oshino Hakkai

Hannoki Bayashi Shiryokan, an open air museum of Oshino Hakkai. Photo Credit: Oshino Village Sightseeing Association.

Centered around eight ponds, Oshino Hakkai sits at the base of Mount Fuji. The ponds are natural occurrences, caused by the volcanic activity of the area. They are renowned as sources of mineral-rich spring water. Bridges and pathways lead you all around and across these eight pools of water, all with Mount Fuji rising up in the distance.

Some of the ponds are home to koi fish. You can drink and even bottle some of this special water. The area also offers a great gift shop and places to get coffee and snacks. Every season offers its own unique flair to the scenery and Oshino Hakkai is open year-round.

6. Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Mount Fuji and Pink Shibazakura. Photo Credit: Reginald Pentinio at Flickr.

In late spring, pinks moss blooms throughout Japan and one of the best places to see it is at the Fuji Shibazakura Festival near Lake Motosuko. The festival occurs from mid-April to early June, offering a wide window of opportunity for visitors to see a carpet of pink flowers with Mount Fuji rising above.

The festival is extremely popular and you can buy a variety of souvenirs and food at its stands. The vibrant, living colors and unique scenery make it one of the most unique and best views in the world.

7. Fuji Q Highland

Fuji Q Highland, an amusement park in Fujiyoshida. Photo Credit: FUJIKYUKO CO., LTD. & FUJIKYU HIGHLAND.

This thrilling amusement park is located in the Fuji Five Lakes area. It is well-known for its amazing, unique rides and anime themes. It’s one of the most high-tech amusement parks in the world, breaking several Guinness World Records with its one-of-a-kind roller coasters.

There are attractions here for all ages and levels of thrill-seekers here. The views of Mount Fuji from the park are incredible, especially if you are on one of its taller rides. The nearby area offers great lodging and onsen to relax after a busy day at the theme park.

8. Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway

The view of Mt. Fuji from an observation deck near the peak of Mount Tenjo. Photo Credit: Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway.

It can be hard to find a truly panoramic view of Mount Fuji and the surrounding area, but here that’s what it’s all about! This ropeway ascends 400 meters up from the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko to almost the top of Mount Tenjo, where an observation deck has been built.

Most people opt to take a round trip on the ropeway, but for the adventurous, there is a hiking trail up to the observation deck. The ropeway and trail are wonderful ways to get a wide view of Mount Fuji that is hard to find anywhere nearby thanks to the lush forests and lakes in the area.