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Let’s discover the most famous iconic of Japan through our Mount Fuji day trip blog — Mount Fuji one day itinerary (Mt Fuji one day itinerary, Mount Fuji day trip itinerary) start from Tokyo and from when to visit Mount Fuji to best places to visit in Mt Fuji with Living Nomads: One-day excursion to Fuji mountain review: When and where to go below.

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Sunrise at Mount Fuji

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).

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Mt Fuji seen from Chureito Pagoda.

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.

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Clouds cover Mount Fuji
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Fuji bullet train

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Hakone national park
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Fuji mount at dusk
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Mt Fuji cover by clouds and snow

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.

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A field of brilliant flowers at the foot of Fuji Mount in spring

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.

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The Fuji Mount landscape in Summer

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.

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The Maple leaves in Autumn. Image credit: best place to visit mt fuji blog.

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.

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MT Fuji in winter
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The white snow covers roof of Fuji Mount in Winter. Image credit: best place to visit mt fuji blog.

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)

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The Shinjuku express bus station. Credit: mt fuji day tour from tokyo blog.
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A long-distance bus to Fuji Mount. Credit: how to get to mt fuji from tokyo blog.

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.

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A music road: the Japanese ridiculous ideas. Picture: mount fuji day trip itinerary review.

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)

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JR pass card. Credit: how to get to mt fuji from tokyo blog.

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).

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The station No.5 – Fuji Subaru Line

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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.

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Check-in at Fuji Subaru Line station. The interesting moment at Fuji Subaru Line station

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.

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Photo by: mount fuji day trip bog.

Kawaguchi Lake

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Mt Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi-ko. Picture: mount fuji day trip itinerary review.

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!

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A woman in blue dress with brown hat seeing Mountain Fuji in afternoon in summer, Kawaguchiko, Japan. Photo by: mount fuji day trip bog.
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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.

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Enjoy Japanese food at a restaurant near the Kawaguchi Lake

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, may I know how do you go from one place to another? Taking the bus? Did you take a last bus of the day from Gotemba F.O.S to Tokyo or from Kawaguchiko to Tokyo? I am still looking the best 1 day itinerary for Mt. Fuji. Going with mom & sis.

    Appreciate your help on this.

    Thank you.
    Firdaus Merican

    • Dear,
      Thanks for your interest!
      Firstly, you can take a bus in front of Tokyo station from Gotenba station.Last time bus is 18.15 at Gotenba station but many bus companies go the same route, so you can choose one.
      That is our suggestion. Hope you have a wonderful day itinerary to Mt. Fuji with your family!
      Please support and follow us on Living Nomads.com.
      Thanks so much!

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  3. Thank you for this blog! May i ask , Is Kawaguchiko lake located in kawaguchiko Station? And how about the ancient vilage and Gotemba Premium Outlet, is it located in kawaguchiko Station or in Station no. 5.? Thanks in advance for your reply and more power!

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