Mt. Fuji - Day Trip, Tokyo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ;-)
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.
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.
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.
Mount Fuji, affectionately called 'Fuji-san' by the Japanese, has been revered since ancient times. Throughout the centuries Japanese poets have written about it, painters have painted it, pilgrims have flocked to it, and more than a few people have died on it. Without a doubt, this mountain has been photographed more than anything else in Japan.
Mount Fuji is stunningly impressive. At 12,388 feet, it towers far above anything else around it, a cone of almost perfectly symmetrical proportions. Mt. Fuji is majestic, grand, and awe-inspiring. To the Japanese it symbolizes the very spirit of their country. Though it's visible on clear days from as far as 100 miles away, Fuji-san is, unfortunately, almost always cloaked in clouds. If you catch a glimpse of this mighty mountain (which you can sometimes do from the bullet train between Tokyo and Nagoya), consider yourself extremely lucky. One of the best spots for views of Mount Fuji is Hakone.
I was lucky that on the day we went to Mount Fuji, the weather was very nice, the sky was clear so we can see Mount Fuji very clearly. Our tour guide said we were very lucky because normally we can't see Mount Fuji in the early April as it was hidden behind the clouds!
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.
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.
Our first halt was in Numazu, a small town near Tokyo! And there I saw Fujisan! The dormitory where rest of our group was staying, Fujisan, Mount Fuji, is right in front but visible only when he is in clear mood! Generally he prefers to remain hidden behind clouds! Well, he is moody indeed!!!
Fuji could be a challenge for trekkers! It takes 6hrs for a seasoned trekker to climb Fuji from the fifth level onwards provided that it is not a rainy or windy day!
By bus you can go upto the 8th level, which is not very high!!! At the 8th level, you can try your hand at playing Taiko..the Japanese drums!!!
But to visit the crator, one has to go trekking....
I visited Mount Fuji during the month of August. The trip was organized by Saitama University. On the first day we hiked to the base camp where we stayed overnight. The following morning we got up at 4 am, climbed to the top and arrived before sunrise at 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.