Chureito Pagoda
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Best Views of Mt. Fuji That Are Totally Bucket List Worthy

Chureito Pagoda

Fuji-san is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of the land of the rising sun and it is incredibly beautiful. If you are planning a trip to Japan, here are top six spots to enjoy the best views of Mt. Fuji.

1. Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda

We’ve all probably seen pictures of a gorgeous red pagoda next to Mt. Fuji. Yet whenever I bring up the name, no one seems to have a clue as to what I’m talking about. It of course doesn’t help either that there’s limited information about it online. That being said, here is everything you need to know about visiting Chureito Pagoda.

Chureito Pagoda Chureito Pagoda

Getting Here

Keep in mind that the pagoda is situated within a shrine called Arakura Sengen Shrine. The easiest way to reach Chureito Pagoda is to depart from Tokyo.

Arakura Sengen Shrine

If you have a Japan Rail Pass, take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station. Next, transfer to the Fujikyuko Line (which is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass) to Shimoyoshida Station. From there, the shrine is a 20-minute walk away.

Alternatively, you can also take the Fujikyu or Keio Bus from Shinjuku Bus Terminal. Hop off at Kawaguchiko Station then take the Fujikyu Railway Line to Shimoyoshida Station. From there, it’s the same walk as the previous route. Exit the station and take a right. There are signs as well as pictures of the pagoda on stone pavements all along the way.

Arakura Sengen Shrine

When I visited in 2017, I took the bus. A one-way fare cost 2000 yen (roughly $20 USD or $25 CAD) and the ride lasted no more than two hours. If you plan to visit during cherry blossom season, be sure to reserve your ticket online in advance.

Now I don’t remember exactly how much the subway ride was, but it definitely wasn’t as expensive. (If I remember correctly, there are only about 2-3 stops to Shimoyoshida Station.) If you plan to take public transportation, I recommend to consider getting a Suica card in Japan.

Arakura Sengen Shrine

How to Reach Chureito Pagoda

Once you arrive at the shrine, there are close to 400 steps leading up to Chureito Pagoda. 400 may sound terrifying, but it really isn’t that bad. Trust me. It took me around 15 minutes and I constantly stopped to admire the gorgeous view behind so I’m sure it can be done even quicker.

Chureito PagodaChureito Pagoda is a fantastic idea for a short day trip from Tokyo.

Despite missing the cherry blossom season by a month or two, the view of Mt. Fuji was spectacular nonetheless. I highly recommend that you come here for hanami in March/April!


Try to arrive early in the morning. Mt. Fuji is notoriously known for being shy and clouds can start moving in fairly quick in the late morning to afternoon period.

2. Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival is an annual flower festival that takes place mid-April to the end of May in Fujikawaguchiko. In my opinion, it is the number one best place to see Mt. Fuji. I mean would you just look at that view!? 

Fuji Shibazakura Festival Fuji Shibazakura Festival

For more information on directions and ticket prices, give my Fuji Shibazakura Festival guide a read.

3. Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway

If you’re looking for a little something more romantic, Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway is your pick.

Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway

The ropeway ascends 400 meters from the shore of Lake Kawaguchiko to an observation deck on Mount Tenjo. The name Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway comes from the famous folk story – Kachi Kachi Yama. It it set at Mount Tenjo and tells the tale of a rabbit getting revenge on a raccoon thief.

Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Atop the ropeway are statues of the cartoon rabbit and raccoon, making this a great spot for kids. However, the real attraction here is the Bell of Tenjo (Bell of the Sky), which is a bell for love and good health. It is said that if you ring it facing Mt. Fuji, your wish will come true.

Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Hours of Operation

During regular periods, the ropeway operates from 9:00AM to 5:00PM with last descent scheduled at 5:20PM.

December 1st to February 28 marks their winter season, and the hours are adjusted to 9:30AM to 4:30PM with last descent at 4:50PM.


Roundtrip tickets for adults are 900 yen per person. (Approximately $8 USD or $11 CAD.)

4. Outdoor Onsen/Infinity Pool

Outdoor Onsen

This one’s not really a specific location, but I strongly suggest spending one night at an onsen ryokan that has outdoor onsen (hot spring) baths with views of Mt. Fuji. It is such an incredible experience and if you’re lucky, the ryokan may even serve a little sake for your enjoyment 😉

Outdoor Onsen Outdoor Onsen Outdoor Onsen

Please note that Japanese onsens are enjoyed completely nude and photography is strictly not allowed at any public bath. Fortunately, I was alone so I quickly snapped a few photos on my phone for this post. You can find more information on this specific outdoor onsen here.

Enoshima Island SpaPhoto from Enoshima Island Spa.

