Mount Fuji viewpoint from Arakurayama Sengen Park, Japan

by Ram Ya November. 22, 2016 3094 views

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 Five Storey Pagoda

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.

Cold water fountain for washing your hands before offering a prayer

Wooden cards with donor names

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.

The Five Storey Pagoda

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.

Mount Fuji from the viewpoint just above the Five Story Pagoda

I tried several compositions from this point

Peaking fall colors and snow capped Mount Fuji

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.

View of mount Fuji from the top view point

View of mount Fuji from the top view point

Magnificent Mount Fuji

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 :)

A grand kid having some fun on the way to the parking lot

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.

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Adrianshot 2 years, 11 months ago

Great series!

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Ram Ya Replied to Adrianshot 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you very much, Adrian.

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Kenny H 2 years, 11 months ago

Great compositins, well done!

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Ram Ya Replied to Kenny H 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for your kind words, Kenny.

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Ben Mckechnie 2 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful shots, Ram! They're all good but #8 is my favorite. I rarely see shots of Fuji as close-up as this one. Looking forward to your next post.

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Ram Ya Replied to Ben Mckechnie 2 years, 9 months ago

Iam glad you like it, Ben. I wanted to use my 70-200 to capture the majesty of this mountain while also showing the civilization below.

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Jiten Dua 2 years, 11 months ago

wow amazing photos sir ..

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Ram Ya Replied to Jiten Dua 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you very much, Jiten.

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Joanne Rosin 2 years, 11 months ago

great photos sir! i hope i could take such great photos in the future! :) thank you for sharing this.

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Ram Ya Replied to Joanne Rosin 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for your kind words, Joanne.

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Yokai - 2 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic photos, Ram! They remind me of the happy time I had with you. (^o^)

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Ram Ya Replied to Yokai - 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you so much, Yokai! I had an amazing time with you as well. Thanks a lot for showing us this beautiful country.

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Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

Stunning set! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous images.

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for the kind words, Eshyde!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing this fabulous series, Ram!
So glad you could hook-up w/Yokai, as well!
Great commentary to accompany these fine images!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for the kind words, Jay.
There is something really magical about Mt' Fuji. I am so glad I got to see it from few different viewpoints thanks to efforts by Yokai.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 11 months ago

My pleasure, Ram....
Your images never disappoint & always delight...
Happy Holidaze!
Cheers!
Jay

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

#5 to my Favs, and now I have to go to Japan. :-)) Great composiitions throughout Ram

2 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you, Antoni. Japan is definitely recommended.
I have a lot more photos so I will be uploading soon.

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