Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji, reaching an altitude of 3,776 meters, is the tallest mountain in Japan and was designated as a world heritage site in 2013 for its cultural significance.

 

The splendid shape of vast mountain base is so wide that on a clear sunny day, you can see Tokyo metropolis 100 km away. Not only is its presence marvellous, but holds a special place in the heart of Japanese people.

 

From ancient times, the mountain has been ascribed as sacred and an object of worship and faith, as well as art. Inspiration from the mountain is depicted well in ancient art and culture; no doubt you will come across references to the mountain beloved by Japanese.

 

Let’s be clear about one thing. Mt. Fuji looks like a calm peaceful mountain, but is still an active volcano. There is no telling when it can erupt so you can’t put your guard down.

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●Access

Highway Bus [高速バス] (operational from end of April〜early November)

 

Riding the highway bus from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji is your fastest, cheapest, and most convenient option.

 

Buses to Fujikawako station [河口湖駅] leave from Shinjuku [新宿駅] and Tokyo station [東京駅] every 30 min.〜1 hour.

From Shibuya station [渋谷駅] buses leave once every hour.

Approx. travel time: 2 hours

 

There are buses that leave from Haneda Airport, Yokohama station, Tamagawa area, Shonan area, and Ikebukuro, but few in numbers

 

Recommended however, is the bus that leaves from Shinjuku station [新宿駅] and goes directly to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji.

 

Highway Bus: [Shinjuku station〜Mt. Fuji 5th station]: Keio Bus/Fuji Kyuko bus and other buses that share the route.

 

July〜September: 6〜12 buses depart everyday

Late April〜June; October〜early November: weekends only, 2 buses depart each of the days.

 

※Duration of bus service is limited and changes yearly.

 

Fujikyuko [富士急行]: http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/

Tel:0555-73-8181

Keio bus [京王バス]: http://www.keio-bus.com/highwaybus/#rosenichiran

Tel: 03-5376-2222

 

If you can read some Japanese then you are in luck! This site allows you to make reservations and check info in real time.

https://www.highwaybus.com/rs-web01-prd-rel/gp/info/lineDetail?lineGroupNo=1&lineId=170

 

During the summer climbing season, things can get a little hectic, so much so that you may not get a seat, so be sure to reserve tickets to and from the mountain.

 

  1. By Train

To Fujisan station [富士山駅]: From Shinjuku station, [新宿駅] ride the JR Chuo line [JR中央線] and transfer at Otsuki station [大月駅] to Fujikyuko line [富士急行] headed for Kawaguchiko [河口湖]. Alight at Fujisan station [富士山駅].

 

Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅]: From Shinjuku station, [新宿駅] ride the JR Chuo line [JR中央線] and transfer at Otsuki station [大月駅] to Fujikyuko line [富士急行] headed for Kawaguchiko [河口湖]. Alight at the last stop.

 

From both Fujisan station [富士山駅] and Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] ride the Fujikyuko bus headed for Mt. Fuji’s 5th station [富士山5号目] and alight at the last stop (Mt. Fuji 5th station [富士山5合目])

The bus schedule may change due to weather and seasonality.

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●Recommended

Whether it’s climbing Mt. Fuji, gazing at it from a distance, taking pleasure in the rich natural environment surrounding the iconic mountain (lakes, caves, or sea of trees),  or basking in the hot springs, experience it the way you want.

 

Spring, summer, and fall (April〜November) are the only seasons you can set foot on Mt. Fuji. Winter is off limits. But if you want to reach the summit, your only chance is in summer, so be aware.

 

Below are tips and info categorized by how passionate you are about climbing the mountain (4 stars=dying to climb, 1 star=a photo op is enough).

 

① Passion for Mt. Fuji: ★★★★

(Can’t wait to climb it!)

Please go on and fulfill your dream climbing to the summit!

 

However you can only go during the “YAMABIRAKI Climbing season” (early July〜early September) when the climbing route is open. If you can follow the rules and climbing etiquette during these 2 months, you’ll have no problems.

 

Be well prepared for altitude sickness, apparel for extreme weather and so on. And if you are someone who’s never climbed a mountain before, going for the summit is not advisable.

 

The climbing path is mostly a steep incline with rocky areas. Don’t even think about going with a T-shirt and sandals, you might just end up freezing to death or falling to your death.