If an onsen ryokan is out of your budget or you are rushed on time, look no further than Enoshima Island Spa. As its name suggests, this spa is located on Enoshima Island and is a fun day trip from Yokohama or Kamakura. Again, photography is not permitted, but check out some of these sunset photos.

Enoshima Island Spa Enoshima Island SpaPhoto from

Hours of Operation

April to October is considered regular season. The spa operates from 12:00PM to 8:30PM with night spa beginning at 6:00PM. Last admission is at 7:30PM.

November to March is considered winter season. While hours remain the same, night spa begins at 5:00PM instead. (Last admission is unchanged.)


During regular season, full day entrance is 3,175 yen per person. (~$30 USD or $40 CAD.) Night spa is discounted at 1,965 yen (~$18 USD or $24 CAD).

During winter season, full day entrance is 2,750 yen per person. (~$26 USD or $34 CAD; night spa prices remain unchanged.)


Due to an association with yakuzas/gangsters, tattoos are not permitted at most public onsens. When visiting Enoshima Island Spa, I witnessed several guests get turned away for having tattoos. If you have a tiny one, you may be able cover it with a bandaid or special waterproof tattoo coverings. I advise inquiring in advance just to be sure.

5. Hotel de Yama

Hotel de Yama Hotel de YamaPhotos from Hotel de Yama.

Founded in 1948, Hotel de Yama is one of the most famous hotels in Hakone. In spring, its garden becomes a bright colored painting with pink and red azaleas blooming against a breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.

Hotel de Yama Hotel de Yama Hotel de Yama Hotel de Yama Hotel de YamaMy lovely parents who sometimes get mistaken as my grandparents XDD

Hotel de Yama Hotel de Yama

As mentioned above, Fuji-san is quite timid. We unfortunately didn’t get the best views of Mt. Fuji on the day of our visit. Regardless, the garden itself does make for a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll.

6. Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q HighlandPhoto from

Last but not least on the list of best places to see Mt. Fuji, we have Fuji-Q Highland. It is infamously known for what used to be the world’s tallest and fastest roller coasters. Yes, that’s right. I said roller coasters. You can actually enjoy views of Mt. Fuji from a roller coaster!

Hours of Operation

Please refer to business hours on their website.


One-day pass starts at 6,100 yen per person. (~$58 USD or $76 CAD.)

I am by no means an adrenaline junkie so I enjoyed it from the comfort of my hotel room (which conveniently had a view of it). If you do decide to go, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Planning a trip to Japan soon? Here are 6 must-see places where you can enjoy the absolute best views of Mt. Fuji.

In addition to my six suggestions, these crucial things to know about Japan will help make your trip even more enjoyable. Don’t forget to pin this for later and see you in the next post!

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  1. I’ve been wanting to go to Japan forever, and this just gave me even more wanderlust! The view from the pool looks amazing, I could sit there all day!

    1. The pool was phenomenal!!! You would totally love it there. Hope you get to visit Japan in the near future soon 😉

  2. Thanks for this guide. I’m going to check out these spots on my next trip to Japan. I absolutely love your bright and colourful photo style!

    1. Thanks so much Kat! I’m super in love with you in that pink kimono!! Next time when I revisit I’m for sure gonna try a pink one too and hope you’ll get to cross these off your list as well 🙂

  3. I long to return to Japan and these spots have only added kindle to the fire. Loved the Onsen and that’s hilarious about the couples’ park. You are so fortunate to be living there and able to see these places, and amazing Mt. Fuji, in the different seasons. #blogpostsaturday

    1. Hey Elaine! Boy, what I’d do to be able to live in Japan!! I actually saw these places over my recent five-day trip (technically four because we spent the whole 5th day transporting to the airport to catch our flight) to Japan in May. But it was my 6th visit there so I am very lucky in deed to always be able to return and uncover more of Japan’s beauties. Hope you’ll get to revisit again soon and I definitely recommend checking some of these places out!

  4. Your photos are spectacular! You’ve found some amazing spots to see Mt. Fuji; ones I had no idea existed. I think my favourite is Chureito Pagoda, but I also love onsens, so maybe the onsen too. Saving this for the next time we visit Japan!

    1. Thanks Kim! Glad I was able to inspire you somewhat and I highly highly suggest staying at an onsen ryokan. You’ll love it 😀

  5. DROOL. I was trying to decide which one of these locations is my favorite and was genuinely struggling! They’re all SO gorgeous. It’s a tough call but I think Hotel de Yama is my favorite – those flowers are just to die for. Great photos!

    1. Awwww I probably can’t choose a favorite either. And yes Hotel de Yama is soooooooo pretty with all those flowers! Even though we didn’t see Mt. Fuji because of the weather, it was still a very memorable visit. Have a great day Sally <3

  6. Wow, some amazing views here – great photos! We’re planning on visiting Japan next year so will definitely bookmark these spots – the pagoda in particular looks like a wonderful viewpoint.

