- 0. Whole map around Kawaguchiko area.
- 1. Mt.Fuji 5th station
- 2. Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
- 3. Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine
- 4. Tenjoyama Ropeway (Kachi Kachi yama cable car)
- 5. Kawaguchiko bridge
- 6. Oishi park
- 7. Aokigahara forest and Caves
- 8. Ide shuzo Sake brewery
- 9. Oshino Hakkai springs
- Sample route #1 <Cycling highlights route>
- Sample route #2 <Bus 5th station and secret forest route>
- Sample route #3 <National Treasure route>
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The most accessible place from Tokyo to see Mt.Fuji is Kawaguchiko area.Last time we have written about How to get to Kawaguchiko area, this time we will write about what to do around Kawaguchiko area!
There are lots of places you could enjoy great views and experiences in Kawaguchiko area.
Let’s plan your itinerary!
0. Whole map around Kawaguchiko area.
*Kawaguchiko station is red star.
1. Mt.Fuji 5th station
From Kawaguchiko station, you could take a bus to 5th station.
(It takes about 1 hour for one way, 2,100 yen for round trip each.)
5th station is colder than Kawaguchiko station because the elevation is higher. And you could see the top of Mt.Fuji.
In summer season, lots of tourists (Of course Japanese too) are there to climb up to the top of Mt.Fuji since it opens only during summer. If you would like to do Mt. Fuji climbing, please go there in summer.
If you are interested in the tour with knowledgeable and friendly local guides, you can check the tour down below!
Mt.Fuji related article: Best 12 Mt. Fuji viewing spots
2. Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
It’s about 4km from Kawaguchiko station.
What makes it unique is Mt.Fuji combined with Pagoda.
At Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, we have to go up 398 steps to the top. But after that, you could see wonderful view!
This great view is really famous since lots of touristic books have the picture of this view. Please come visit there and take amazing pictures!
3. Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Shrine
This shrine is at Fujisan station and 4.5 km away from Kawaguchiko station.
It is very quiet and calm shrine and it’s the beginning point of Fuji Yoshida train. (to the top of Mt.Fuji)
You might feel spiritual power of Mt.Fuji.
If you are interested in Shrines, you might want to check the link down below.
*Shrines / Temples in Kanto area
4. Tenjoyama Ropeway (Kachi Kachi yama cable car)
It is located at the lake side of Kawaguchiko.
There are 2 cable cars and you could see the whole Kawaguchiko lake and Mt.Fuji from the top.
Especially in autumn season, you could see beautiful red autumn leaves while riding on the cable car.
Price : 800 yen for round trip . (3 minutes for one way)
5. Kawaguchiko bridge
Kawaguchiko bridge is a big bridge crossing the lake.
From the bridge, you could see big Mt.Fuji!!
6. Oishi park
This is a beautiful park located at lakeside of Kawaguchiko.
From there, you could see beautiful Mt.Fuji and Lavender in the middle of June and beginning of July!(Herb festival)
New facility Hanaterrace has opened lately. (Hanaterrace)
At the season of June and July, you could see beautiful wisterias.
7. Aokigahara forest and Caves
Aokigahara forest is spreading forest at the foot of Mt.Fuji.
Sadly this is known as a suicide place because it’s difficult to walk without a guide.
But it’s very beautiful for a small hiking.
There are caves near there and we could do caving at Narusawa ice cave and Fugaku wind cave.
How about exploring cave at the foot of Mt.Fuji?(350 yen each)
For nature lovers, you can also check this article about the nature spots around Tokyo: 5 Recommended Nature Spots in Tokyo
8. Ide shuzo Sake brewery
Very close to Kawaguchiko station, there is a Sake brewery called Ide shuzo.
They have a tour where you could see the inside of the brewery and the tour starts at 9:30 am or 3:00 pm.
(40-50 mins. 500 yen each including Sake tasting! Yummy!)
They make Sake from pure Mt.Fuji ground water.
If you are interested in Sake, you have to visit there!
Whiskey Distillery Tours, One day trip from Tokyo
9. Oshino Hakkai springs
This is natural spring from Mt.Fuji. You could see very pure water comes from ground.
And around the pond, there are many traditional Japanese houses.
That’s also beautiful and worth to visit!
(It’s 10 km from Kawaguchiko station. 300 yen to enter.)
If you are interested in a tour around Kawaguchiko area, please contact us!
Let’s explore Mt.Fuji area!
As we mentioned earlier, the period you can climb to Mt.Fuji is limited. It is only during summer (July and August)
Mt. Fuji viewing places
If you would like to climb / hike the mountain in Tokyo → Mount Takao
Sample route #1 <Cycling highlights route>
Do you like cycling?
If so, here is a sample route (2>5>6>8)
[Time] 7 hours
[Price] Cycling fee : 1 day for 1,500 – 2,500 yen (Normal one is cheap and electric cycle is expensive.)
+ Entrance fee 500 yen per person (Sake brewery)
Sample route #2 <Bus 5th station and secret forest route>
This route is going to 5th station, Aokigahara forest and Ice cave.(1>7)
*If you have time, how about going to Sake brewery(9) or Ropeway(4)?
[Time] 7 hours
[Price] About 3,600 yen for transportation. (About 2,100 yen to 5th station(round trip) and 1,500 yen for Aokigahara.)
+ Entrance fee 350 yen per person(Ice cave)
Sample route #3 <National Treasure route>
How about going to National treasures?
Going to Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen shrine and Oshino Hakkai.
Then back to Kawaguchiko and go to Kachi Kachi ropeway. (3>9>4)
[Time] 7 hours
[Price] 1,030 yen for transportation(bus) + Entrance fee 800 yen per person(Ropeway)
How do you think about those routes?
Let’s feel the power of Mt.Fuji at nearest places!
If you want to efficiently go around the locations above, our guides could help you.
The guides will show you around Kawaguchiko area and give you an eye-opener experience which you will never forget!
I went to Japan with a group of friends and my boyfriend and I had one day to ourselves. Since neither of us speak Japanese and wanted to explore the area, we booked a private tour for the day. SO glad we did! We had a tour through Japan Wonder Travel and were fortunate to have Yumiko as our guide. She was very informative of natural and cultural history as we toured. We went to Aokigahara Forest to the wind cave, which Yumiko informed us was in peak condition the day we went. The ice structures were beautiful! We then went to the ropeway in Kawaguchiko and had a great view of Mt. Fuji. After we went to lunch and had the local specialty, Hoto noodles, which were tasty. We went to the park on the lake and the to a sake distillery. The whole time Yumiko was very informative and easy to talk to. At the sake place she was so amazing at helping explain the sake creation process that the other tourists complimented her as a tour guide and asked us how we got in contact with her! Overall it was amazing and was the highlight of my two weeks in Japan. It was super customizable to whatever we wanted to do and we were not disappointed.by Molly (03/30/18)
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