 

Check this site as many times as you have to to understand the rules.

http://www.fujisan223.com/en/rule/

 

② Passion for Mt. Fuji: ★★★☆

(Interested in climbing but not hardcore)

 

Climbing to the summit is not necessary, but hop on a bus that’ll take you to the 5th station.

 

Though it’s only the 5th station, the altitude reaches 2,305 meters with a commanding view of its surroundings. Several restaurants and gift shops are around too.

 

Keep in mind the temperatures are lower than sea-level, so dress appropriately. Let’s not forget to wear shoes that are comfortable to walk around in, be it hiking shoes or sneakers.

 

③ Passion for Mt. Fuji: ★★☆☆

(Want to enjoy scenic views of the mountain)

 

Take your time gazing at Mt. Fuji from nearby.

 

Around the Fuji Five Lakes, there are plenty of spots to take in Mt.Fuji and the beauty that surrounds it, as well as hot springs that present majestic views.

 

④ Passion for Mt. Fuji: ★☆☆☆

(Just need a moment to take a photo and do other stuff)

 

If you’re alright with just having a quick glance at Mt. Fuji and are a thrill seeking roller coaster lover, then Fuji Q Highland is your place.

 

No.1 in Japan for it’s line up of roller coasters and thrilling rides, it is a popular amusement park for adults.

 

While riding the attractions enjoy the awesome backdrop of Mt. Fuji while screaming in the air. 

 

Oh and not to mention, near Mt. Fuji there is an area dense in forest called “jakai” or “sea of trees” [樹海] popularized by the rumor that many people come here to commit suicide.

 

A lava cave [風穴] that always stays cool, a phenomenon created after lava cooled from a volcanic eruption, is also near.

 

Though these natural environments can be visited all year round, it is a must to wear long sleeved clothing and to have a raincoat. Another caution is, around the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, there are many spots that don’t get phone reception, so be sure to print out or take notes on necessary info.

 

Lastly, there are many tourists and climbers during the summer open season, especially on weekends and during obon festival season. Do your best to avoid those times.

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●Check It

Mt. Fuji, 5th Station [富士山の5合目]
For someone like you who’s not a mountain climber, the 5th station of Mt. Fuji offers plenty to enjoy. There you can enjoy gift shopping and eating at restaurants open during the climbing season.

 

Near the shops is a “strong power spot” associated with Komita Shrine [小御岳神社] and to the side of it is a viewing platform with a breathtaking sight on a clear day.

Pass through the mountain road gate as you are coming from the parking area of the 5th station and you will come across “Satomidaira” [里見平], another great observation spot. The scenic view of Lake Yamanaka [山中湖], Lake Kawaguchi [河口湖], and the city of Fujiyoshida can be seen.

 

On a side note, if you are relentless in your pursuit of the summit, hike the “Fujinomiya Route” [富士宮ルート] which begins from the 5th station and is the closest path to the summit, and therefore most popular.

 

Admiring the Sunrise from the Summit

Climbing the mountain to catch the sunrise from the summit is a brilliant experience; many people cry it’s so moving (though I think crying is a bit too much).

Here are 2 options for seeing the sunrise.

 

① Climb and do an all nighter:
Embark on your climb from the 5th station between 20:00〜21:00 and continue climbing without sleeping, reaching the summit around 03:30.

05:00, give or take a few min., is when the sun begins its rise.

This attempt requires a great deal of endurance, not to mention it is easy to get altitude sickness, and therefore not recommended.

 

② 1 night stay at a mountain hut [山小屋]:
Arrive at the 7th or 8th station some time in the evening and crash at one of the mountain huts.

After getting some sleep, depart around midnight〜01:00, and reach the summit around 03:30. Watch the sunrise around 05:00.

 

Cost to stay at the hut without meals: 5,000 yen〜7,000 yen
Cost with 2 meals (dinner & breakfast):  7,000 yen〜9,000 yen

 

There are no private rooms, similar to bunks, and no showers or washrooms; it’s far from comfortable.

