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.
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
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.
- 15-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride (to Ropeway-mae Bus Stop) from Kawaguchiko Station
- For more information, please visit http://www.fujikyu.co.jp/en/leisure/leisure13.html
While shopping in the outlet mall in Gotemba, at the base of Mt. Fuji, you can also enjoy a splendid view of the mountain.
- 15-minute free shuttle bus ride from Gotemba Station
- For more information, please visit http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/
- 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.
- 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.
- * 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.
- Trekking or hiking shoes
- Cold protection clothes (outerwear, gloves, caps, etc.)
- Rain gear
- Food and water
- Flashlight (for night climbing)
- Other equipment
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
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?
- Take the Fujikyu Bus between Gotemba Station and Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Fuji Sengen Jinja Bus Stop
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.
- Take the Fujikyu Bus bound for Oshino and Uchino, and get off at Oshino-hakkai Iriguchi Bus Stop
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.
- Take the Fujikyu Shizuoka Bus bound for Shiraito-no-taki (Shiraito Falls), get off at Gongenbashi Bus Stop, and walk for 10 minutes.
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.
- Take a bus bound for Hirano from Fujisan Station, get off at Yamanakako Hirano Bus Stop, and walk for 5 minutes.
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.
- Take a bus bound for Amusement Park Grinpa from Gotemba Station for 35 minutes and get off at Fuji Safari Park Bus Stop
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- For more information, please visit http://www.kinshodo-shop.co.jp/ (Japanese)
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.
- For more information, please visit http://www.yu-nakagawa.co.jp/en/
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.
- For more information, please visit http://www.sugahara.com/english/