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How to Enjoy Mt. Fuji Inscribed
Listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013, Japan’s beloved Mt. Fuji has become a destination for travelers worldwide.
Mt. Fuji offers various entertainment options to experience. Though the distant view from Limited Express “Romancecar” and Hakone is also impressive, here we feature Mt. Fuji for those who prefer the closer view of this beautiful mountain.

Various Ways to Enjoy Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site in June 2013. This highest mountain in Japan has captivated people with its beautiful symmetrical cone shape for ages.
A great number of people, not only climbers but also those who admire the distant view and visit related facilities, enjoy Mt. Fuji.

Here is a guide to various ways to enjoy Mt. Fuji.
Access  from Shinjuku to Mt. Fuji
  • There are two access routes from Shinjuku, Tokyo, to Mt. Fuji.

    ■ Highway Bus
    take a bus bound for Kawaguchiko Station or Fujigoko (the Fuji Five Lakes) from Shinjuku Station West Exit Bus Terminal
    ■ Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar”
    take the Limited Express “Romancecar” bound for Gotemba from Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station
Economical Freepass
The Fuji Hakone Pass is a package ticket with which you can travel to Mt. Fuji, listed as a world heritage site, and Hakone, famous for its hot springs. For more information, please visit our website of the Fuji-Hakone Model Course
  • See
  • Climb
  • Visit
  • Eat
  • Shop

see

Mt. Fuji is open for climbing only in summer but appealing in any season!

Climbing above the Fifth Station: July and August
Going up to the Fifth Station: from May to November (depending on the road conditions)
You can enjoy the view of the mountain from its foot in all seasons.
Spring/Mt. Fuji in cherry-blossom seasonAutumn/Mt. Fuji adorned with colored leavesSummer/Mt. Fuji in climbing seasonWinter/Mt. Fuji covered with snow

View Spots of Beautiful Mt. Fuji

  • View from Top of Mt. Kachi-Kachi Ropeway

    A ride up the Mt. Kachi-Kachi Ropeway near Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes, offers a majestic view of Mt. Fuji as well as a panoramic view of the town at its bottom.
    Access
    15-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride (to Ropeway-mae Bus Stop) from Kawaguchiko Station
    Website
    For more information, please visit http://www.fujikyu.co.jp/en/leisure/leisure13.html
  • View from Gotemba Premium Outlets

    While shopping in the outlet mall in Gotemba, at the base of Mt. Fuji, you can also enjoy a splendid view of the mountain.
    Access
    15-minute free shuttle bus ride from Gotemba Station
    Website
    For more information, please visit http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/
  • Click here to find other view spots
  • Please visit our website of the Fuji-Hakone Model Course for more information

Mt. Fuji and Japanese Culture

There are many historical artworks showing that elegant Mt. Fuji has had a great influence on Japanese arts since olden times.
Renowned Ukiyoe Painting
Gaifu Kaisei (South Wind, Clear Sky), also known as Red Fuji, from the series of Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai is a stunning artwork familiar to most Japanese. It is said to have been painted in the 1800s, which reveals the unignorable influence of Mt. Fuji at that time.
Mt. Fuji Paintings at Public Bath Houses
Foreign tourists might find it interesting that there are many public bath houses with Mt. Fuji painted on the walls. It proves that Mt. Fuji is deeply connected with the life of Japan.

Climb

How to climb Mt. Fuji

TIPS AND WARNINGS
* The climbing season is July and August. You cannot climb Mt. Fuji in the other months of the year.
* Though there are safe climbing routes from the Fifth Station to the summit, proper climbing equipment is required.
* The summit is 3,776 meters high, and the Fifth Station, a starting point, is 2,300 meters high. Since the top is much colder than the base, protection against cold is vitally important.
* The elevation is high and the oxygen in the air is thin, which makes climbers more vulnerable to altitude sickness in the form of headaches and nausea. When you feel sick, descend the mountain immediately.
* When the weather is bad, you had better turn back.