 

Most of the meals at the mountain huts are extremely simple, curry for dinner and rice balls for breakfast. Think of the huts as just a temporary rest spot.
Be aware that if you don’t make reservations for the hut ahead of time you could find yourself without a place to rest. Check the link below for info and reservations (only in Japanese).

http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/index.html

 

Fuji-Q Highland [富士急ハイランド]
Look no further than Fuji Highland for rollercoaster rides that are sure to thrill you and leave you screaming.

 

Here are the 4 top rides:

 

① DODONPA [ドドンパ]:
The ride uses compressed air to launch the roller coaster from a horizontal position.

From the start, it takes an astounding 1.8 seconds to reach its max speed of 172 km/h! Then reaches a height of 53 meters from the ground dropping vertically for an instant rush!

 

② TAKABISHA [高飛車]:
A roller coaster ride with linear motor acceleration and a vertical climb of 43 meters for a sudden drop off at a 121° angel. It is recognized by Guinness World Records as the steepest drop in the world.

 

③ eejanaika [ええじゃないか]:
The first and 2nd in the world to produce a 4 dimension roller coaster that twists, turns spinning your seat forward and backward with your legs dangling free. It’s got 14 spins, the most in the world and a Guiness World Record.

 

FUJIYAMA
Dubbed the “the King of Coasters”, the large-scale coaster reaches speeds of 130 km/h and a max drop of 70 meters at a max height of 79 meters. Everything about it is world class and is No.1 in popularity at the park.

Address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi
[山梨県富士吉田市新西原5-6-1]

 

Access to Fuji-Q:

① By Highway Bus [高速バス]
Recommended for it’s convenience and speed.
Getting to Fuji-Q Highland bus stop:

From Shinjuku station [新宿駅]: approx. 1 hour 40 min.
From Tokyo station [東京駅]: approx. 1 hour 50 min.

Buses from the above stations have the most frequent departure times (about 1 bus every 30 min.).

From Shibuya station [渋谷駅]: approx. 2 hours 20 min.
Buses from Shibuya station depart about once every hour.

From Haneda airport, Yokohama station, Tama area, Shonan, Ikebukuro, there are a few buses a day.

 

Bus companies:
Fuji Kyuko [富士急行]
Tel: 0555-73-8181
http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/

Keio Bus [京王バス]
http://www.keio-bus.com/highwaybus/#rosenichiran

Tel: 03-5376-2222

 

② By Train
From Shinjuku station [新宿駅] take the JR Chuo line [中央線] to Otsuki station [大月駅] and transfer to the Fuji Kyuko line [富士急行]. Get off at Fuji-Q Highland station [富士急ハイランド].

Travel time: 2 hours 40 min.
If you take the Rapid train “Super Azusa” [特急電車スーパーあずさ], you’ll arrive in 2 hours.
Tel: 0555-23-2111
Closed: 1 day a month
2016: 10/18, 11/15, 12/13,12/20
2017: 1/10, 1/17, 2/7, 2/8
Open: 9am〜17:00 (closes earlier in winter)
Entrance Fee: 1,400 yen; free pass: 5,700 yen (including entrance fee)
Url: https://www.fujiq.jp/en/

 

Fugaku Fuketsu [富岳風穴] (Fugaku wind hole)
Located among the sea of trees in Aokigahara is this wind hole that once stored silkworm eggs. Now, it is home to stretched out icicles and rare shapes of cooled lava shelves for visitors to see.

This natural “refrigerator” phenomenon has been listed as a natural monument, reaching temperatures no higher than 3℃ during summer.

You should be able to walk through the 201 meter premises in 15 min.

As a warning, it’s best to bring along a raincoat and shoes to protect yourself from the cold drops of water from the icicles and slippery ground.

Near here are a number of similar wind holes, but this one is the easiest to access.

 

Address: 2068-1 Aokigahara, Saiko, Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町西湖青木ヶ原2068―1]

Access: Ride the Kawaguchiko “tour” retro bus [河口湖周遊レトロバス] and alight at “Fugaku Fuketsu” bus stop [富岳風穴バス停]
Open: [Autumn〜winter]: 9:00〜16:30; [spring〜early summer]: 9:00〜17:00; [August]: 8:30〜18:00 (all times depend on season and weather conditions)
Closed: depending on season and weather conditions
Fee: [Adults/Junior high school and above]: 350 yen; [Kids]: 200 yen
Tel: 0555-85-2300
Url: http://fujigoko.info/icecave/flash/windcave.html

 

Aokigahara Sea of Trees [青木ヶ原樹海]
Famous as a place of suicides, more than 100 people a year take their own lives here, or so it goes.

