A breathtaking vista, with Mt. Fuji rising like an island from a vast sea of clouds. Located near the sea, Yoshiwara offers a comparatively high probability of seeing an unkai, or sea of clouds. The landscape assumes many different faces depending on meteorological conditions like wind and degree of humidity, and where sometimes a thick blanket of clouds may cover the whole region, at other times a just thin mist hangs only in the valleys. Mountains and clouds alike burn red at sunrise. In particular, the phenomenon known as "Yoshiwara Enjo" (Yoshiwara Ablaze) is a visual feast which can be seen on a clear morning immediately after the passing of a typhoon. This magnificent spectacle is truly overwhelming.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Zengen-ji Temple and environs are a good place from which to enjoy the outstanding scenery, but it's easy to get lost on the way there, so care must be taken. It's especially easy to get lost in the gloom of early morning, so for first-timers, it's probably better to check the route during the daytime before you go. Unkai form most easily on warm mornings after a rainy night, so the likelihood of seeing one decreases in the dry months of fall and winter. Wind is also a factor, so check the weather first.
The pleasure of travel: Yoshiwara
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updated on Mar 27, 2015