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Things to Do Around Mount Fuji

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Things to Do Around Mount Fuji

Visiting Mount Fuji is an amazing experience for anyone, but in the area around Mount Fuji, there is so much more to offer. Lake Kawaguchiko provides a boat ride  that sail there every day.  Many festivals take place year-round to enjoy in lovely parks and fields. Below are the top things to do around Mount Fuji.

Chureito Pagoda
Chureito Pagoda is a five-stories pagoda that is a part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine located in Fujiyoshida City. It is located on the mountainside, the most popular spot for taking photos of Mount Fuji. The famous view of Mount Fuji, the five-storied red pagoda and cherry blossoms can be seen around mid-April.


Fuji Safari Park
Fuji Safari Park is one of the largest and most popular wildlife safari park in Japan located at the foot of Mount Fuji. Visitors can take a safari tour through the park watching animals like lions, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, and giraffes roam freely. There are different ways to explore the safari including in your car, rental car, by bus, or on foot. Night safari tours are also available between the spring and autumn seasons.

Skiing/Snowboarding
Around Mount Fuji, several ski resorts offer great quality powdered snow with the view of Mount Fuji. The ski resorts in Mount Fuji can be easily visited for a day trip from Tokyo if you are interested in skiing or snowboarding.


Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko is the second largest lake registered in the World Heritage. It is an ideal resort area with many activities and events available depending on the season. There is a spectacular reflection of Mount Fuji on the surface of the lake when the weather is clear.

Fujinomiya 5th Station
There are four routes to the peak of Mount Fuji, and this is the shortest route. It is the second most popular station on Mount Fuji. It is the easiest to access by public transportation if you'd like to visit. The climbing difficulty of this route is fairly high as it is the highest point accessible by car.

Narausawa Ice Cave/Fugaku Wind Cave
The Narusawa Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave are two famous caves at the foot of Mount Fuji located within the Aokigahara Jukai Forest. Many tourists visit the caves throughout the year as the caves are must-see locations and a tourist spot when visitors are in the Mount Fuji area.


Oshino Hakkai Springs
Oshino Hakkai is a spring of eight ponds that was born from the snowmelt from the slopes of Mount Fuji. It is located between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako and has become a place of worship to Mount Fuji. It has been recognized as a World Heritage Site of Mount Fuji.

Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station
Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is the entrance to the Yoshida trail and the most popular base for Mount Fuji climbing. It is easy to access from tourist areas around Mount Fuji and there are buses from Tokyo available almost year-round. At the station, there are several shops, restaurants and resting points where climbers can prepare for the hike or rest after their hike.

Lake Yamanakako Pleasure Cruiser
From the waters of Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes, you can enjoy the impressive view of Mount Fuji. Also called "Swan Lake", it is ship in the shape of a swan where you can enjoy a cruise at the foot of Mount Fuji. It was designed by industrial designer Eiji Mitooka. Swan Lake is recommended for people of all ages.

Gotemba 5th Station
Gotemba 5th Station is the least used climbing route going up to Mount Fuji as it is the hardest. The scenery is not as spectacular as the other routes, but the sunrise can be seen. Osunabashiri also named the "Great Sand Run" is the quickest way one, descending in leaps.


Fujisan World Heritage Center
General information involving the World Heritage site of Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes along with the history, culture, nature, and tourism are provided at this facility. The model of Mount Fuji made with washi paper can be seen in the South Hall, measuring 15 meters in length. You can experience the seasons of the mountain as well as the passage of time in the North Hall, along with an information desk with details about climbing if you are interested.

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine
Surrounded by thousand-year-old trees, the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine is located southeast of Yamanashi. It has been designated as Important Cultural Properties because of the beauty inside the shrine. There are large stone lanterns that lead to the main walkway of the shrine that is worth seeing. The Yoshida Fire Festival is one of the three most unique festivals that take place annually on August 26 and 27 at the shrine.