It’s one of the world’s most famous “spirit” grounds, so if you’re into that kind of thing, it’s a must visit.

If you are lucky (or unlucky?) you might experience a spiritual phenomenon.

If you’d like a less intense experience, try using a guide on a tour course.

However avid a fan, do not go deep into the sea of trees yourselves, it’s easy to lose your way and you will end up as part of the “living spirits”.

http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/nature/jukai_e.php

 

Address: Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi and

Narusawa, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi
[山梨県南都留郡 富士河口湖町と鳴沢村]

Access: Ride the green Saiko Omnibus [西湖周遊バス] from Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] and alight at one of the following bus stops:
“Saiko Komoriana” [西湖コウモリ穴]
“Ryugu dokutsu iriguchi” [竜宮洞穴入口]
“Saikoyacho no morikoen” [西湖野鳥の森公園]

Or hop on the blue Narusawa, Shojinko, Motosuko Omnibus [鳴沢・精進湖・本栖湖周遊バス] and alight at one of the following bus stops:
“Narusawa Hyoketsu” [鳴沢氷穴]
“Fugaku Fuketsu” [富岳風穴]
“Akaike” [赤池]
“Shojinko Minshukumura” [精進湖民宿村]
Estimated travel time: 35〜45 min.

For tour applications: Saiko Bat-Cave Information Center 0555-82-3111

Url: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/nature/jukai_e.php

 

Fuji Goko [富士五湖] (The Fuji Five Lakes)
The Fuji Five Lakes: Lake Motosu [本栖湖], Lake Shoji [精進湖], Lake Saiko [西湖 ], Lake Kawaguchi [河口湖], and Lake Yamanaka [山中湖], are all at the base of Mt. Fuji and were formed from the eruption of Mt. Fuji.

Around each of the 5 lakes are several spectacular spots to observe Mt. Fuji.

 

Splendid Spots to See Mt. Fuji
The below areas have been chosen based on accessibility by public transport and within 1 hour from a train/bus stop by foot.

Here’s our original ranking:
*Perhaps you’ve heard of the term “Diamond Fuji”, no? Well the name comes from the sunrise and sunset reaching the summit of Mt. Fuji, symbolizing the twinkle and beauty of a diamond.
It is only visible during the winter season.

“Upside-down” Fuji is what locals call the vertical reflection of Mt. Fuji from the lake surface.

 

① Nagaike Shinsui Koen [長池親水公園]

This spot boasts a brilliantly clear panoramic view of Mt. Fuji from the north side of Lake Yamanaka.

If there are no waves, you’ll see a perfect reflection of Mt. Fuji.

And if you happen to pass by in mid November or early February when the sun is setting, you will be lucky enough to see “double diamond”, Mt. Fuji and the sparking summit reflecting off the lake surface.

The lake is also home to many white swans. A photo op. With Mt. Fuji and the beautiful birds is not bad either.

 

Address: 3222 Hirano, Yamanakako Village, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都 留郡山中湖村 平野3222]

Access: Near “Nagaike shinsui koen mae” bus stop [長池親水公園前].

Ride the “Fujikko 2go bus” [ふじっ湖2号バス] from Fujisan station [富士山駅] on the Fujikyuko line [富士急行], and alight at “Nagaike shinsui koen mae” bus stop [長池親水公園前]. Approx. travel time: 45 min.

 

Or

 

Near “Nagaike shinsui koen mae” bus stop [長池親水公園前].

Ride  the “Kururin” bus [ぐるりんバス] from Fuji Yoshida station [富士吉田駅] on the Fujikyuko line. Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: 24 hours
Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-62-9977
Url: http://www.vill.yamanakako.yamanashi.jp.e.kh.hp.transer.com/spot_detail.php?id=10

 

② Lake Yamanaka flower City park [山中湖 花の都公園]

The park welcomes visitors each season with blooming flowers and a picturesque view of Mt. Fuji.

The grand site is home to Tulips in spring, Sunflowers in summer, autumn invites Cosmos, and winter welcomes Buckwheat.

