Discovering Beautiful Views of Mt. Fuji With the Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7III and Lenses
On a trip to Japan, one of the most sought after sceneries is arguably Mt. Fuji. In this article we will introduce you to some beautiful views of Japan's iconic mountain that we have taken using the Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7III. We also included our recommendation for cherry blossom (peak bloom in early April) and shibazakura moss phlox (peak bloom in late April-May) near each location.
Introducing the α7III Camera and Lens
We photographed Mt. Fuji using the Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera α7III. This model features a newly developed 35 mm full-size back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a new generation image processor, granting beautiful image quality with high sensitivity and low noise. With faithful color reproduction and excellent texture depiction, it boasts realistic image creation, perfect for landscape photography.
For our pictures we tried the ILCE-7M3K standard kit lens along with a telephoto and wide angle lens. We used the high resolution telephoto zoom lens SEL70300G and wide angle zoom lens SEL1635Z. The telephoto can zoom up to 300m while the wide angle lens is small and lightweight with high performance. It also supports 35mm full size. We changed between these three lenses on our journey through the photogenic views of Mt. Fuji.
Mt. Fuji Viewing Spot no. 1: Arakurayama Sengen Park
The stunning contrast of the lush nature of Mt. Fuji with the vermillion five-storied pagoda is the main draw of this famous location. Arakurayama Sengen is a park where you can enjoy a view of Mt. Fuji while overlooking the city. In the cherry blossom season, tourists are flocking here to shoot from this angle. The observation deck is on the side of Mt. Arakura. We recommend shooting in the morning when there are relatively less clouds around Mt. Fuji.
Oshino Hakkai is a group of 8 ponds that were created through years of snow thawing from Mt. Fuji. The ponds are a registered World Cultural Heritage together with Mt. Fuji. One of the highlights here is the crystal clear spring water pumped up from 35 m below ground, that you can drink on the spot.
The popular spot for shooting Mt. Fuji at Lake Kawaguchi is around Ubuyagasaki at the base of the Kawaguchiko Ohashi Bridge. If the wind is not too strong, you can see Mt. Fuji reflected on the water surface and take a picture of the "reverse Mt. Fuji". There are many other great shooting locations along the road surrounding the lake, so we recommend to take the time to walk around with your camera.
Lake Motosu is perfect for dynamic panoramas of Mt. Fuji and the water. It is said that of all the lakes surrounding the mountain, this is the most rich in nature. Mt. Fuji often appears in paintings and pictures, and it's even printed on the back of Japanese 1,000 yen bills. That image is Mt. Fuji seen from Lake Motosu.