Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters. It is the most iconic mountain in Japan, with elegant ridge lines. The view of Mount Fuji is wonderful even from Tokyo or from train windows while you are traveling. But why don’t you spend some time near Mount Fuji since you are visiting Japan? Most people use trains and buses to get to Mount Fuji. Please check the following money-saving information for visitors of Mount Fuji.
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 August 31. 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 C 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.
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 in 2009. 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.
Access to Mount Fuji
Take a JR Chuo Line train from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station. Change to a Fuji Kyuko Line train at Otsuki Station. It would be enjoyable to take one of the distinctive trains bound for Mount Fuji such as Tokkyu Azusa and Kaiji on the Chuo Line, and Fuji Tozan Densha and Fujisan Tokkyu on the Fuji Kyuko Line. From Fujisan Station or Kawaguchiko Station, you can ride a Fuji Tozan bus bound for Fuji Gogome (5th Station).
On July 1, JR East starts sales of Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket. This pass allows you to ride as much as you like within a defined area on Fujikyuko Line trains and Fuji Tozan buses for two consecutive days. You can also take express trains on the JR Chuo Line for a return trip between Tokyo metropolitan area and the defined area. If you make a round trip between Shinjuku and Fuji Go-gome, you will save about half off the regular fare.
For further details: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/fuji/
You will be thrilled by the scenery, refresh yourself by mountaineering and experience various local attractions and foods. Enjoy the whole world of Mount Fuji this summer!