Tourists flock to Arakurayama Park to photograph pagoda, iconic Fuji

May 26, 2015

Tourists flock to Arakurayama Park to photograph pagoda, iconic Fuji

An increasing number of foreign tourists are visiting Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, to photograph the scenery, including a vermilion-lacquered five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. The spot was already popular among local citizens, but now the city is hoping ...

Mar 19, 2015

In Ontake's wake, Fuji climbers will be advised to don helmets

After more than 60 people died when a volcano erupted without warning last year, climbers tackling Mount Fuji, the nation’s highest peak, will be urged to wear a helmet and goggles, officials said. The dormant 3,776-meter volcano last erupted in 1707 but geologists think ...

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

Jan 15, 2015

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Mount Fuji, with its beautifully symmetrical ridge lines and snowy peak, has always attracted photographers from near and afar. With nearly 300 stills and posters from its collection, the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka celebrates this iconic landmark, charting its representation in the history ...

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

| Sep 29, 2014

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

by Masaaki Kameda

As the Mount Fuji climbing season drew to a close earlier this month, authorities were assessing the success of a new ¥1,000 voluntary climbing fee, which almost half of hikers skipped paying. It was introduced this year following a trial in 2013. Formally called ...

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

Sep 26, 2014

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. According to Hiroshi Tashiro, a geographer and part-time lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University, ...