Proper Equipment

  • Trekking or hiking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Cold protection clothes (outerwear, gloves, caps, etc.)
  • Rain gear
  • Food and water
  • Flashlight (for night climbing)
  • Other equipment
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Major Climbing Routes and Transportation

Fuji-Yoshida-Guchi (m ost popular route)
Access: 140 minutes by bus from Shinjuku Station to Fuji Subaru Line Fifth Station
Fujinomiya-Guchi (shortest route to the top)
Access: 140 minutes by bus from Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit) to Fujinomiya-Guchi Fifth Station
Gotemba-Guchi (most vertical and longest route for high-level climbers)
Access: 100 minutes by Odakyu Limited Express “Romancecar” from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Station and another 40 minutes by bus from Gotemba Station to Gotemba-Guchi

Time Required for Climbing Mt. Fuji ( in the case of [1] Fuji-Yoshida-Guchi Route )

Summit (3.776m)[2 hours]←Eighth Sta. (3.350m)[2 hours]←Seventh Sta. (2.750m)[2.5 hours]←Fifth Sta. (2.305m)
* The above time is rough estimation. For more information, please visit the website of Climbing Mt. Fuji at  http://www.fujiyama-navi.jp/fujitozan/en/

Visit

Enjoy Other Activities than Climbing!

Sightseeing Bus Tour to the Fifth Station

The Fifth Station of Mt. Fuji is located at 2,300 meters above sea level, halfway up the mountain, where you can look up close quarters at Mt. Fuji.
You can also enjoy a panoramic view of mountain ranges from the base of Mt. Fuji. This is a splendid sightseeing spot when the weather is fine.

* The elevation is high, so be noted that it may be a little cold.

Sightseeing Spots in the Mt. Fuji Area

  • Fuji Five Lakes
    There are five abundant lakes created by volcanic activities at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Each of the lakes offers different views of Mt. Fuji. It is worth making a tour of those lakes.
    Access
    Lake Yamanaka >> Take the Fujikyu Bus named “Fujikko-go” from Fujikyuko Line Fujisan Station and get off at the nearby stop such as Hotel Mt. Fuji Iriguchi Bus Stop

    Lake Kawaguchi >> Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Oishi Pension Mura from Fujikyuko Line Kawaguchiko Station and get off at the nearby stop such as Yuransen Ropeway Bus Stop

    Lake Sai >> Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Saiko Minshuku from Fujikyuko Line Kawaguchiko Station and get off at the nearby stop such as Junigatake Tozanguchi Bus Stop

    Lake Shoji >> Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu from Fujikyuko Line Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Shojiko Iriguchi Bus Stop

    Lake Motosu >> Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu from Fujikyuko Line Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Motosuko Bus Stop
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  • Kitaguchi Hongou Fuji Sengen Shrine
    Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine is one of the Shinto shrines devoted to Mt. Fuji. It is said to have been built in olden times in fear of repeated eruptions of Mt. Fuji.
    The approach stretches to a large torii gate. Within the precincts stands a huge cedar tree, creating a sacred atmosphere. It is located near Lake Yamanaka, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Why don’t you visit the shrine when making a tour of the Fuji Five Lakes?
    Access
    Take the Fujikyu Bus between Gotemba Station and Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Fuji Sengen Jinja Bus Stop
  • Oshino-hakkai (Eight Springs of Mt. Fuji)
    There are springs designated as a national natural monument called “Oshino-hakkai” in Oshino Village, near Lake Yamanaka, at the base of Mt. Fuji. Its snowmelt feeds the springs after traveling through ground for years, which makes the water beautiful and clean.
    Access
    Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Oshino and Uchino, and get off at Oshino-hakkai Iriguchi Bus Stop
  • Shiraito Falls
    There are waterfalls fed by the melting snow of Mt. Fuji. It is magnificent to see the 150-meter wide cascade flowing down the 20-meter high curved cliff in countless large and small streams. You can see fantastic water arches when you go close to the basin of the falls.

