A morning out to Mount Fuji (富士山)

A vacation to Tokyo would not complete without a trip to Mount Fuji. Because there were 10 of us, we decided to hire a private transfer from the local travel agent in Japan, JTB (Japan Travel Bureau), hence we were picked up from our hotel in the morning. The entire journey from Tokyo to our 1st stop took about 2 hours on the road. The beautiful scenery along the way are simply magnificent.

Mount Fuji (富士山, also fondly known as Fujisan) is a 3,776 meters Japan’s highest mountain that stands on the border of between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.

One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” (三霊山 – Sanreizan), Mount Fuji (富士山) is a one of Japan’s Historic Sites and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a Cultural Site in June 2013.

Our 1st stop up is the 4th Station where we took a break to see the beautiful mountain scenery.

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After another almost 1 hour (slow drive), we finally reached The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (also known as Yoshidaguchi 5th Station or Kawaguchiko 5th Station) that 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.

We took a break at the station giving the group opportunity to check out the shops at the 5th Station. While some of us are busy shopping, the rest of us had a fun time playing in the snow and taking photos of the breathtaking view surrounding the area.

The 5th Station also offers a good view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below.

While it is a beautiful and scenic spot, The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station may be close from time to time in Winter due to weather permits. While during the other seasons, outdoor lovers are able to climb up to the summit through The Yoshida Trails while for those interested in a day trip with no intention of climbing to the summit can opt for Ochudo Trail.

How to get there :

By bus from Kawaguchiko Station

The one way trip takes 50 minutes and costs 1540 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 2100 yen. There are 11-16 round trips during the official season in July and August (some of which depart from Fujisan Station instead of Kawaguchiko Station) and five round trips per day in the off season from mid March to early December and over the New Year holidays. Seat reservations are not possible.

By bus from Shinjuku Station

Direct highway buses travel between Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station (Keio Highway Bus Terminal) and Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station daily during Golden Week, July, August and most of September and on weekends only during the off season from late April to early November. The one way ride takes about 140 minutes and costs 2700 yen. Seat reservations are required.

While you are in the area, check out other recommended popular areas to visit :

 


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