One of my favorite subjects anywhere to shoot is mountains. Here in Japan, we have no shortage of the things and a great deal of them have that lovely, classic volcano look to them. Especially when they stand alone as Fuji-san does. It’s the most famous, tallest and most holy mountain in all of Japan and happily, it’s only about an hour and a half from where I live! So far, I’ve climbed it twice, both times for sunrise, and I’ve made a point of getting different looks at it whenever possible. It’s my intention to climb it again next year although some say that’s a sign of mental infirmity, and maybe it is, but the summit is just a place of magic when that sun crests the horizon! I suppose there is a favorite view of the Fuji-san for everyone who visits Japan, but I have a very difficult time selecting just one. Here are some images from around the mountain that have made my short list.

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Mt. Fuji viewed from Oshino Village.

Mt. Fuji at sunset as viewed from Jogashima Island at the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula.

Mt. Fuji seen from the summit of Mt. Tonodake mid-autumn.

Mt. Fuji at sunset as viewed from Jogashima Island at the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula.

A snow-capped Mt. Fuji viewed from a highway rest stop.

Mt. Fuji viewed over Kawaguchi-ko through a late afternoon haze.

Mt. Fuji from the Fuji Peace Park in Gotenba.

Mt. Fuji from the summit of Mt. Tonodake.