Bullet Train World Heritage

Seeing Mt Fuji view from Shinkansen. When and where to look from Tokyo or Kyoto.

Posted:08/04/2019 Updated:

You might not have time to visit Japan’s famous Mount Fuji, but if you are travelling between Tokyo to Kyoto/Osaka by Shinkansen, you have a chance to see it from your seat.

So when is it happening, and from which side of the seats do you need to book your seat for best viewing?

ad

How to see Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen.

You can see Mt Fuji for about 4 minutes, for both from Tokyo to Kyoto/Osaka or Kyoto/Osaka to Tokyo. But the Shinkansen passes on the left side on the tracks, so Kyoto/Osaka to Tokyo is better as there can not be a Shinkansen passing on the other side.

Which seats you can see Mt Fuji?

Shinkansen is always facing the same way, The first carriage is Kyoto/Osaka side, and the 16th is Tokyo side. That means Mt Fuji side of the window seat is always E. (If it’s a green carriage, the seat is always D, as there are only 4 seats in the row.)

They give passengers window seats first, so try to book early to avoid the disappointment.

When can you see Mt Fuji?

This is where you can view Mt Fuji. Let’s see how long to get to that point from the station nearby.

ad

Travelling from Kyoto/Osaka

If you are travelling with Nozomi or Hikari, it takes about 1 hour 45 mins from the Shin-Osaka station, 1 hour 30 mins from the Kyoto station, and 50 mins from the Nagoya station.

If you are travelling with Kodama, the Shinkansen stops at the Shizuoka station, and it takes about 5 mins from the station.

Travelling from Tokyo to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka

You will reach the viewing point in about 45 mins from Tokyo station or 38 mins from Shinagawa station.

The closest station is Mishima, and you can see Mt Fuji 3 mins after passing this station. Nozomi, Mizuho and some of Hikari don’t stop at Mishima station, but Kodama does.

Can you always see Mt Fuji?

Most importantly, the view improves with sunny weather. Because Shinkansen is moving fast, it is so easy to miss when it’s rainy or even cloudy.

The best season for viewing Mt Fuji is winter to spring when the mountain has lovely snow, and the air is dry and clean.

I couldn’t see Mount Fuji for the last 4 trips between Tokyo and Kyoto on Shinkansen. It is a spectacular mountain, and hope you have a chance to see it when you are travelling!

ad

-Bullet Train, World Heritage
-

Check these too!

What happens if you missed a reserved shinkansen. Can you change the ticket time or date?

In this page, I am sharing what happened when I missed my reserved Shinkansen.

Where to best see Mount Fuji from Tokyo Bay area.

Even there is about 100 km between Tokyo to Mount Fuji but when it’s a clear sunny day, you can still see it beautifully. If you are at Tokyo Bay, where is the best place to view it?

Japan rail pass green or economy? What is the difference.

There are two options, economy and green, when you purchase the Japan rail pass, and green pass cost about 25 percents more. What is the difference and does it worth getting a green one?

Shinkansen luggage space. What is the limit and storage area?

Most local trains don’t have suitcase storage, but what about Shinkansen, when you are travelling with large suitcases or sports gear? Some people said you can bring as much as you can carry, is it true?

Shinkansen lost and found. What to do if you left your property?

It is so sad to lose your belonging when you are on holiday. But if you lost it on a Shinkansen, you might be able to find it.