The symbol of Japan is undoubtedly the conical peak of Mt. Fuji, and while there are many vantage points to view this national treasure, seeing it from the Shindo Pass is a photographer's favourite. Getting to the two viewing platforms on the pass requires you to take a little hike up the mountain - many make the ascent before dawn to catch Mt. Fuji as it emerges on clouds during sunrise, set against Lake Kawaguchiko and the lights of the surrounding town.
While it is popular to catch Mt. Fuji during sunrise from here, you will also be impressed with the mountain at night when you see it set against the Milky Way. When hiking, be prepared for insects in summer and extremely cold weather in fall or winter. Before going, it is best to check out the webcam for the weather forecast.