Mt. Fuji - Day Trip, Tokyo
I was told October is the best time to visit Japan since you lose the crowds and humidity of summer, and that the weather is cooling down. Upon my arrival in Japan, I was glad to have come during the time of year I did. The weather wasn't bad at all!
Hence when we set out to visit Mt. Fuji, I was delighted that the weather was decent. After leaving Tokyo and making our way along the scenic freeways, we found ourselves at Kawaguchiko Staiton in Yamanashi and made our way to the 5th Step of Mt. Fuji, which is almost near the top of the famous cone that has become a symbol of Japan. Yes....it ended up being cloudy and we couldn't see the summit from the 5th Station. Although the clouds broke briefly here and there, we didn't end up seeing the summit. BUT....that's alright!! It didn't matter. We were there. It was magical and just being there was enough for me. The fall colors were out in full force and the crowds weren't too bad.
So as they say, sometimes it's not the destination that matters but the journey. The journey we had on Mt. Fuji was amazing! I feel blessed to have set foot here. Make it a priority while in Japan to head out here. If in Tokyo, you can catch a bus from the Shinjuku Main Bus Terminal, and while reservations are accepted, we just walked up and bought our ticket at the counter. Make sure you get off at Kawaguchiko Station.
Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, stands 12,389 feet and is the highest mountain in Japan. Just 62 miles from Tokyo, the mountain is within view of Japan's capital on a clear day. Fuji become a symbol of the country after about 1500 when the capital moved to Edo or Tokyo.
Mount Fuji is considered an active volcano, though it has not erupted since 1708.
the first stop on a mount fuji tour. the fuji visitors center is a convenient stop as you can stretch your muscles after a 2 hour trip going to mount fuji. Inside the 2 floor fuji visitors center are various murals, posters, pictures, documentaries about mount fuji and they also sell some mount fuji souvenirs like keychains or shirts or ref magnets. there is a restaurant at the second floor where you can buy refreshments or just buy and the various vending machines at the first floor hehehe. if the place is not cloudy then you will see mount fuji from it too. from here the drive to the fifth station is about thirty minutes at 8,200 feet above sea level. I was here 24 years ago on my first mount fuji trip but it was snowing them (unlike now it is autumn when we went here) and we only came up to the 2nd station instead of the fifth station.
From Tokyo you can make several interesting and scenic day trips. While we were in Tokyo, we made two. One was to Kawaguchi-ko in the vicinity of Mount Fuji. An easy and affordable way to get there is on highway bus from Shinjuku. It costs JPY1700 oneway. The Keio Highway Bus Company runs regular trips several times a day.
We took a 0710 bus to Kawaguchi-ko, as the best time to see Mt Fuji is in the morning. Often by afternoon the haze/smog has rolled in and the mountain is difficult or impossible to see. I have written more about Kawaguchi-ko on my Japan page. From Shinjuku to Kawaguchi-ko the journey took about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Another worthwhile daytrip from Tokyo is to Kamakura, a temple town and ancient capital, south of Yokohama. The best way to go there is by train and a one-way trip will cost us JPY890, with one transfer. You can take either the JR Keihin-Tohuku Negishi line or the JR Yokosuka line from Tokyo.
the 2 hour drive to mount fuji with assorted views via a bus on a mount fuji day trip tour. The Drive to Mt Fuji area via Chuo-express highway. It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo area and along the way there are various wonderful sceneries that you would enjoy like seeing the scenic japanese countryside and the traditonal japanese houses as compared to the condominiums of tokyo. You would also see various mountaijn tunnels bored into the expressway and the fujiyama amusement park near mount fuji, home to the 2nd tallest roller coster in the world and finally to a stop at Mt Fuji visitor center (you can see how Mt Fuji was created and about the history of Mt Fuji area) and the last stop is at one of the fifth stations atop mount fuji.
a tour in one of the 4 fifth stations of mount fuji. there are basically four 5th stations in the mount fuji area and this fifth station popular with tourist is the kawaguchiko 5th station. Kawaguchiko, Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya are the four 5th stations and have varying heights, The highest fifth station is located at Fujinomiya, followed by Kawaguchi, Subashiri, and Gotemba. Even though it is only the second highest fifth stations, the Kawaguchiko route is the most popular route because of its large parking area and many large mountain huts where a climber can rest or stay. During the summer season, most Mount Fuji climbing tour buses arrive there. The next popular is the Fujinomiya route which has the highest fifth station, followed by Subashiri and Gotemba.
