MT. FUJI IN SUMMER
■Recommended Summer Destinations Surrounding Mt. Fuji
At the foot of Mt. Fuji, the Hanano Miyako Koen (Flower Garden) is located between Lake Yamanakako and Lake Kawaguchiko. Covering 300,000 square meters, this popular destination is filled with various flowers in bloom in each season with Mt. Fuji as the background. Baby’s-breath, poppies, and zinnia bloom between the months of June and July. Sunflowers are best seen in August. To get to the Hanano Miyako Koen, take a local bus to the Hanano Miyako Koen bus stop at the Fujisan Station via the Fujikyuko Line.
Located in the north of Lake Kawaguchiko, Oishi Park is another great destination to visit in the summer. The borders of Lake Kawaguchiko are blanketed with lavender fields during the middle of June through the middle of July. Bask in the spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. There is a café located in the Kawaguchiko Shizen Seikatukan building. Here you can enjoy terraced-seats, taste their famous blueberry soft ice cream, and feel the refreshing breeze of Mt. Fuji. There is fruit picking available, which is provided by the local farmers: cherry picking (available at the end of June through the middle of July) and blueberry picking (available at the beginning of July through the middle of August). To get to Oishi Park, take a local bus to the Kawaguchiko-Shizen seikatsukan bus stop at the Kawaguchiko Station via the Fujikyuko Line.
■Climbing Mt. Fuji
Climbing Mt. Fuji is a great way to experience nature and learn about the history of the mountain. Or you can soak in the awe-inspiring views from a distance. The climbing season starts in the beginning of July and ends in the middle of September. There are four different trails leading to the summit. The Yoshida Trail is the most popular. With its many mountain huts and lodgings, even beginners can climb Mt. Fuji. During sunset you can see gigantic mountain shape shadows being cast by Mt. Fuji. The sunrise from the peak is truly breathtaking. Preparation is the key to having a wonderful and safe climb up Mt. Fuji. Please research the mountain, the trail you will be taking, and the proper gear that you will need. The temperature at the peak during mid-summer averages around 5℃. Since there are very few trees on the mountain trails leading to the peak, wind and rain can affect the conditions of the climbing. For more information about climbing Mt. Fuji, please visit the official web site. (http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/index.html).
■Trip to Mt. Fuji with a Special Discount Ticket
JR East offers a special discount ticket called, “Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket” from July 1 to November 29 (age 12 and above, 5,600 yen. age 6 to 11, 2,800 yen). This ticket includes a round train ticket between any station within Tokyo 23 cities and Otsuki Station (Yamanashi Prefecture) as well as an unlimited two-day pass for Fujikyuko Line and the Fuji Tozan Bus. This discounted ticket is half the price compared to if you buy a regular round trip ticket from Sinjuku Station to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. *With this deal, the Fuji Tozan Bus ride is valid only from the Fujisan Station or Kawaguchiko Station to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji (Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station).
■Overview of the “Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket”
【Ticket availability】July 1 to November 30
【Ticket sales】July 1 to November 29
【Price】Adults (above age 12) 5,600 yen / Children ( age 6 to 11) 2,800 yen
【Valid period of ticket】Two days
【Ticket counters】JR EAST Travel Service Center (located at Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3 Station, Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, Tokyo Station, and Shinjuku Station), JR Ticket O#ce (Narita Airport Terminal 1, Narita Airport Terminal 2・3), Travel Service Center (located in Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, and Yokohama). *For more information about this ticket, please refer to the advertisement shown on the last page.