Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san)
Visit Mt. Fuji on a day trip from Tokyo (via bullet train) and combine with stops at hot springs, shopping villages, or Lake Ashi cruises. Even if you don’t want to climb to the peak, you can head to the Fuji Visitor Center, home to a small museum; grab a bite to eat; or enjoy views of the mountain from the observation deck. Mt- Fuji 5th Station also offers additional unobstructed views along with shrines and souvenir shops.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Mt. Fuji tours from Tokyo can last upwards of 12 hours, so prepare for a long day.
Many tours include pickup and drop-off at Tokyo hotels.
Wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground.
Temperatures can be much cooler on the mountain than at the base, so remember to dress in layers.
Combine your visit to Mt. Fuji with other popular activities, such as onsen soaking, outlet shopping, wine tasting, or a boat cruise.
Mt. Fuji is notorious for its quickly changing weather conditions, so plan your trip for when visibility will be good.
How to Get There
Located 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Tokyo, Mt. Fuji borders the Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures in Japan. The mountain can be reached by bullet train from Tokyo and then explored via tour bus. Another easy option is to take the Keio Express bus from Shinjuku in Tokyo directly to the start of the Kawaguchiko 5th Station climb. The bus takes two hours each way.
When to Get There
Climbing season at Mt. Fuji falls in July and August when the weather is mildest and snow is limited. The mountain is at its most crowded during this time. If you're not climbing, clearer spring skies give the best views of Mt. Fuji's snow-capped peak.
Where to Find Great Views of Mt. Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Mt. Fuji five lakes, provides some of the best unobstructed views of the mountain. Another popular viewing spot is Hakone, a resort town famous for its onsen, ryokan, and ropeway, where you'll find the best views. A walk on the beaches of Kamakura yields spectacular views of the mountain in the distance, and on a clear day, it's even possible to spot the peak from the top of Tokyo Sky Tree.
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