Twice a year, once around February 3rd or 4th and once around November 6th or 7th, there's an opportunity to capture a famous view of Mount Fuji known as the "Diamond Fuji" sunset. The Diamond Fuji is a beautiful phenomenon that happens when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing it to shine like a diamond. You can see the sunrise version quite regularly from many locations at the right alignment, most famously the peak of Mount Takao or Lake Yamanaka, but the sunset version only happens twice a year.

If you're in the Tokyo area, the best way to capture the Diamond Fuji sunset is to find a high vantage point. You have a few choices, such as the Sunshine 60 Observatory in Ikebukuro or the Sky Deck in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, but the tallest one and arguably the best view is from the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree.

Diamond Fuji sunset

Tokyo Skytree is situated on a Ley line connecting Mount Fuji, Meiji Shrine, The Imperial Palace and Kashima Shrine (as you can see in the map below). Therefore, it is known to be one of the strongest "power spots" within the Tokyo metropolitan area. Once in February and once in November, the sun rises at the beginning of the Ley line in Kashima Shrine, and sets at the summit of Mount Fuji. Weather permitting, this provides a photo opportunity you don't want to miss.

Here are the details to keep in mind if you intend visiting:

  • Dates: November 6th to 8th
  • Time: around 16:15 to 16:45
  • Where: Tembo Galleria Floor 450 and Tembo Deck Floor 350
  • Tokyo Skytree website

And should the weather be uncooperative, you still have a reason for going since you can commemorate your visit by making a wish at the W1SH RIBBON. The number 1 is derived from the fact that Tokyo Skytree is the #1 tallest broadcast tower in the world. As the name implies, you can write your wish on a ribbon and tie it to the monument on this special occasion.

By - Ben K.