Be Moved by the Beautiful Scenery! Top 5 Picturesque Spots in Shizuoka Ｗith Views of Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan that is widely known as its national symbol, possesses a kind of delicate beauty that has captured the hearts of people from all over the world. Below are five of the best spots in Shizuoka where you can catch a glorious view of Mt. Fuji.
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1. Lake Tanukiko
Located in one corner of Asagiri Plateau, which spreads at the western foot of Mt. Fuji, Lake Tanukiko is a spot that is famous for the inverted view of Mt. Fuji on its water surface. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji from the eastern part of the lake, which measures about 4km around. For about a week on April 20th and August 20th, you can get a glimpse of the so-called Diamond Fuji phenomenon that is created when the morning sun radiates from the peak of the mountain.
The lakeshore is full of attractions every season, including sakura (cherry blossoms) in the spring and momiji (autumn leaves) in autumn. It is also the perfect place for camping, fishing, boating and hiking.
2. Kumomi Kaigan
Kumomi Kaigan (Kumomi Beach) is a spot in Izu Peninsula’s Matsuzaki Town, which claims to be the “town with the most beautiful view of Mt. Fuji in the world”. This beach is known as one of the most scenic spots in all of Japan, offering views of rocks and cliffs that have been eroded by the waves. On a clear day, you will be able to marvel at Mt. Fuji right in front of you. The view beyond the Ushitsuki-iwa (Ushitsuki Rocks) – a pair of small and large rocks off the coast of this beach – is especially gorgeous.
This beach is also popular as a diving spot. Note that it transforms into a swimming beach in the summer, so it tends to be crowded during that season. There are also free open-air baths around the area that you can use between June and September.
Osezaki in Numazu City is a cape that protrudes from Suruga Bay, the sea gateway to Shizuoka. This cape is also popular for its superb view that interweaves the sea and Mt. Fuji. The vista from the Mt. Fuji View Spot Nishiura-Enashi at the base of the peninsula is highly recommended. From the viewing deck, you will be able to see the cape and Mt. Fuji across Suruga Bay.
The Byakushin Jurin (a forest of evergreen coniferous trees from the Japanese cypress family that are scattered along the shore) that covers the entire cape is also a must-see. It is a rare forest where the trees naturally grow en masse, and it has been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan.
4. Mihonomatsubara Pine Tree Grove
Mihonomatsubara Pine Tree Grove is a scenic spot situated in the Shizuoka City’s Miho Peninsula that has been registered as a part of Mt. Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Approximately 30,000 pine trees line its coast that spans about 7km. You will surely enjoy the contrast of green from the thriving pine trees, blue from the sea, and white from the waves pounding the shore, as well as the stunning beauty of the majestic Mt. Fuji. It is a view that has been the inspiration of various paintings since ancient times, such as works of the famous ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige Utagawa, as well as waka (classic Japanese poems).
If you want to take photos, the perfect spot would be at the edge of the water on the southwest side, around 400m from Hagoro no Matsu (an old pine tree) that is known for its appearance in a legend about a celestial maiden. The area near the wave-dissipating concrete block is the best!
5. Mishima Skywalk
The last spot on this list is Mishima Otsuribashi (Mishima Suspension Bridge), which is located at the western base of Hakone. Walking on this bridge will make you feel like you are walking on air, so it has been nicknamed Mishima Skywalk. The longest suspension bridge in Japan that is designed exclusively for pedestrians, it measures 400m long and 70.6m high. From the top of this bridge, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Mt. Fuji, Suruga Bay, the mountains of Izu and other spots.
There are souvenir shops, restaurants and other facilities around this bridge. Furthermore, there is an observation deck on the north side of the bridge.
Admission fee (round-trip): 1,000 JPY/adult, 500 JPY/junior high and high school students, 200 JPY/elementary school student
Mt. Fuji looks beautiful all the time, but depending on the weather, there are times when it is covered in fog. The best season to come is during winter, when the air is clear. From mid-November until mid-June, you will see Mt. Fuji covered in snow.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.