    1. Have you planned when to visit specifically? The pagoda is a must if you can fit it into your itinerary and it’d be especially lovely if you can visit during cherry blossom season 🙂

  7. I JUST missed the blooming time for Fuji Shibazakura Festival when I was there in April! Looks so pretty. Great suggestions! I pinned this post!

    1. Aww that’s such a shame! There’s always next time tho, love. Super glad you liked my recommendations and thank you for sharing it!

  8. Love this post Jas, I had no idea you could view Fujisan from so many different places! I’m book marking it for the next time I visit Japan! Hehe my husband is an adrenaline junkie so we did go to Fuji Q Highland and admired it from the rollercoasters! 😛

    1. OMG! Tell me how the rides are if you guys do go!!!!! We passed by at night and they had all these cute lights on, it looked really romantic too hehee. Super happy you enjoyed this post and happy new week Priti! xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Amrita! This is the first time someone’s complimented on my blog layout. You really just made my day!! <3

    1. I’m honestly not a morning person at all so none of these places we went were during the crack of dawn – although we did check out the pink moss festival as soon as it opened and it was already jam packed but I still managed to get some lovely photos 🙂

  9. I must visit Mt Fuji because of these pictures on your blog. I can’t wait to see and feel these places in person. Thanks for this post

  10. Wow! There is so much beauty here! I’m just so mesmerized by how beautiful Japan is! I’m yet to visit. My friend recently visited and I was so impressed by his travel stories! That’s a beautiful list you’ve given. Hoping to get to your beautiful country soon!

    1. Japan is an absolute gem. I’ve visited six times now and it still never gets old. I think you’ll really enjoy it there too 🙂

  11. Your pics are amazing. Japan is definitely on our travel bucket list and I would love to take the kids to Mt. Fuji. Those azaleas at Hotel de Yama photographed beautifully. I’ve never seen so many azaleas in one place. Gorgeous pics.

    1. Much appreciated, Tomi! Hotel de Yama is definitely a hidden gem and Japan in general is a great destination to visit with kids/family. Hope you’ll get to it soon!!

  12. The bright colors, the fragrant flowers that you can almost smell in the photographs, and the total beauty is just breathtaking. Mt. Fuji is definitely on my bucket list of places I would like to visit someday!

    1. You described it even better than me, Jeni! Mt. Fuji is definitely a must-see when in Japan and I hope you’ll get to visit soon 🙂

  13. Those pictures are so beautiful they almost look fake!! That is one place I have on my bucket list! I would love to see those views in real life!

    1. Hahaa thanks Jennifer! I did do a bit of editing especially for the photos that I took on gloomy days but these are definitely bucket list worthy spots and hope you’ll get to experience Mt. Fuji soon in the near future!

  14. My husband and I would love to visit Japan! I think it’s amazing that you shared your journey in Mt. Fuji with us. It’s breathtaking out there. I’d love to see it for myself someday soon.

    1. Japan is an absolute gem and it would make the perfect destination for a lovely couples getaway. Let me know if you ever need any recommendations! 😀

  15. Wow your photos are like a fairytale. You took amazing beautiful pictures I am in such awe of the beauty of MtFiji.

    1. Thank you so much Kiwi!!! The places I visited had such beautiful views that it was hard to take a bad photo!

  16. I haven’t heard much beyond the cherry blossoms and the bamboo garden when it comes to tourism in Japan. Your post introduced me to a completely new face of Japan. I have literally fallen love with every picture you have clicked. The pics with pink flowers are absolutely stunning. Thanks to you, I shall have Japan high up my travel list.

    1. I’m glad to have inspired you to give Japan a visit. It is such a beautiful country and you’ll really love it there 🙂

  17. When it comes to my travel to Japan I have only managed to reach Fukouka but one day I will visit Mt Fuji as it looks absolutely gorgeous with plenty of awesome and glorious views.

    1. This was my sixth visit and only then did I see Mt. Fuji for the first time so I’m sure there are plenty of chances for you. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Louise! Mt. Fuji is definitely bucket-list worthy. Hope you’ll get to witness its beauties in person soon in the near future!!

  18. Wow the photos are simply amazing. Japan has been on my bucket list for years and I’m finally going to Tokyo later this year. I’m so excited!

    1. That’s awesome Diana!!! I was just there last November and I loved it there. Let me know if you need any recommendations 🙂

    1. They really are! This was a super last-minute trip for us so we were lucky to have discovered and caught the moss/flowers in bloom 😀

  19. I am so mesmerised by your photos! Jjust wanted to keep scrolling through the pictures! Specially the photo of the pink moss all around is gorgeous! Which month did you visit in ?? Japan is so beautiful..cant wait to get there!