Mt. Fuji presents different beauties depending on which season you visit the mountain. This article will introduce how each season makes Mt. Fuji special.
Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan), located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain peak in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” (三霊山 Sanreizan) along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan’s Historic Sites. It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013. As per UNESCO, Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries”. UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mt. Fuji locality. These 25 locations include the mountain itself, Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine and six other Sengen shrines, two lodging houses, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Kawaguchi, the eight Oshino Hakkai hot springs, two lava tree molds, the remains of the Fuji-kō cult in the Hitoana cave, Shiraito Falls, and Miho no Matsubara pine tree grove; while on the low alps of Mount Fuji lies the Taisekiji temple complex, where the central base headquarters of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism is located.
No.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.
You can get more information about shibazakura here. Shibazakura – A Pink Carpet Sakura Produced By Nature
No.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.
No.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!
No.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!
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) Hotel: Booking here!!