Mt. Fuji & Yamanakako before Dawn

The silent world of Lake Yamanaka before sunrise

By Meg Sing   Jun 2, 2016

After the previous day of thick clouds and intermittent rain, I dragged myself out of warm blankets in the middle of the night in the hopes of catching the magical moment of Mt. Fuji at sunrise (4:31 am). Hardly any other humans were up and about, yet swans were exercising full monopoly over the lake, hawks and egrets flew overhead and carp swished around in the shallower areas of the lake. Water on the lake is calmest before the sun rises and the wind picks up. With the wind and water so still, it was the perfect environment to get in tune with the world of nature. While clouds unfortunately obscured the mighty mountain at the last minute, seeing a different side of beautiful Lake Yamanaka on this May morning made it worth the early start.

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Sherilyn Siy a month ago
LOVE the photos.
Relinda Puspita a month ago
The view of the mountain really is magical.
Andrew Choi a year ago
Meg Sing Photographer a year ago
Thank you!
Victoria Vlisides a year ago
I'm interested in if you can get here via train easily... ?
Meg Sing Photographer a year ago
Not really... The Fuji five-lake area isn't good for trying to get value out of a Japan Rail pass. Buses are the main transport closer to the towns and between the lakes. I think it's quicker and cheaper by bus (than train) from Ginza/Shinjuku to Kawaguchi-ko (the largest lake town).
Sorry also for the late reply!
Elizaveta Krupina a year ago
Such a calm deep blue.