Tea Plantation
The free green tea plantation is one of the most beautiful sceneries with Mount Fuji seen in the background. In the Shizuoka Prefecture, the city of Imamiya, there are several tea farms displayed at the stunning landscape during the season. The best month to visit the tea plantations is during May before tea picking starts. You will also be able to see Mount Fuji with the remaining snow on its summit.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What location has the best view of Mount Fuji?
    There are three locations with the best views of Mount Fuji from a distance: Lake Kawaguchiko, Arakurayama Sengen Park, and Lake Ashi in Hakone.
  • What pass is available for visiting Mount Fuji?
    Fujikyuko Buss offers some passes to enjoy the Mount Fuji area which is suitable for tourists who want to fully explore the Mount Fuji area. Mount Fuji Pass includes unlimited rides on the buses and trains of Fujikyuko company around the Mount Fuji area. The voucher also includes most tickets and some discounts. Mount Fuji Pass is only available for visitors who hold a short-term tourist visa.
  • Where can I buy the Mount Fuji Pass?
    There are 8 Mount Fuji Pass sales windows. They are located at Otsuki Station, Kawaguchiko Station, Mount Fuji Station, Asahigaoka Bus Terminal, Shin-Fuji Station, Gotemba Station, Mishima Station, and Fujinomiya Station. In addition, it can also be purchased through designated overseas sales agents on the official website: http://bus-cn.fujikyu.co.jp/mtpass/.
  • Are there Join In Bus Tours in the Mount Fuji area?
    We recommend the Kawaguchiko/Saiko Sightseeing Bus, which departs from Kawaguchiko Station every 15 minutes. It not only travels around Kawaguchiko and Saiko, but also passes the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Boat "Ensoleille", Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, and Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba, etc. The bus company also has launched a 2-day package that allows unlimited rides on the bus for two days. Timetable: http://bus-cn.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/1.
  • Is there a sightseeing bus to Oshino Hakkai and Lake Yamanakako?
    We recommend the Fujiyoshida/Oshino/Yamanakako Sightseeing Bus. From Kawaguchiko Station to Oshino Hakkai, Fujiyoshida, and Lake Yamanakako, there are 11 buses on the route every day. You can travel around Sengen Shrine, Mount Fuji Radar Dome, Benifuji Spring, Oshino Hakkai, Hananomiyako Park, etc. You can use IC transportation cards or the 2-day unlimited pass is also available. With the two days unlimited pass, you can ride for free in all of Fujikko areas (Kawaguchiko Station <=> Mount Fuji Station <=> Oshino <=> Lake Yamanaka) for two days. They are available at the bus ticket counters at Kawaguchiko Station, Mount Fuji Station, and Asahigaoka Bus Terminal. Timetable: http://bus-cn.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/2/.
  • What are the recommended spots to visit around Mount Fuji?
    Some recommended spots around Mount Fuji are Lake Kawaguchiko, Oshino Hakkai, Mount Fuji 5th Station, Sengen Shrine, Kawaguchiko Tenjoyama Park (Nakabadaira), and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.
  • Where can I take a hot spring bath near Mount Fuji?
    Hot springs are generally available in hotels near Mount Fuji. If you want to go to the hot springs alone, you can choose from the following recommendations.
    I. Near Lake Yamanaka
    紅富士の湯 (Yamanakako Onsen Benifuji no yu)- There are many hot spring pools. There are saunas and the open-air pool that faces Mount Fuji. When the weather is fine, you can directly see the top of the mountain.
    石割の湯 (Yamanakako Hirano Onsen Ishiwari-No-Yu)- Japanese people prefer this place because the spring water quality is better.
    II. Near Lake Kawaguchiko
    富士眺望の湯ゆらり (Fuji Yurari Hot Spring)- There are many types of hot springs and you can see Mount Fuji in the open, and the scenery is good.
  • Are there any ski resorts near Mount Fuji?
    Mount Fuji 5th Station's Snow Town YETI Ski Resort - When the weather is clear, you can see the view of Mount Fuji. There are 4 different ski slopes in the park, A, B, C, and D. It can be used by beginners or experienced skiers.
    Fujiten Snow Resort - It is located in the Yamanashi Prefecture in Mount Fuji, an hour and a half drive from Tokyo. It is not only rich and soft in snow, but more importantly, it is the only ski resort in Japan that allows you to see Mount Fuji up close.
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