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Published on 12.25.2015
Japan is extremely well known for the high skyscrapers of Tokyo and it's extremely modern feel, but there are also amazingly beautiful views to behold in nature. One of the most fantastic is of the recently crowned World Heritage Site, Mt Fuji. Fujisan as it's called in Japanese is Japan's tallest and most famous mountain. Since it became a World Heritage Site, it has become an even bigger tourist attraction than before. During peak season, it can be quite crowded, which can kind of take away from the experience a little bit.
Diamond Fuji, on the other hand is a special time of year where the sun sets right on top of Mt Fuji aligning with the peak perfectly to create a truly extraordinary view of this majestic mountain.
There are many ways and areas you can catch this rare sight. For those that don't want to travel far, depending on the weather, it's possible to see it from the Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, or the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in early February.
For those willing to travel a bit to experience this beautiful view, there are a few options. The hiker in you may enjoy hiking up the nearby Mt Takao for some excellent views of Fuji's glowing peak. My personal favorite view of Diamond Fuji is from the largest of the five lakes surrounding Fuji, Lake Yamanaka. The view from Lake Yamanaka on a clear February evening is breathtaking.
Don't feel like you have to climb Mt Fuji in order to really enjoy what it has to offer. If you find yourself in Japan at the beginning of the year, try catching a glimpse of Diamond Fuji.
Source: Tokyo Tourist Association
Takao-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo