Today was our first real road trip in Japan! It was generously arranged by our own member @yokai. When I told him my Japan plans, I didn't expect anything more than a meetup to talk about PhotoBlog. However, he had other plans and went above and beyond to introduce us to hidden gems in this beautiful country.
We woke up early and met him at 8AM in the hotel lobby. Next step was driving about 3 hours to Fujiyoshida city in Yamanashi prefecture. This is where the iconic five-story pagoda with stunning views of mount Fuji is located. The pagoda itself is located in a park called Arakurayama Sengen Park .
The parking lot is located about halfway up the mountain. So it is an easy hike to the pagoda from there. Before you reach the pagoda, there is a Buddhist temple where pilgrims can wash their hands and offer a prayer.
The five-story pagoda is beautifully built and painted in bright red and white colors. The roof has a curved design like many other classic Japanese architecture. From here it is about a 10-minute walk to the top.
This viewpoint of Mt' Fuji yields stunning views of the mountain and allows you to use the curved roof of the pagoda as leading lines to compose your shot. As expected, a lot of visitors were already there taking photos but it was not overcrowded.
There is another viewpoint few minutes up the mountain which provides sweeping views of Mt' Fuji and the surrounding valleys. You can really experience Mt' Fuji's grandeur from this viewpoint.
The climb down to the parking lot was not hard at all. May be 10 minutes at the most. However, it didn't stop some from complaining :)
I am so thankful to @yokai for taking us to this location! Next, we went to see Kawaguchi-ko Lake (河口湖 ) which also has stunning views of beautiful Mt' Fuji. That story will be next, stay tuned! Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this photo story.