Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy Japan’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its beauty. Considered sacred and a source of many artistic and spiritual inspiration, Mount Fuji was gazetted a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

Did you know that there is a Mount Fuji Day (富士山の日)? Observed on 23 February, this date was chosen as “Fujisan” can be interpreted as “2-2-3”. While not a national holiday, it is a day to learn about, think about, and reminisce about Mount Fuji, and bring awareness to conserving it for future generations. In Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) and Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県), the two prefectures where Mount Fuji is located in, Mount Fuji Day is a school holiday for elementary, middle, and prefectural high schools. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the best ways to enjoy Mount Fuji in all its glory. From viewpoints to relaxing hot springs, Mount Fuji is a sight to behold, captivating the hearts of many visitors worldwide, and what better day to think about Mount Fuji and plan your visit than on Mount Fuji Day?

 

① See Mount Fuji from Various Viewpoints

There are countless options of attractions, scenic parks, ropeways, and pleasure cruises that offer breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, coupled with convenient access. With crisp, dry air and cool temperatures, winter is one of the best seasons to get a clear view of Mount Fuji

 

Snow-capped Mount Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda in Winter
Winter view of Mount Fuji and Chureito Pagoda from Arakurayama Sengen Park. | Photo by photoAC

The Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖 Kawaguchiko) area is home to many such options, and our top picks are the Arakurayama Sengen Park (新倉山浅間公園), where you can enjoy a classic view of Mount Fuji with the bright red Chureito Pagoda, and the Mt. FUJI PANORAMIC ROPEWAY (富士山パノラマロープウェイ), which takes you to the top of Mount Tenjo, where you can enjoy panoramic vistas of the natural beauty of Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and their surroundings.

 

Mount Fuji from Mishima Skywalk
Mishima Skywalk. | Photo by photoAC

Did you know that some attractions around Mount Fuji offer discounts on admission on Mount Fuji Day! Last year, Mishima Skywalk (三島スカイウォーク) in Shizuoka Prefecture, which offers thrilling views of Mount Fuji from a 400m-long pedestrian suspension bridge, offered free admission to the first 2,230 visitors on Mount Fuji Day. 

The Kawaguchiko Museum of Art (河口湖美術館) in Yamanashi Prefecture, which exhibits a large collection of Mount Fuji-related paintings and photos, offered free admission for all. Shizuoka Prefecture’s Mount Fuji World Heritage Center (静岡県富士山世界遺産センター) also offered free admission for all. There’s no better way to spend Mount Fuji Day than to learn more about and appreciate Mount Fuji!

 

② Enjoy Mount Fuji from A Relaxing Onsen Bath

Mount Fuji from an onsen hot spring bath
Relax at a hot spring while enjoying a view of Mount Fuji. | Photo by photoAC

Enjoy an amazing view of Mount Fuji right from the comfort of your bath—that’s what a stay at a hot spring resort around Mount Fuji can give you. In addition to being relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing, getting to bask in an unobstructed, fantastic view of Japan’s highest mountain while soaking in warm waters, doesn’t that sound wonderful?

 

Plenty of hot springs around Mount Fuji
Spoilt for hot spring choices. | Photo by photoAC

Mount Fuji is an active volcano, and it makes sense that the areas surrounding are home to geothermal hot springs. Popular hot spring resort areas with great views of Mount Fuji include the Hakone (箱根) and the Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖 Fujigoko) area, with one of the most well-loved and accessible being Lake Kawaguchiko. With endless options ranging from open-air outdoor baths (露天風呂 rotenburo), to traditional wooden baths, to private en-suite baths, you can take your pick and choose your preferred bath-time view of Mount Fuji.

 

③ See Mount Fuji from A Roller Coaster Ride

When thinking of theme parks in Japan, you may have heard of Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan, but do you know of Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド)? Located at the foot of Mount Fuji, this is the place to go if you enjoy thrilling rollercoasters. 

 

Mount Fuji with a roller coaster ride from Fuji-Q Highlands
Fuji-Q Highland, a theme park offering views of Mount Fuji. | Photo by Carissa Loh

Fuji-Q Highland has a number of blood-pumping and heart-stopping rollercoasters, some of which hold Guinness World Records for things like having the world’s steepest drop―Takabisha (高飛車) at 121˚, the highest total number of inversions in the world―Eejanaika (ええじゃないか) with 14, and the world’s fastest launch acceleration―Dodonpa (ドドンパ), which goes from 0 to 180km/h in 1.56 seconds. 

 

Some of the world's record-breaking rides are here in Fuji-Q
FUJIYAMA and a view of Mount Fuji while queuing for the ride. | Photo by Carissa Loh.