    * Access to the basin of the falls will be restricted for construction until December 2013.
    Access
    Take the Fujikyu Shizuoka Bus bound for Shiraito-no-taki (Shiraito Falls), get off at Gongenbashi Bus Stop, and walk for 10 minutes.
  • Upside-down Mt. Fuji (the north shore of Lake Yamanaka, Hirano)
    You can see the reflection of Mt. Fuji on the lake surface from the north shore of Lake Yamanaka, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. The volcano inverted in the lake is known as “Upside-down Mt. Fuji.” It is an impressive view when the surface conditions of the lake is good.
    Access
    Take a bus bound for Hirano from Fujisan Station, get off at Yamanakako Hirano Bus Stop, and walk for 5 minutes.
  • Fuji Safari Park
    Fuji Safari Park is located on the south slope of Mt. Fuji. The park provides bus tours going through the safari zone where 30 species of free-range animals are wandering around. From the bus, you can observe tigers, lions, and other animals at close quarters.
    The park is very popular for its thrilling experience different from zoos. From the park, you can also enjoy a gorgeous view of Mt. Fuji.
    Access
    Take a bus bound for Amusement Park Grinpa from Gotemba Station for 35 minutes and get off at Fuji Safari Park Bus Stop
  • Yurari the Hot Spring with a Great View of Mt. Fuji
    Fuji Chobo-no-Yu Yurari is a hot spring resort for day-trippers. It is located near Mt. Fuji, offering a great view of the volcano as well as 16 different kinds of unique baths. You can enjoy hot spring while admiring a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji. There are private bathes for those who are not comfortable with the Japanese bathing style but want to enjoy hot springs without any constraint. You can also relax after bathing at the associated restaurant or café.
    Access
    Take a bus bound for Motosuko (Lake Motosu) from Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Fuji Midori-no-Kyuka Mura Mae Bus Stop after 20-minute ride

Eat

Casual Gourmet Cuisine near Mt. Fuji

Gourmet Cuisine in the Mt. Fuji Area

  • Yoshida Udon Noodles 
(Fuji-Yoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture)
    In Fuji-Yoshida, at the foot of Mt. Fuji, there are a number of udon noodle restaurants loved by local residents. Sturdy noodles are served in soy-sauce or miso soup.

    You can enjoy the noodles in Fuji-Yoshida City, where stands Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine.
  • Fujinomiya Fried Noodles 
(Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
    A dish of fried noodles affectionately called Fujinomiya Fried Noodles is a long-established cuisine in Fujinomiya City, in the south of Mt. Fuji.
    Its unique noodles mixed with oil cake are served with a finishing touch of dried bonito flakes.
    It is a very famous dish, ranking as one of the top local gourmet meals in Japan.

    You can try the fried noodles in Fujinomiya City, where the Shiraito Falls are located.

Shop

Souvenirs and Items with Mt. Fuji Motif

  • Arita Porcelain “Mt. Fuji Guinomi” Sake Bottle and Cups
    A good-looking and useful set perfect for drinking Japanese sake This is a lovely sake drinking set of Japanese traditional Arita ware. This handmade porcelain may be sometimes out of stock.
    Access
    For more information, please visit http://www.kinshodo-shop.co.jp/ (Japanese)
  • Mt. Fuji Kitchen Cloth
    A kitchen cloth with Mt. Fuji motif The left picture is the design of the product when it is unfolded.It can be a good present for your family and friends.
    Access
    For more information, please visit http://www.yu-nakagawa.co.jp/en/
  • Arita Porcelain “SGHR / Fujiyama Glass
    When you pour beer in this glass shaped as if it is inverted…,Mt. Fuji of beer emerges with foam looking like a snow-capped summit.
    This handmade glass may be sometimes out of stock.
    Access
    For more information, please visit http://www.sugahara.com/english/