Mt. Fuji area is one of the most beautiful areas of Japan, not only for the view but for everything it offers. My advice is to sleep at least 3 nights so you can visit the area calmly. Unfortunately, very often people choose to spend only one day, to visit the Chureito Pagoda and return to Tokyo. For more info on how to get to the Mt. Fuji area and where to sleep, read here! Check my 15 days itinerary in Japan to know everything about my Japanese trip.
5 THINGS TO DO IN MT. FUJI AREA
- Onsen day
- Mt. Fuji 5th Station
- Fuji-Q Highland
- Chureito Pagoda, all the info click here!
- Kawaguchiko Lake
The Onsen is one of the most popular activities in this area, they are thermal water pools very typical in Japan. You can find external or internal Onsen in the various hotels around Mt. Fuji. My advice is to stay in a hotel without an onsen (it’s cheaper) and pay the admission the same day.
During my stay in the Mt. Fuji area, I decided to visit the Fuji Yurari Hot Spring. I absolutely recommend it, if you want more information, read here! But first you need to know that to join an Onsen you must comply with the following rules:
- Women and men go to separate pools
- It is not allowed to wear swimsuits, you can only enter naked
- It is not allowed if you have tattoos
MT. FUJI 5th STATION
This is part dedicated to mountain lovers. Climbing Mount Fuji is a dream for those who love the mountains or for those who want to take a beautiful walk. I for time and climatic conditions have chosen not to climb. The advice is to get to one of the 4 Mt. Fuji 5th Station and take a walk from there or start the climb.
To choose one of the 4 Mt. Fuji 5th Station, it all depends on where you are staying, from Kawaguchiko Station, you will be the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. The Subaru Line, a scenic road up Mount Fuji’s lower northern slopes, that begins in Kawaguchiko Town. The toll road costs 2060 yen and may temporarily get partially closed in times of heavy snow. Here you can find all the information about it.
Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park in Fujiyoshida, it was opened on March 2, 1968, and is near the base of Mount Fuji. It has numerous roller coasters, and two haunted attractions, including the second-largest haunted attraction in the world. Other attractions related to the anime series of Gundam and Evangelion. Admission is free only pay the attractions you want, here you can find all the prices.
To reach the park by train, the nearest station is Fujikyu-Highland Station where Fujikyuko Line arrives (not included in the Japan rail pass). The Fujikyuko Line starts from Ōtsuki Station, ticket price 1500 for the fast train, 1100 for the slow train. From Ōtsuki Station, direct trains from Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Station arrive here. Any doubts about the Japan Rail Pass? Read here!
If you prefer the bus because you haven’t bought the Japan rail pass, you can pick it up from Tokyo Station. The price of the one-way ticket is 2000 yen, and the journey time is 2 hours without traffic.
Kawaguchiko Lake is one of the 5 lakes that surround the area of the Mt. Fuji area. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu national park and rises to a height of about 800 meters. Lake Kawaguchi is the most popular of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of tourists and has the most developed tourist infrastructure. To know which tour buses can be used in this area read here! To book the day trip from Tokyo, check here!