“Diamond Fuji” can be seen during winter evenings here too.
There are facilities for eating and other activities as well.

 

Address: 1650 Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡山中湖村山中1650]
Access: Near “Hana no Miyako koen” bus stop [花の都公園].
Ride the Fujikko bus [ふじっ湖号バス] from Fujisan station [富士山駅] on the Fujikyuko line [富士急行].

Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: 8:30~17:30 [October 16〜April 15]: 9:00~16:30
Closed: [December 1〜March 15]: Tuesdays (open if holiday)
Fee: [Adult]: 500 yen; [Child]: 200 yen.

[March 16〜April 14/October 16〜November 30]: [Adult]: 300 yen; [Child]: 120 yen

[December 1〜March 15]: Free
Amenities:
Tel: 0555-62-5587
Url:  http://www.hananomiyakokouen.jp/

 

③ Mt. Arakura Sengen Park [新倉山浅間公園]

A park found mid-slope on Mt. Arakura.
You’ll be yelping in excitement “this is the Japanese scene I had imagined”; with an extravagant view of Mt. Fuji, a five storied pagoda, and sakura blooming during the spring, it is a very popular spot.
You too have seen this scenic photo, right?

650 sakura trees (Yoshino Cherry) bloom elegantly in spring; winter entertains a snow covered scene, both of which are fantastic.

 

Address: 3353 Arakura, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0011

[山梨県富士吉田市新倉3353]
Access: 15 min. walk from Shimo Yoshida station [下吉田駅] on Fujikyuko line [富士急行線]
Open:  24 hours
Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-22-1111
Url: http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/spot/p1_4919.html

 

④ Lake Motosu [本栖湖]

Lake Motosu has the deepest depth among the 5 lakes at 122 meters, however, due to its high transparency, the lake is a stunning azure color.

The view of Mt. Fuji from this point is so stunning, it is printed on the 1,000 yen note.

 

Address: Minobu, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南巨摩郡身延町]

Access: Near “Motosuko rest house” bus stop [本栖湖レストハウス].
From Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] ride the Fujikyuko bus [富士急行バス] for “Motosuko” [本栖湖方面行き]. Alight at “Motosuko rest house” bus stop [本栖湖レストハウス].

Approx. travel  time: 50 min.
Open: 24 hours
Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-62-1116
Url: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/search_e/info.php?ca_id=2&if_id=855

 

⑤ Panorama-dai [パノラマ台]
Located on a hill, below your eyes is Lake Yamanaka, and further out is Mt. Fuji spread wide and .

 

Address: Hirano, Yamanakako, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡山中湖村平野]

Access: 25 min. walk from “Mikuniyama hiking course iriguchi (entrance)” bus stop [三国山ハイキングコース入口].

From Fujiyoshida station [富士吉田駅] on the Fujikyuko line [富士急行線], ride the Fujikyuko bus [富士急行バス] for Hirano [平野行き]. Alight at “Mikuniyama hiking course iriguchi (entrance)” bus stop [三国山ハイキングコース入口]

Approx. travel time: 1 hour
Open: 24 hours
Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-62-9977
Url: http://www.vill.yamanakako.yamanashi.jp.e.kh.hp.transer.com/spot_detail.php?id=15

 

⑥ Hoshino Hakkai [忍野八海]

8 ponds facing  old Japanese styled thatched roofs and Mt. Fuji give the feeling of “the good old days” of Japan. Relish the “old Japanese life” scenery.

 

Address: Shibokusa, Oshino, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡忍野村忍草]
Access: 1 min. walk from “Oshino hakkai” bus stop [忍野八海].

From Fujisan station [富士山駅] ride Fujikyuko bus headed for either Gotenba station [御殿場駅] or Hirano [平野]. Alight at “Oshino hakkai” bus stop [忍野八海].

Approx. travel time: 25 min.
Open: 24 hours (Sokonashi-ike 9:00〜17:00)
Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free (Sokonashi-ike 300 yen)
Tel: 0555-84-4221
Url:  http://www.vill.oshino.yamanashi.jp/8lake.html

 

⑦ Tenjo-yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway
(a.k.a Lake Kawaguchi Mt. Tenjo Ropeway)

The ropeway takes off from an altitude of 856 meters and arrives at Fujimidai station that lies 1075 meters high. The 3 min. ride is short, but for 3 min. You get an unobstructed panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.

