GO AND SEE THE GRAND VIEW OF MT. FUJI THIS SUMMER
As many of you know, Mt. Fuji was registered on the World Heritage List in 2013. The mountain is the highest peak in Japan at 3,776-meters above sea level, and widely known as a symbol of Japan. While you can enjoy the graceful appearance of the mountain from a distance, you will be overwhelmed and impressed by the grand view at close range. Visit the area at the foot of the mountain to enjoy a different view this summer.
Get a Good Deal with a Special Ticket
If you are planning to visit the Mt. Fuji area from around Tokyo using public transportation, you can choose one of two main routes. One route offers access from the interior via the JR Chuo Line, and the other one offers access from the ocean via the JR Tokaido Line. The JR Chuo Line route is better in terms of time and money, if you are based in Tokyo. In addition, here is good news for travelers: a special ticket called “Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket” (5,600 yen for adults, 2,800 yen for children) will be available from July 1 to November 29. With this convenient ticket, if you want to make a round trip from JR Shinjuku Station to Mt. Fuji Go-gome (5th Trail Station), for example, you can save almost half of the regular fares. This ticket can be used only on the route via the JR Chuo Line.
About Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket
[Period of Sales] July 1 – November 29
[Price] 5,600 yen for adults, 2,800 yen for children
[Available at] JR East Travel Service Centers (at Narita Airport Station, Airport Terminal 2 Station, Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, Tokyo Station), and others.
Visited Mt. Fuji via the JR Chuo Line Route
I got on the “Kaiji” Limited Express on the Chuo Line from Platform #10 in JR Shinjuku Station. The train ride was pretty comfortable with a reclining and sliding seat. The large windows were perfect for enjoying the scenery. After leaving Shinjuku Station, passing by the entertainment district and residential areas, and crossing a few rivers, the train arrived at Hachiōji Station. Soon after the departure from Hachiōji Station, the train entered into a mountainous area. An idyllic country view with a background of mountains sometimes appeared in the scenery from the train windows, making me realize I am going away from the city area. About one hour after leaving Shinjuku Station, the train arrived at Ōtsuki Station, where I transferred to the Fujikyuko Line. When I arrived at the Fujikyuko Line platform, the “Fuji-san Tokkyu” (limited express train), whose exterior is decorated with unique paintings of Mt. Fuji, was waiting for me. I sat down on one of the non-reserved seats, and left for the final destination, Kawaguchiko Station. The train was heading southwest along the river. As the train proceeded, Mt. Fuji became closer and closer, and a cheer arose from some passengers. About 50 minutes after leaving Ōtsuki Station, I arrived at Kawaguchiko Station.
Admire Majestic Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji has been revered by many people since ancient times and depicted in a number of ukiyo-e (Japanese wood block prints) works by world-famous artists including Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. The best place to catch great views of majestic Mount Fuji is the Lake Kawaguchiko area. From Oishi Park located on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji beyond lavender blooms from the end of June to the mid-July. At the end of October, the splendid view of the autumn leaves and Mount Fuji capped with snow can be seen from Nashikawa Momiji Kairo (“Corridor of autumn leaves”) on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchiko. You will always remember this beautiful scenery of Mount Fuji.
Let’s Climb Mount Fuji
Climbing season of Mount Fuji is from July 1 to early September. About 320,000 people climbed Mount Fuji in 2012. There are four major routes and usually climbers start from the 5th Station (Go-gome) on the side of Yamanashi Prefecture. The paths are well maintained and accessible even to beginners. However, the average temperature near the summit is about 5 degrees Celsius in midsummer and there are no trees around the trails providing protection from wind and rain. You will need to do some research, and get equipped and prepared for mountaineering.
*If you are a Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket holder, you can take the Fuji Tozan Bus to Mt. Fuji Go-gome (5th Trail Station).
Plenty of Attractions near Mount Fuji
Lake Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nemba, a restoration of an old village with thatched houses, is an archetypal scenery of Japan. You can admire the beautiful pattern dying at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, an art gallery awarded three stars rating by Michelin Green Guide Japon. Oshino-Hakkai is a group of eight clear water spring pools of snow melt from Mount Fuji. Fuji-Q Highland amusement park features thrill rides including the roller coasters Takabisha and Fujiyama. At the foot of Mount Fuji, there are pick-your-own farms for strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Hoto, a stew dish with noodles, kabocha squash, and miso, is a signature dish of the region.
For impressive views and various experiences and gourmet dishes, visit Mt. Fuji using this convenient ticket this summer.