Mount Fuji took me by surprise and inspired me. With the knowledge that you can actually drive to a higher point on Mount Fuji via one of the 5th stations, than exists on the Australian continent even on our highest mountain, I was expecting something significant. Even after seeing Mount Cook in New Zealand which is almost the same height, the singular peak of Mount Fuji is so stand-alone, defined and accessible that it appears more impressive.
On first view, the snow capped peak of Mount Fuji it was simply an area of lighter coloured sky as we drove in from the West. Like a giant white pacman ghost in the sky that I could barely see. The base wasn’t even visible at this distance. I wasn’t even sure it was what I was seeing until with distance detail slowly resolved through the haze.
I photographed Mount Fuji a lot in infrared as I felt it added visual drama. In retrospect we learned that many people come here and never see the top of Mount Fuji. We saw it for three days!
You may not even see it, but that tiny white smudge above the peak is a full sized commercial plane with trail. There is also the tiniest bump towards the right hand side of the peak that is actually a large building. Yes there are buildings and even vending machines at the peak!
More infrared of Mount Fuji. I was determined to find a road that had a clear view of Mount Fuji, although didn’t explore the 5th station roads because of sickness.
A bit more of a high key version of Mount Fuji to play off the bird on the right.
The Kubota Itchiku Art Museum is a must see in the Mount Fuji region. It documents the creations of master Kimono maker and artist Kubota Itchiku. The artist even created the eclectic buildings and gardens that house the collection!
Jinba-No-Taki Falls. There are some great waterfalls in the region with the Shiraito Falls being the most famous. We went to Shiraito at dusk, but it was too dark to photograph even with long exposures, at least of a length that was practical at the time, and with the light falling behind the falls it was all a little average in terms of lighting. I would suggest going there perhaps with overhead sun so the falls can be viewed fully without a split between light and shadow.
I would recommend anyone coming to see Mount Fuji ensure they are here for at least a few days to give themselves the best chance of seeing it. While we were there, cherry blossom wasn’t blooming fully as it was running late. So we didn’t focus too much on the popular combination of the two.
If you want to read more about Japan, check out Ten ways Japan surprised me, linked below!