At Fuji-Q Highland, the ride with the longest queue is more often than not the King of Coasters FUJIYAMA (Fujiyama is another way of reading the characters “富士山”). The highlight of this rollercoaster is being able to bask in gorgeous, open-air views of Mount Fuji as you go up and down and all around. Leisurely enjoy the majestic sight of Mount Fuji as the ride climbs up 79m, and for a brief moment you might forget you are on a rollercoaster…until you quickly start dropping down and going up, again and again. This ride will leave you feeling a rollercoaster of mixed emotions: was the Mount Fuji view worth the thrilling ride? Ask many riders and their answers will be a resounding “Yes!”.



④ Climb Mount Fuji

Prior to COVID-19, close to 300,000 people climbed Mount Fuji each year, making it one of the most-climbed mountains in the world. With trailheads starting at around 2,300m, the climb is doable for beginners, with many families bringing their elementary school children along for family hikes.

 

Viewing the sunrise from Mount Fuji
Sunrise from the top of Mount Fuji. | Photo by Pixabay

The official climbing season is in summer, between July and early September, so although you can’t climb Mount Fuji on Mount Fuji Day, you can spend the day thinking about it and start planning for your summer climb (Mountain Day or Yama-no-Hi falls on every 11 August)! 

 

A line of hikers approaching the summit of Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji can get very crowded on weekends. | Photo by photoAC

There are four routes to get to the peak of Mount Fuji, with the most popular being the yellow Yoshida (Kawaguchiko) Route starting in Yamanashi Prefecture, followed by the blue Fujinomiya (Subaru) Route starting in Shizuoka Prefecture. Mountain huts on these routes get booked up pretty quickly, so we recommend you to plan your route and which hut you want to stay at, and make the reservations as soon as you can.

 

⑤ Frolic with Mount Fuji in Fields of Flowers

Not a climber? Don’t worry, many people feel the same way. There is a Japanese saying regarding climbing Mount Fuji: “富士山に一度も登らぬばかに、二度登るばか”, which translates to "He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool".

Indeed, Mount Fuji’s beauty is best enjoyed from afar. Why not spend this Mount Fuji Day contemplating which views you’d like to see, and start planning your trips? There are so many beautiful spots around Mount Fuji, with spring and summer being the most enchanting seasons to witness colourful floral blooms of various colours.

 

Moss phlox and lavender with a view of Mount Fuji.
Moss phlox and lavender with a view of Mount Fuji. | Photo by Carissa Loh

Feeling like a perky pink? Check out the Mount Fuji Shibazakura Festival (富士芝桜まつり) in late April to early May, where fields of vivid pink moss phlox blanket the area around Lake Motosu (本栖湖 Motosuko). How about a lazy day with lavender? Then check out the Kawaguchiko Herb Festival (河口湖ハーブフェスティバル) in late May to June, where blooming lavenders fill the air with their soothing scents. 

 

Flowers galore at Hananomiyako Park
Flowers galore at Hananomiyako Park. | Photo by photoAC

Undecided? Then check out Lake Yamanaka’s (山中湖) Hananomiyako Park (花の都公園), a sprawling 300,000-square-metre floral paradise where you can enjoy terrific tulips in May, pretty poppies in July, cheery yellow sunflowers in August, dainty white soba flowers in September, and more―there’s something to see all throughout spring to autumn.

 

Bonus: Eat Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji Curry Rice Plate
Mount Fuji Curry. | Photo by photoAC

A visit to view Mount Fuji isn’t complete without Mount Fuji-themed food and souvenirs. One of the most popular dishes to try out in the Mount Fuji area is Mount Fuji Curry (富士山カレー)―warm, fluffy rice piled into a conical shape resembling Mount Fuji, paired with a generous helping of hearty Japanese curry. There are take home packs for you to bring home to your family and friends, and there is even a special blue curry, where the curry sauce is blue to make your dish further resemble Mount Fuji!

 

Mount Fuji Cookies
Cute cookies in the shape of Mount Fuji. | Photo by photoAC

For something that can’t go wrong, how about Mount Fuji-shaped cookies or chocolate to commemorate your visit? Coming in a variety of flavours and colours like chocolate (brown), green tea (green), strawberry (pink) and more, you can treat your friends to a variety of cute confectioneries.

 

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Carissa Loh

Having visited all 47 prefectures of Japan, Carissa's next goal in life is to ride all of Japan's sightseeing trains and climb all its 100 Famous Mountains. Sounds like a dream? Check back in 50 years.

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If you're intrigued by Japan’s unique food culture, you've likely heard about mochi (餅), a...

A Celebration of Colour and Cuisine: Exploring Five of Japan’s Most Beautiful Autumn Destinations
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A Celebration of Colour and Cuisine: Exploring ...

Unveiling Japan's Autumn Magic There's something undeniably magical about autumn in Japan. As the scorching summer retreats, it gives way to the cooler, softer, and gentler autumn season. The transformation...

Sue Lynn Autumn

A Celebration of Colour and Cuisine: Exploring ...

