Rising 3,776 meters above sea level, Mount Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain and most iconic landmark. There are many opportunities for travelers to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji, even if you don't want to climb it. I saw Mt. Fuji from Hakone and highly recommend this viewpoint. It's also easy to get to Hakone from Tokyo - I've included directions below.
When to go to Hakone
If you're a planner, I have some bad news. Trying to plan your trip to see Fuji ahead of time is hard because oftentimes clouds cover the top. It's extremely hard to predict ahead of time which day to go.
The good news is you can have a plan prepared for a couple of spots and then look at Mount Fuji Webcams and keep a close eye on the weather apps. I looked at them every morning, literally waking up at sunrise to check the webcams. If the weather looks good - jump on a JR Train (another great reason to have a JR Pass) and go on a last minute trip to Mt. Fuji!
When you can typically see Mt. Fuji's peak
To increase your chances of success, try to see the mountain in the early mornings or late afternoons, especially during the colder winter months when visibility tends to better than compared to during summer. The mountain's famous snow cap is typically visible from around November to around May.
Best spot to see Mt. Fuji
As for the best spot, there is no one true answer to finding the best view of Mt. Fuji.
Check out this article on all the different viewpoints for Mt. Fuji.
How to get from Hakone to Mt. Fuji
- First, navigate from your hotel/hostel to the Tokyo Station
- From Tokyo station, follow signs to Shinkansen (aka the bullet train)
- Board the Shinkansen on the Tokaido line to Odawara
- In Odawara, transfer to the private Odakyu Railway (Hakone Tozan Line) for the rest of the journey to Hakone-Yumoto
Other things to see in Hakone
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
A super common question I get is what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I mostly use this wide angle lens made by Sigma. It's awesome for travel photography - I am seriously obsessed with it.
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