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Fully enjoy every aspect of Mt. Fuji! Go around Mt. Fuji by Bike

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ReleaseAugust 3, 2021

cycling around Mt. Fuji
A cycling course around the base of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, is commonly called “Fuji-ichi.” A complete circuit is about 107 km, with some parts with significant altitude changes; therefore, it is suitable for intermediate to advanced cyclists. A section of this course is part of the course for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cycling Road Race. Starting from Gotemba Station, you can take time to travel in a counterclockwise direction over two days.

cycling around Mt. Fuji

cycling around Mt. Fuji

See at Mt. Fuji from different directions

The best part of the course is that you can enjoy exhilarating cycling while looking at Mt. Fuji! On the east side (the side of Yamanashi Prefecture), you can drop by Oshino Hakkai, a collection of eight ponds filled with melted snow from Mt. Fuji, and Arakurayama Sengen Park, to take photos of Mt. Fuji together with traditional Japanese building structures. On the west side (the side of Shizuoka Prefecture), you can get a great close-up view of Mt. Fuji from Asagiri Plateau.

Mt. Fuji viewed from Oshino Hakkai Mt. Fuji viewed from Oshino Hakkai

Mt. Fuji viewed from Asakurayama Sengen Park Mt. Fuji viewed from Asakurayama Sengen Park

Mt. Fuji viewed from Asagiri Plateau Mt. Fuji viewed from Asagiri Plateau


Visiting all Fuji Five Lakes

Located on the north side of Mt. Fuji, five lakes, namely Yamanakako, Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko, and Motosuko are collectively called “Fuji Five Lakes,” each of which presents different scenery. For example, Lake Yamanakako has “Hananomiyako Park” nearby, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji with seasonal flowers. Lake Motosuko is famous for “sakasa Fuji” (upside-down Mt. Fuji on the lake surface), which appears on the reverse side of the 1,000 yen note. Lake Kawaguchiko is a perfect place to take a rest and/or stay overnight, as the area around the lake has many hotels and restaurants.

Mt. Fuji viewed from Hananomiyako Park Mt. Fuji viewed from Hananomiyako Park

“Sakasa Fuji” on Lake Motosuko “Sakasa Fuji” on Lake Motosuko

Mt. Fuji viewed from Lake Kawaguchiko Mt. Fuji viewed from Lake Kawaguchiko


Tips for your successful cycling trip

1.
Kagosaka-toge Pass between Gotemba Station and Lake Yamanakako is the most difficult part of the course, with many curves and hills as well as heavy traffic. You have an option to get on a bus with your bike (sometimes folding or dismantling) to go through the pass.

2.
The road on the south side of Mt. Fuji between Shiraito no Taki waterfall and Gotemba Station (Route 469) is a straight road with good visibility. There is no place to take a break along this road, so make sure to eat, drink, and rest well before getting on the road.


Many local dishes great for replenishing your energy during your cycling trip!


Fujinomiya Yakisoba 写真提供:静岡県観光協会

Fujinomiya Yakisoba (available around Fujinomiya City)
The special steamed noodles are fried with lard, seasoned with a sauce with a strong taste, and served with shredded dried sardines.

Yoshida Udon 写真提供:やまなし観光推進機構

Yoshida Udon (available around Fujiyoshida City)
Featuring a very firm texture, this noodle dish is served with a generous amount of various toppings, such as horse meat and cabbage.


Rental cycle services

Mt. Fuji Gotemba / Hakone Tourist Information
Mt. Fuji Gotemba / Hakone Tourist Information
Mt. Fuji Gotemba / Hakone Tourist Information
Conveniently located next to Gotemba Station!
1,200 yen per rental for battery-assisted bike, 1,000 yen per rental for regular bike
address: 1940-10 Niihashi, Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Business hours: 9am to 5pm (The reception is open until 4pm)
https://gotemba.jp/service/


mont-bell Fujiyoshida Branch

mont-bell Fujiyoshida Branch
mont-bell Fujiyoshida Branch
This shop specializing in outdoor items offers a wide variety of clothing and equipment for various outdoor activities, including cycling.
3,500 yen per one day for a hybrid bicycle, etc.
address: 1936-6 Araya, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture (Roadside Station Fujiyoshida)
Business hours: 9am to 7pm
Open 365 days
https://store.montbell.jp/search/shopinfo/?shop_no=678519


*The information herein is as of July 2021.



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