Unveiling Japan's Autumn Magic There's something undeniably magical about autumn in Japan. As the scorching...

November Maker’s Story: Ragueneau Sasaki from Hirosaki City, Aomori
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November Maker’s Story: Ragueneau Sasaki from H...

It’s time to “fall” in love with autumn! At JAPAN RAIL CLUB, we are delighted to bring you the flavours of Japan’s autumn in this month’s “Autumn Breeze” Omiyage Snack...

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November Maker’s Story: Ragueneau Sasaki from H...

It’s time to “fall” in love with autumn! At JAPAN RAIL CLUB, we are delighted...

A Beginner's Guide to Aki (秋): The Best Period, Spots, and Tips to Enjoy Japan's Autumn
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A Beginner's Guide to Aki (秋): The Best Period,...

When is the best time and where are the best places to enjoy autumn in Japan? Here is a beginner’s guide to Japan’s autumn.

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A Beginner's Guide to Aki (秋): The Best Period,...

When is the best time and where are the best places to enjoy autumn in...

From Beans to Brew: Exploring Japanese Coffee Culture
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From Beans to Brew: Exploring Japanese Coffee C...

About Japanese Coffee When people think about beverages from Japan, tea usually comes to mind. But, let's not overlook Japan's robust coffee culture. Coffee, or kōhī (コーヒー) as it's called...

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From Beans to Brew: Exploring Japanese Coffee C...

About Japanese Coffee When people think about beverages from Japan, tea usually comes to mind....

The Railway Museum in Japan
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One Ticket to Railway Day, Please: Exploring Ja...

Japan is known for its efficient and extensive railway network, which plays a vital and integral role in the daily lives of millions of people. So it's only fitting that there...

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One Ticket to Railway Day, Please: Exploring Ja...

Japan is known for its efficient and extensive railway network, which plays a vital and...

Shopfront of a train themed lifestyle shop Trainiart in Tokyo Station
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October Maker’s Story: Railway Goods from TRAIN...

In line with the theme of “Tetsudo Encounters” this month, it's only fitting that we feature a snack from the shelves of TRAINIART. We recently visited the Gransta Tokyo Station...

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October Maker’s Story: Railway Goods from TRAIN...

In line with the theme of “Tetsudo Encounters” this month, it's only fitting that we...

Behold the Harvest Moon: Exploring Japan's Otsukimi Festival
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Behold the Harvest Moon: Exploring Japan's Otsu...

One festival stands out after the succession of extravagant firework and dance festivals as summer draws to a close. From the mesmerising full-moon-viewing practices to savouring delicious tsukimi dango, Otsukimi offers an...

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Behold the Harvest Moon: Exploring Japan's Otsu...

One festival stands out after the succession of extravagant firework and dance festivals as summer...

Taiyaki
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The Art of Japanese Sweets: Exploring Tradition...

From the traditional wagashi to modern adaptations, Japanese sweets are a delightful exploration of taste and tradition. Let's embark on a journey to discover the art of Japanese sweets—such as...

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The Art of Japanese Sweets: Exploring Tradition...

From the traditional wagashi to modern adaptations, Japanese sweets are a delightful exploration of taste...

Savour the Ocean: Exploring Must-Try Japanese Seafood Snacks
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Savour the Ocean: Exploring Must-Try Japanese S...

If there's one thing Japan is known for, it's the country's incredible range of seafood. Surrounded by the sea, Japan's geographic position has significantly influenced its culinary traditions, with seafood...

Snack Lover Japanese Snacks

Savour the Ocean: Exploring Must-Try Japanese S...

If there's one thing Japan is known for, it's the country's incredible range of seafood....

Friendly staff at Japanese snack shop
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September Maker's Story: Rabbit motif snacks fr...

Hailing from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Hamausagi has been making rabbit-themed snacks and confections for over 90 years.

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September Maker's Story: Rabbit motif snacks fr...

Hailing from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Hamausagi has been making rabbit-themed snacks and confections for over...

japan festival food yakisoba
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What your favourite Japanese summer festival fo...

During the hot months of July and August, summer festivals (夏祭り natsu matsuri) are held all around Japan where celebrations take shape in the form of mesmerising dances (Awa Odori,...

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What your favourite Japanese summer festival fo...

During the hot months of July and August, summer festivals (夏祭り natsu matsuri) are held...

5 Exciting Fireworks Festivals in East Japan to Catch This Summer
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5 Exciting Fireworks Festivals in East Japan to...

Summer in Japan is incomplete without a spectacle of fireworks! East Japan, where major cities like Tokyo, Sendai, Nagano, and Yokohama are located, is home to many exciting displays of...

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5 Exciting Fireworks Festivals in East Japan to...

Summer in Japan is incomplete without a spectacle of fireworks! East Japan, where major cities...