The best photo spot is from the observation deck, where a heart shaped bell carved out sits with  Mt. Fuji perfectly squared.

The ropeway gondola arrives conveniently every 5〜10 min.

 

Address: 1163-1 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町浅川1163-1]

Access: Near Yuransen Ropeway entrance [遊覧船•ロープウェイ入口] bus stop.

From Kawaguchiko station, ride the “Kawaguchiko” retro bus [河口湖周遊レトロバス] for 11 minutes and alight at Yuransen Ropeway entrance [遊覧船•ロープウェイ入口] bus stop.

Approx. travel time: 15 min.
Open: 9:00〜17:00 (seasonal changes apply)
Closed: open everyday
Fee: [Adult] one way: 450 yen/round trip: 800 yen; [Child] one way: 230 yen/round trip: 400 yen
Tel: 0555-72-0363
Url: http://www.kachikachiyama-ropeway.com/en/

 

⑧ Ubuyagasaki [産屋ヶ崎]
On the east shore of Lake Kawaguchi is a small cape, made famous by the “upside-down Mt.Fuji” reflecting off the lake.

In spring, the cherry blossoms blooming along the lakeside is quite beautiful.

 

Address: Asakawa, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町浅川

Access: Near “Ubuyaksaki” bus stop [産屋ヶ崎]
Ride either the Retro bus or the bus for “kofu” [甲府方面行き] from Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅]

Approx. travel time: 10 min.
Open: everyday 9:00〜17:00 (seasonal changes apply)

Closed: open everyday
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-72-3168

 

⑨ Misaka Toge [御坂峠] & Tengachaya [天下茶屋]

An inspirational view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi can be observed in one shot from Misaka Toge, a mountain pass, and Tengachaya, a Japanese style cafe which sits along the pass.

Here, you can eat Japanese sweets, dango, or drink sweet half sake, “amazake,” while taking in a splendid view of Nature’s creation. In eating Japanese sweets along with sweet wine, you can experience Japanese refinement.

 

Address: 2739 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡 富士河口湖町 河口2739]

Access: From Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅], ride the Fujikyu bus [富士急バス] headed for “tenkajaya” [天下茶屋] and alight at the last stop. Destination is near the last stop.

Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: everyday 9:00〜sunset (“tenkajaya” [天下茶屋])
Tel: 0555-76-6659
Url: http://www.tenkachaya.jp

 

⑩ Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nenba [西湖いやしの里根場]

Here you can also see traditional Japanese thatched roofs with Mt. Fuji standing tall in the distance.

In spring, you can witness a picturesque scenery of Mt. Fuji, Japanese traditional thatched roof houses and weeping cherry trees [枝垂桜] in full bloom.

 

Address: 2710 Saiko nenba, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0332

[山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町 西湖根場2710]

Access: Near “saiko iyashi no sato” bus stop [西湖いやしの里根場]

From Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] ride the retro bus and alight at “saiko iyashi no sato” bus stop [西湖いやしの里根場]

Approx. travel time: 50 min.
Open: [March〜November]: 9:00〜17:00; [December〜February]: 9:30〜16:30
Closed: [December〜February only]: Wednesday
Fee: [Adult]: 350 yen; [primary/jr. High school student]: 150 yen
Tel: 0555-20-4677
Url: http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/search_e/info.php?ca_id=2&if_id=545

 

Noteworthy of Mention:

① Fuji Shibazakura Festival [富士芝桜まつり]
Every year from the end of April to the end of May, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival [富士芝桜まつり] is held at the Fuji Motosuko Resort [富士本栖湖リゾート]

The cherry blossoms here bloom after the cherry blossoms in Tokyo have wilted away, so if you’ve missed your chance in Tokyo, it’s best to visit here.

It’s a beautiful site with over 800,000 moss phlox (shibazakura) plants in 6 variations of color nestled in front of a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji.

Address: 212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡 富士河口湖町 本栖212]

Access: Ride bus prepared for the event from Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅]
Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: [Mid April〜end of May only]: 8:00~17:00
Fee: [Adult]: 600 yen ; [Child]: 250 yen
Tel: 0555-89-3031
Url:  http://www.shibazakura.jp/

 

② Oishi Park 大石公園 (Lavender)
Lavenders bloom between mid-June〜mid-July, which looks especially beautiful with Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji in the backdrop.

