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Photographing the many faces of Mt. Fuji

Just like there are many categories of photographers – nature, portrait, street – so too exist a microcosm of Mt. Fuji photographers, each who have carved out a niche for themselves after what is presumably many years of photographic study directed at Fuji. The subcategories are as diverse as its subject matter: a mountain, yes. But so much more than just a mountain. Here are some of them:

Koichi Shimano | Mt. Fuji with clouds

Mt. Fuji with clouds is known, amongst a select few, as Kumofuji (雲富士). “Mt. Fuji remains the same yet the clouds and light are continuously changing,” says Koichi Shimano. “Every time I look at it I see something new, which is why I continue to photograph Kumofuji.

kumofuji koichi shimano 11photos by Koichi Shimano | click to enlarge

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Mt. Fuji from afar

Close-ups are always nice. But there is a distinct group of photographers who find pure joy in the challenge of photographing Mt. Fuji from far, far away. Here are some of the farthest possible locations to shoot Mt. Fuji.

mt fuji from afar - hiroshi yoshinoMt. Fuji from Fukushima prefecture (299km away) | photo by Kazuo Suzuki

mt fuji from afar - zushi port towerMt. Fuji from Hachijojima (271km away) | Photo by Hiroshi Yoshino

fuji from afar kazuo suzukiMt. Fuji from Irokawafujimigake in Wakayama (323km away) | Photo by Koji Kiyomoto, Masaru Naka

fuji from zushi port towerMt. Fuji from Zushi Port Tower in Chiba (198km away)

fuji from spaceMt. Fuji from a space shuttle (374 km away) | photo courtesy NASA

Mt. Fuji from the city

For those who love city life (and see no reason to leave), photographing Mt. Fuji behind a landscape of office buildings and high-rises is just the thing.

Fuji from afar - bunkyo civic centerPhoto taken from St. Luke’s Garden Tower in Tokyo | via

fuji from city - st lukes garden towerPhoto taken from Tokyo high-rise apartment building | via

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Mt. Fuji Framed

Everything looks better in a frame. Or at least that’s what “tunnel Fuji” photographers will tell you. This select breed enjoys seeing Mt. Fuji through tunnels, sculptures, gates and other man-made objects. The thrill is not so much rooted in the mountain itself, but in a physical location irreplicable anywhere else.

Fuji in frame - tsuburano tunnelphotos via

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Fuji framed - shiratoriyama shinrin park

Fujimieki | the fine art of Fuji-spotting

Combine trainspotting with a love for Mt. Fuji and you’ve got Fujimieki, or train stations where you can see Mt. Fuji. The term also applies to spotting Mt. Fuji from trains. Did you know that there are 678 train stations where you can see Mt. Fuji from? It’s true. In fact, there is a website (JP) dedicated to archiving photos and their trains stations.

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This is part of a series of posts on Mt. Fuji. The entire series can be found HERE.

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