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Mount Fuji is the absolutely divine mountain of Japanese. Mount Fuji is not only a legendary place the Japanese must come to, but also anyone who comes to Japan desires to admire this mountain. With the same curiosity and eagerness as many tourists when coming to Japan, our team — Living Nomads have fallen in love with Mount Fuji as soon as they have not yet arrived in Japan (literally).
Just seeing from the plane, we amazingly admired the perfect beauty of Fuji. Therefore, we decided to make a trip to Mount Fuji. We really wanted to make a trip to the top of the mountain to see the sunrise, enjoy the attraction of drifting and bobbing clouds from the foot of the mountain. Unfortunately, we went there during the thaw season, the road was quite slippery. However, our team also had time to visit Mount Fuji and somewhere around the mountain.
When to visit Mount Fuji?
Depending on the individual needs or hobbies, you can choose your favorite season to go to Fuji mountain.
Spring lasts from March to April. This is time for those who love cherry blossom.
Summer falls in July to September, which is the ideal and cool season for those who want to climb mountains and conquer the Fuji. It’s the best time to visit Mt Fuji.
Autumn begins from October to November. You can view red leaves around Fuji mountain area, especially at Kawaguchi Lake – one of the most beautiful places in Japan.
In winter, the weather is quite cold so few people visit Fuji Mountain. However, those who love to see and play with the snow as well as admire the majestic beauty of Mount Fuji in winter also should try.
How to get to MT Fuji from Tokyo?
If you decide to travel by public transport, first you should carry an unlimited capacity Wifi transmitter to look up information and find the way. Below are some ways on how to go to MT Fuji from Tokyo.
By bus: By a long-distance bus during the climbing season (from July to September)
The direct bus takes about 2.5 hours, costs ¥2500 (approximately 25 USD), and departs from the Shinjuku express bus station to the Station No.5- Muji Subaru Line. Most visitors choose this vehicle to go to Mount Fuji because of the smooth roads in Japan. On the way to Mount Fuji, you will go through a music road. This is one of the Japanese ridiculous ideas. A small segment of the road will be made into small grooves. When the vehicles run at the speed of 45km/h, the wheel rolling through the grooves combines with the air flow to create the fun melody.
However, if you want to go to Mount Fuji during the non-climbing season, you have to change the journey, namely from Shinjuku station to Kawaguchiko station will take 1 hour 45 minutes (1,750 yen/ one-way ~ 15.5 USD). Then take a 50-minute bus trip to the Station No.5-Muji Subaru Line costing ¥1,540(~ 14 USD). You should note that at Kawaguchiko station there is only 1 bus after every hour.
By JR train: By Japan Railway train (JR)
JR Pass is known as the magic card in Japan. If you have JR Pass card, you take the Azusa or Kaiji JR Express train from Shinjuku Station to Ōtsuki Station, then transfer to Fujiko Station to Kawaguchiko. However, the second train is the private one not included in the JR Pass. Therefore you have to buy a retail ticket costing about ¥1,440 yen/one-way (~ 13 USD).
Getting around Fuji mountain: Best places to visit in Mt Fuji.
The station No.5 – Fuji Subaru Line
In summer, from early July to late August, it is the climbing season. However, because of being not in the climbing season, we only stopped at the station No. 5, which is the highest station that the bus can reach. However that place is not boring at all, the feeling of breathing fresh air from the height of 2,300m above sea level is quite interesting like the feeling of the body being purified. More interesting thing is that we can enjoy the beauty of thaw snow scenery, play with the left white snow, take photos and check-in with our phones.
From the station No.5, you can see the huge Mount Fuji, however, from a too close distance, you will not be able to capture the whole beautiful mountain. Thus, you just should come to admire the landscape, other activities such as taking photos of Mount Fuji should be made at the beautiful Kawaguchi Lake.
If you have a view from the Station No.5, you will see a huge Mount Fuji. But looking from Kawaguchi Lake, the mountain seems to be somewhat poetic and less divine. The mountain shines its shadow down the serene surface of the lake. The most beautiful time of the day to see or take photos of that scene is at noon. At that time, the sun will shine to create a 3D-liked picture. How wonderful it is! Kawaguchi Lake is also one of the most beautiful attractions to observe the maple leaves in Japan. If your trip falls in the official season, you will capture a beautiful picture with yellow and red leaves and the eye-catching beauty of Mount Fuji. In short, the landscape is fascinating and let’s hit the road!
After sightseeing, we chose a restaurant near the lake and had lunch with a ¥1,000 set of rice (~ 9 USD) and then continue our journey.