Introducing Mt. Fuji from Yoshiwara | Stunning Scenery of Japan | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Mt. Fuji adrift on an ever-changing sea of clouds

A breathtaking vista, with Mt. Fuji rising like an island from a vast sea of clouds. Located near the sea, Yoshiwara offers a comparatively high probability of seeing an unkai, or sea of clouds. The landscape assumes many different faces depending on meteorological conditions like wind and degree of humidity, and where sometimes a thick blanket of clouds may cover the whole region, at other times a just thin mist hangs only in the valleys. Mountains and clouds alike burn red at sunrise. In particular, the phenomenon known as "Yoshiwara Enjo" (Yoshiwara Ablaze) is a visual feast which can be seen on a clear morning immediately after the passing of a typhoon. This magnificent spectacle is truly overwhelming.

※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★★★
  • Feeling:
  • Divine

Travel advice

Zengen-ji Temple and environs are a good place from which to enjoy the outstanding scenery, but it's easy to get lost on the way there, so care must be taken. It's especially easy to get lost in the gloom of early morning, so for first-timers, it's probably better to check the route during the daytime before you go. Unkai form most easily on warm mornings after a rainy night, so the likelihood of seeing one decreases in the dry months of fall and winter. Wind is also a factor, so check the weather first.

The pleasure of travel: Yoshiwara

Another recommended spot for viewing Mt. Fuji with access from Shizuoka Station is Nihondaira, about 40 minutes from the station by bus. The spot affords contrasting views of tea plantations and Suruga Bay. Those who also want to enjoy gourmet cuisine certainly won't be disappointed by the delicious hot stew called Shizuoka oden. Just a stone's throw from Shizuoka Station there is Aoba Yokocho, which is lined with so many Shizuoka oden eateries that a visit may well turn into an "oden-crawl". A further example of Shizuoka's specialty produce is sakura shrimp, which is unloaded at places like Yui Port. A quintessential Shizuoka landscape can be seen twice a year in spring and fall in the area around Fuji River, which is turned pink with all the plots of sakura shrimp being dried ready for table.

Nihondaira

Shizuoka oden

Stunning Scenery

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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Kakegawa Omatsuri]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Gion Matsuri]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [The Wisteria of Takehana Betsuin]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Mt. Fuji and dried radish]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Nightscape of factories]
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    2. Atami Station
    3. [Hashiriyu]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Osaka Suijo Bus Aqua-Liner]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Shinsekai]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Old Hakone Highway Cedar Avenue]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Shirotori Garden]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Osaka City Central Public Hall]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [Statue of the Eleven-Faced Kannon]
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    2. Toyohashi Station
    3. [Toyohashi's Tezutsu Hand-Held Firew...]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [Tsutenkaku]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Inuyama Castle]
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    2. Odawara Station
    3. [Sagami Bay (Odawara Port)]
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    2. Mikawa-Anjo Station
    3. [DENPARK]
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    2. Shizuoka Station
    3. [Nihondaira]
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    2. Shin-Yokohama Station
    3. [Shomyo-ji Temple]
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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Dream Suspension Bridge Across Suma...]
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    2. Hamamatsu Station
    3. [Ryugashido]
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    2. Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
    3. [Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Sagano Bamboo Forest Path]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Shiraito Falls]
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    2. Shin-Osaka Station
    3. [The Floating Garden in Umeda Sky Bu...]
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    2. Mishima Station
    3. [Shoji-bori in Yamanaka Castle Ruins]
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    2. Mikawa-Anjo Station
    3. [Unryu no Matsu in Eian-ji Temple]
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    2. Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
    3. [Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Tokyo C...]
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    2. Gifu-Hashima Station
    3. [Painted ceiling of Hongaku-ji Temple]
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    2. Odawara Station
    3. [Pampas grass at Sengokuhara]
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    2. Toyohashi Station
    3. [Ikobe Beach]
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    2. Nagoya Station
    3. [Nagoya Castle]
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    2. Atami Station
    3. [Atami Sun Beach]
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    2. Shizuoka Station
    3. [Mt. Fuji from Yoshiwara]
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    2. Shin-Yokohama Station
    3. [Minato Mirai seen from Daikoku Ohashi]
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    2. Kakegawa Station
    3. [Shiosai-bashi]
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    2. Kyoto Station
    3. [Fushimi Inari Shrine]
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    2. Hamamatsu Station
    3. [Nakatajima Sakyu]
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    2. Shin-Fuji Station
    3. [Double-diamond Fuji on Lake Tanuki]

updated on Mar 27, 2015