Why Mt. Fuji?
Mt. Fuji is one of the most iconic sights of Japan
Known to the locals as “Fui-san”, Fuji is Japan’s largest and most famous mountain. Rising above the clouds, a stunning 3,776 metres high, this inactive volcano has provided the spiritual basis for the country since ancient times. Snow covered tranquillity in the winter, vitality and energy in the simmer, seasonal changes glorify this national treasure. An easy way to view Mt. Fuji, and to obtain some of the best images, is to enjoy it from the comfort of the train on a trip between Tokyo and Osaka. From near or afar, one cannot look at Mt. Fuji without marvelling at its beauty.
Mount Fuji Highlights
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Mount Fuji.
Climbing Mount Fuji
Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan's highest and most prominent mountain, can make for lifelong memories. The mountain itself may look more attractive from afar than from close up, but the views on clear days and the experience of climbing through the early morning hours among hundreds of equally minded hikers from across the world are very rewarding.
Fuji 5th Station
The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, also known as Yoshidaguchi 5th Station or Kawaguchiko 5th Station, lies at the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail, which leads from Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine at the mountain's base to the summit of Mount Fuji. It is the most popular of the four 5th stations on the mountain and the easiest to access by public transport from Tokyo. It is accessible almost year round, snow conditions permitting, and is a popular sightseeing spot even outside of the climbing season, as it offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular with those who are not mountain climbers.
Fuji Five Lakes Area
The region lies at the northern base of Mount Fuji, encompassing Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko lakes. It is one of the best places to view Mount Fuji from a close distance and a good base for climbing the mountain. Fujigoko is known as a lake resort area, where hiking, camping, fishing and snow sports are among the more popular outdoor activities. There are also plenty of hot springs and museums found in the area, along with Fuji Q Highland, one of Japan's most popular amusement parks with record-breaking roller coasters. Among the lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko is the easiest to access and offers the most things to see and do for the average traveller.
Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and less than one hundred kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for it's hot springs, natural beauty and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
A selection of tours to Mt. Fuji
Japan Tailor Made Trekking
Mount Fuji Climb
2 day tour from £489
This two day programme offers a guided climb of Mount Fuji.
Japan Group Tour City
9 day tour from £3,699
The Essential Japan tour is perfect for the first time traveller to Japan.
Japan Group Tour Food
Essential Japan and South Korea
12 day tour from £4,599
A perfect trip for the first time traveller to these two intriguing countries.