Japan’s Spectacular Mt. Fuji! Living In The Shadow Of This Majestic Mountain! Mt. Fuji’s Spectacular “Hanging Clouds!”

Welcome To Mt. Fuji!

Well, it’s a bit off in the distance, but this was my shot of the mountain from my hotel in Tokyo…can’t wait go go back to this magical city, and also to finally explore more of the country.

Luckily, the intrepid Reporters at SoraNews24.com want to share life in the mountain’s majestic shadow!

What a terrific bit of #Wanderlust!

They imagined what it would be like to live in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. Here’s what your view would be like during the day: imagine working in the shadow of this incredible mountain.

If you lived there, you would also get this view at night:

Living In The Shadow Of Mt. Fuji!

This is the town of Shizuoka, just about two hours south of Tokyo.

It’s right on the ocean, but here’s the reason you want to visit:

Yes, Mt. Fuji stares down at you from a height of 12,388 feet!

Soranews24.com has the whole story of everyday life in this town that sits next to the mountain.

It’s such a short trip, I think my next visit to Japan has to include this gorgeous city. As always, the folks at SoraNews24.com share terrific stories about Asia – and you can see more of their report by clicking on their story here:


They also recently shared this photo:

Cue The “Lenticular!”

This type of cloud formation is called a lenticular cloud, but in this case the Japanese term, tsurushigumo, or “hanging cloud,” might be easier to mentally grasp.

I’d never heard of a “hanging cloud”, but if you google it, there are some incredible shots!

This is one reason I check out the SoraNews24 website regularly – because they have such entertaining stories from Japan and Asia!

If you want more detail on this phenomenon, here’s more of how that “hanging cloud” came to be:


I have been to Tokyo five times now, and can never get enough of the night life:

That includes the “Golden Gai” bar district – more than 250 bars in just over three city blocks!

It’s filled with cool bars, including one hosted by a young Singer, who performed live for us! Here is that special moment:

There are so many more adventures in this area – click here to see them all!


Tokyo is such a magical city, and this film captured all of it:

Director Sofia Coppola tells the beautiful story of an American Actor who flies to Tokyo to shoot a Whiskey commercial and meets the young wife of a Celebrity Photographer:

Their friendship – and mutual loneliness – in the city of Tokyo is captured beautifully…you can see the trailer and learn how they “stole” many of the film’s iconic moments by clicking on my story here:


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15 replies

  1. Great post, John! Mt. Fuji juxtaposed against city life in Tokyo is quite the contrast. I was not familiar with the term “hanging cloud” until your post. What a remarkable phenomenon!

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  2. What a beautiful mountain! And the lenticular clouds over it are spectacular! We get them over Rainier too but I’ve never seen them like that before! If I ever make it to Japan, I’ve got to visit the town the mountain looms over.

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  3. John, what an amazing blog. The pictures & the story were a perfect blend. Hoping to visit Mt Fuji in person in the future. THXS,

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  4. I have never seen such amazing clouds, John. Our planet is so full of amazing surprises. I enjoyed your pictures of Tokyo too. Ironically, I’m reading a book about post WWII Japan at the moment.

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  5. John, I had to look up whether or not Mt Fuji was active. I found this.
    ‘Mount Fuji is an active volcano that last erupted in 1707. On December 16, 1707, scientists recorded the last confirmed eruption of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest point. Fuji has erupted at various times starting around 100,000 years ago—and is still an active volcano today.’
    Maybe not a great idea to live so close to it? 🙂
    I love the cloud formations, never seen anything like that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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