Mount Fuji

Depicted on the thousands and thousands of artworks, Mount Fuji is probably the most widely recognisable symbol of Japan. It is absolutely ubiquitous: it is in the classic Japanese poetry and on the logos of the high-tech companies, on the ancient woodblock prints and on the modern photographs. There is probably no man on Earth who haven't seen the iconic perfectly shaped cone of the dormant volcano at least once in his life.

The mount is 3776 meters high, the highest in Japan, and dominates the surroundings. No wonder it was considered sacred for a long time. Nowadays it is quite easy to climb it in the summer months. You can even find an accommodation and the hot meals on its summit, yet it could be a little bit pricy. If you are on a budget, you don't even need to visit Japan. Just climb the Fuji-san virtually, on the special Google Street View page.

However, despite all the luxuries and conveniences of contemporary life, it is still not that easy to get a good picture of the Fuji. As Japanese often say, it is a big luck to see Fuji top clearly without its usual cloudy shroud.

Though the Fuji is visible from Tokyo — the ultramodern megacity and a home for almost 36 million — the days when the skies over the mountain is clear and the air over the city is not heavily polluted are quite rare. To capture a perfect shot from the number of different parks surrounding the mountain is not much easier, either.

But on some fortunate occasions the cone of the volcano is clearly visible, as on the palm of the hand. This is when the opportunity for the perfect shot arises.

Mount Fuji, view from the Hakone Onshi park
1. Mount Fuji, view from the Hakone Onshi park.
Mount Fuji under full moon
2. Mount Fuji under full moon. Photo by Alex Bamford.
Photo by Roger Walch
3. Photo by Roger Walch.
Photo by He?ctor Garci?a
4. Photo by Héctor García.
Photo by Isabelle Acatauassu? Alves Almeida
5. Photo by Isabelle Acatauassú Alves Almeida.
Mount Fuji under the Milky Way
6. Mount Fuji under the Milky Way.
Mount Fuji
7. Mount Fuji.
Mount Fuji at dusk
8. Mount Fuji at dusk. Photo by Héctor García.
Mount Fuji
9. Mount Fuji. Photo by Viva Larsen.
Mount Fuji behind the Tokyo skyline
10. Mount Fuji behind the Tokyo skyline.
American SH-60F helicopter flies in front of Mt. Fuji
11. American SH-60F helicopter flies in front of Mt. Fuji. Photo by US Navy.
Purple Fuji Sunrise
12. Purple Fuji Sunrise by Agustin Rafael Reyes.
Mount Fuji
13. Mount Fuji. Photo by Osamu Seino.
Blooming Azalea in the Hakone Onshi park with the Mount Fuji in background
14. Blooming Azalea in the Hakone Onshi park with the Mount Fuji in background. Photo by Yuichi Handa.

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