Chromatic | January 2020
Title: Get Close
✒️ "To be good is to be in harmony with ones self. Discord is to be forces to be in harmony with others." From 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.
[Nikon D7200 + Helios 44M-4 | 1/500 - ~f2 - ISO 200]
Mt Fuji looks like he’s wearing a cute little halo!
In one of my earlier posts I talked how to make sure you see Mt Fuji during your Japan trip! I’m compleeetely obsessed with Mt Fuji, so I’ve researched all the ways I can catch a glimpse of him 😂 Even on a sunny day, it’s possible that he could be totally obscured by cloud. The clouds gravitate to, and are actually created, by Mt Fuji. When wind blows across the mountain, air rises and then cools creating clouds. That’s why you usually see him with his cute little lenticular cloud hat.
My ✨number one✨ tip for seeing Mt Fuji is to check the hourly forecast for Fujikawaguchiko / Fuji Five Lakes area! (I use www.yr.no, it’s very reliable). Also, winter in Japan is generally quite clear because the air is chilly and dry, so you’ll have more potential viewing days in Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb compared to summer in May/Jun/Jul/Aug, when it gets hot, humid and cloudy.
If possible, try and stay in the area around Mt Fuji such as Fujikawaguchiko, Fujinomiya or Gotemba. I personally have only been to Fujikawaguchiko, and it’s a super popular place for tourists, but next time I’d like to explore some of the lesser-known surrounding areas.
If you’re feeling fancy and have a bit of cash to spare, a lot of hotels offer Mt Fuji views with your very own private onsen (outdoor bath). Go on, fill up a champagne glass, get your significant other to take some pics, slap a filter on there, boost that clarity on Mt Fuji and congratulations, you’re officially an Instagram influencer now! 😂 (But for real, if and when I ever get rich you best believe I’ll be lazing around in my private Mt Fuji-facing onsen)
Have you stayed in Fujikawaguchiko or the Five Lakes area? What did you think?