Located in the center of Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya is known as one of the starting points in climbing the great Mount Fuji. In fact, it is the most popular starting point since it has the shortest access to Mount Fuji. But this city is more than just its famous climbing station, its slopes and plateaus are home to beautiful landscapes and waterfalls.
Ranked among the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the Shiraito Falls is a cascade of 20-meter high waterfalls flowing like silk threads fanning 150 meters wide. Since 1936, the Waterfall is monitored as a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
This base of the waterfall is easily accessed from the road by a trail packed with souvenir shops and restaurants. It may take you a few minute walk, but the calming scenery is absolutely worth a few stairs.
Just five minutes away from the Shiraito Falls, the Otodome falls are 25-meter high waterfalls. If the Shiraito falls has a calming landscape, the Otodome are powerful thundering waterfalls, that full blow their wrath during summer, when the water is filled with melted icecaps from Mount Fuji, and the foliage is at its full lush.
Autumn also offers a breathtaking view, as the leaves change the color, making this place have an extremely colorful scenery.
This artificial lake in Shizuoka offers the best view of Mt. Fuji between April to August, when the sun rises at its peak, creating a diamond shining effect. Photographers and tourist pack the place during this season to witness the majestic “Diamond Head”. There are picnic tables installed here hence it is a great place to take a break from the bustling streets of Tokyo. For those who love outdoors, there are camping sites within the vicinity that is great for fishing, biking, and even boating.
Yes, Fujinomiya is known for its popular Mount Fuji trail but if you take time to visit its other attractions, the majestic view of Mount Fuji offered by Tanuki lake, thundering Otodome Falls and the calming effect of Shiraito Falls, you just want to stay and never return to the busyness of Tokyo.