Address: 2585 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町大石2585]

Access: Ride the retro bus from Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] and get off at “Kawaguchiko shizen seikatsukan” bus stop [河口湖自然生活館]. It is near there.

Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: Everyday
Closed: mid June〜mid July
Fee: Free
Tel: 0555-76-8230

URL: http://www.seikatsukan.jp/index.html

 

Hot Springs with Mt. Fuji Views

 

① Yamanakako Onsen Red Fuji hot water [山中湖温泉 紅富士の湯]
Hot spring facility that boasts a view of Mt. Fuji from every bath location.

Before sunrise during winter, Mt. Fuji appears colored in Red, that’s where the hot spring gets its name.

There is a large garden, 2 outdoor baths, and restaurants in the facility.

 

Address: 865-776 Yamanaka, Yamanakakomura, Mimamitsuru District, Yamanashi

[山梨県南都留郡山中湖村山中865-776 ]

Access: Near “Benifuji no yu” [紅富士の湯バス停]
Ride “Fujikko bus” [ふじっ湖号] from Fujisan station [富士山駅] on the Fujikyuko line [富士急行].

Approx. travel time: 30 min.
Open: 10:00〜21:00 (entrance open until 20:30); [December〜February]: weekends & holidays open from 6:00

Closed: Tuesdays (unless holiday); [July〜September ]: open everyday
Fee: [Adult]: 800 yen; [student]: 600 yen; [primary student]: 300 yen; [under primary age]: free
Amenities: Face towel (220 yen), bath towel (rental 100 yen), free shampoo, rinse, and body soap.
Tel: 0555-20-2700
Url: http://www.benifuji.co.jp

 

② “Fuji Chobo no Yu Yurari” [富士眺望の湯 ゆらり]
The large public bath of “Takami” [高見] and the open air bath “Panorama furo” [パノラマ風呂] both present a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji.

Restaurants are accessible in the facility.

 

Address: 8532-5 Narusawa Village, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi 401-0320

[〒401-0320 山梨県南都留郡鳴沢村8532-5]

Access: 3 min. walk from “Fuji Midori no Kyukamura” bus stop [富士緑の休暇村バス停].

From Kawaguchiko station [河口湖駅] on Fujikyuko line [富士急行] ride the Fujikyuko bus [富士急行バス] headed for “Motosuko” [本栖湖], and alight at “Fuji Midori no Kyukamura” bus stop [富士緑の休暇村バス停]

Approx. travel time: 25 min.
Open: 10:00〜22:00 (front desk open until 21:00)

Closed: Maintanence days only
Fee:[Adult weekdays]: 1,300 yen (1,100 yen with entrance after 19:00)
[Adult weekends/holidays]: 1,500 yen (1,300 yenwith entrance after 19:00)
[Child 4 years old〜Jr. high school weekdays]: 650 yen
[Child 4 years old〜Jr. high school weekends/holidays]: 700 yen
Amenities: Free face towel, bath towel, shampoo, rinse, and body soap.
Tel: 0555-85-3126
Url:  http://www.fuji-yurari.jp

 

③ Fujiyama Onsen [ふじやま温泉]
One of the largest pure wood bath facilities in Japan.

The grand view from the resting room is an unobstructed picturesque Mt.Fuji.

Within the facility is a restaurant as well.

 

Address: 4-1524 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi

[山梨県富士吉田市新西原4-1524]
Access: 5 min. By free shuttle bus from Fujiyama station [富士山駅] on Fujikyuko line [富士急行]

Open: 10:00〜23:00 (entrance until 22:00)
Closed: Maintenance days only
Fee:[Adult weekdays]: 1,400 yen
[Adult: Sat./Sun. Holidays, Golden Week, New Years week]: 1,700 yen
[Child 3 years old〜Elementary school on weekdays]: 700 yen
[Child 3 years old〜Elementary school on Sat./Sun. Holidays, Golden Week, New Years week]: 850 yen

Amenities: Free face towel, bath towel, shampoo, rinse, and body soap.
Tel: 0555-22-1126
Url:  http://www.fujiyamaonsen.jp/index.html

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