We book Mt Fuji tour package from Sunrise Tours Company. Unfortunately when we arrived at first stop it was snowing and cloudy which made the visibility of Mt Fuji poor; actually we could not see a thing. Oh well they say you have to consider yourself lucky if you get a clear view of the mountain, no such luck for us.
Mt Fuji is the highest mountain (3776 metres) in Japan. The mountain is sacred and has been worshipped by the Japanese people. Mt Fuji is active volcano but it has been asleep for few hundred years, the last time erupted was in 1708.
Even though we didn’t see Mt Fuji the bus trip was good, we got to see the country side. I still recommend Mt Fuji for you to see. Go and see it on a clear day if you can control nature ;-)
Mt. Fuji is a Natural tourist attraction in Tokyo, Japan. It is the largest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). An active volcano that last erupted in 1707–08. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
You can see Mount Fuji from various towns around Tokyo, for example from Hakone, Atami and Kawaguchi-ko. We went to Kawaguchi-ko from where you have a very nice view of the mountain and you can also take a walk around the KAwaguchi-ko lake. It is a very small and peaceful town. If you travel with kids, there is a nice amusement park there as well.
Rent a car from Tokyo and drive to Mt. Fuji. Make sure you have maps in English . At the car rental place they gave us maps in Japanese and told us to stay to the left of the road or was that to the right...
Be sure to check out the surfers en route.
The tourist route out to mount Fuji is more well-worn than the tyres on a clapped out Nissan minicab in South London.
We found the best value ticket to do the trip was the weekday pass from Odakyu railway.
It gave transport out, the ropeway, boat and bus travel to get round the 'circuit' for less than 5000 Yen each. It's a little slower getting there than other trains, as you are essentially on a local train - but that is the only drawback.
P.S Leave time to look around Hakone-moto as it has a few historicaly interesting bits and pieces.
Mt. Fuji mainly open in early summer till early Autumn from late May till early September. Most of the people visit here at late night and then wait for the morning sun raise. The temperature here goes down to -5C in summer, a sweater is a must bring item. Besides, beers and tip bits and friends will cheer up your day trip to Mt. Fuji.
Take a trip to this Lavender field. The unique in Summer. How well you understanding the types of Lavender? Another famous stuff is fruits. I brought some 'momo'. Check it out! Look closer to the picture, the scence behind the lavender is the Mt. Fuji. Hopefully you can have a full view of it. I was lucky.
Mt. Fuji is being a nasional symbol of a Japanese. The highest mountain in Japan; 3,776m. They are proud of the Mt. Fuji. If you are having a close look, its like a shape of a lady's skirt. Fantastic! There is a history behind this Mt. Fuji. How this 10-station being located and being mark and the story of a mother and a son. Hopefully you can get a Japanese to tell you this. I got up till the 5th station by coach and it was a summer. Further up, you have to climb up yourself and it takes another 6-8 hours to reach the peak. Japanese believe, they need to climb up to the peak at least once before they leave the world. They is another story behind this.
Overrall, is a very fantastic journey and is one of the wonder in Japan.
Before coming to Japan, the only Mt. Fuji I had ever heard of was the name of a wrestler on GLOW (The gorgeous ladies of wrestling.) But it is impossible to underestimate the love the people of Japan have for this mountain and the lengths they will go to, to make sure you know about it.
I literally saw images of it everywhere. Which is good, because I went during the rainy season and could never get a good look at it. I have an excellent camera, but even that couldn't get me a photo of it as I rode by it on the Shinkansen (the appropriate name for a bullet train in Japan) to Kyoto.
I have heard on the right days that it is visable from Tokyo tower, and the west side of Tokyo. You couldn't prove it by me. I had to take a train to see it. But, it was a rather nice mountain once I was whizzing by it.
Most hotels will have tour company information that includes packages that will help you to get there. Even I as an experienced driver in Japan did not want to drive out there. Plus, it is a rather good distance from Tokyo. The tour packages looked good to me, some complete with hot springs and climbing expeditions.