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Visit Mt. Fuji | Japan’s Iconic Symbol of Natural Beauty

Mt FujiPlan Your Visit

Discover the majesty of Mt. Fuji, an iconic symbol of Japan's natural beauty. This comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to plan your visit and make the most of your experience. From opening hours and best times to visit, to transportation options and nearby attractions, we've got you covered.

What are the Mt. Fuji Opening Hours?

Mt. Fuji Opening Hours

Timings

  • The official climbing season for Mt. Fuji is typically from early July to mid-September. During this time, the mountain huts and facilities along the climbing routes are open to accommodate climbers.
  • The last entry to Mt. Fuji summit trails depend on the season and the trail being used. Generally, the last entry for the Yoshida Trail is at 9:00 AM and for the Subashiri and Gotemba Trails, it is at 10:00 AM.
  • For the descent, visitors are required to start descending from the summit by 2:00 PM to ensure a safe descent before sunset.

Closed On:

  • Mount Fuji is generally closed for hiking from early September until early July due to dangerous weather conditions. However, the exact closure dates may vary from year to year depending on the weather conditions and other factors. 
  • Additionally, some parts of the mountain, such as the summit, may be closed to visitors even during the hiking season due to adverse weather conditions or other safety concerns.

What is the Best Time To Visit Mt. Fuji?

Best Time To Visit Mt. Fuji
  • Early morning or late evening are the best for amazing views of Mt. Fuji.
  • It's worth noting that weekends and public holidays tend to be busier than weekdays. If you prefer to avoid crowds, consider visiting on a weekday.
  • It is important to check weather and trail conditions before planning a climb.
  • Some sections of the mountain may be closed due to volcanic activity.

Mt. Fuji Location

Mt. Fuji Location

Address:

Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0112, Japan

Located in the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi in Japan, Mount Fuji is situated approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. 

Nearby landmarks include the lakes of the Fuji Five Lakes region and the hot springs of Hakone.

How to Get to Mt. Fuji?

Mt. Fuji - how to get there by train

By Train:

  • From Tokyo: Take a train from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko Station or Fujisan Station. These stations are located near the northern side of Mt. Fuji and provide access to the Fuji Five Lakes area.
  • From Shinjuku, Tokyo: Take the JR Chuo Line to Otsuki Station, and then transfer to the Fujikyu Railway to reach Kawaguchiko Station.
Mt Fuji - How to get there by bus

By Bus:

  • From Tokyo: Several bus companies operate direct bus services from Tokyo to the Fuji Five Lakes area, which includes stops near Mt. Fuji. The journey takes around 2-3 hours depending on traffic conditions.
  • From Shinjuku, Tokyo: There are direct highway buses available from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station.
Mt Fuji - How to get there by car

By Car:

  • From Tokyo: Take the Chuo Expressway or Tomei Expressway, and then exit onto the respective local roads leading to the Fuji Five Lakes area. It takes about 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic and the starting point in Tokyo.
  • From other regions: Access to Mt. Fuji by car is possible via various expressways and connecting roads, depending on the starting location.

Know Before You Go

Facilities
Accessibility
Rules & Regulations
Dining
Stay
Nearby
Mt Fuji Facilities

Mt. Fuji offers various facilities to enhance your visit. 

  • Cloakrooms are available to store your belongings, while clean restrooms are conveniently located throughout the area. 
  • You'll also find gift shops offering souvenirs to commemorate your journey.
Mt Fuji - Accessibility
  • While some parts of Mt. Fuji may have limited accessibility, efforts have been made to accommodate visitors with disabilities. 
  • The 5th station is wheelchair accessible.
  • However, the ascent is not recommended for those with mobility issues.
Mt Fuji - Rules & Regulations

Respect the Environment:

  • Do not litter and dispose of trash properly in designated areas.
  • Stay on designated trails to minimize environmental impact and preserve the natural surroundings.
  • Avoid picking or damaging plants, flowers, or wildlife.

Follow Climbing Guidelines:

  • Check weather and volcanic activity updates before attempting to climb.
  • Prepare adequately with proper clothing, footwear, and necessary equipment.
  • Ascend and descend on designated trails and follow the instructions of mountain officials.

Safety Precautions:

  • Inform someone about your climbing plans and estimated return time.
  • Carry enough food, water, and warm clothing, as weather conditions can change rapidly on the mountain.
  • Take breaks and rest when needed to prevent exhaustion or altitude-related health issues.

Respect Local Customs:

  • Follow any specific rules or instructions provided by the local authorities or climbing guides.
  • Respect the customs and traditions of the local communities living around Mt. Fuji.
  • Leave No Trace:
  • Minimize your impact on the environment by leaving natural features, plants, and historical artifacts undisturbed.
  • Carry back any non-biodegradable waste to dispose of properly at the designated locations.
Mt Fuji Dining
Mt Fuji - Nearby
  • Fuji Five Lakes: A group of five scenic lakes—Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Saiko, Lake Motosu, and Lake Shoji—offering breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and various recreational activities.
  • Hakone: A picturesque town known for its hot springs, stunning views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, and the Hakone Open-Air Museum.
  • Chureito Pagoda: A striking red pagoda located in Arakurayama Sengen Park, offering a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms during spring.
  • Oshino Hakkai: A traditional village with eight clear spring ponds fed by the melted snow from Mt. Fuji, showcasing the serene beauty of the area.
  • Gotemba Premium Outlets: A popular shopping destination with over 200 stores, offering a wide range of international and domestic brands, located at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Places to stay near Mt. Fuji

Explore a range of accommodations near Mt. Fuji, from budget-friendly inns to luxurious resorts:

Budget-friendly stay options

Budget-friendly options

  • Fujinomiya Green Hotel: Perfect for travelers looking to save without sacrificing comfort. Located conveniently close to the Fujinomiya trail, this hotel offers cozy accommodations and easy access to Mt. Fuji's natural beauty.
  • K's House Mt. Fuji: Ideal for backpackers and solo travelers, K's House offers a friendly atmosphere. With shared and private rooms, it's a great place to meet fellow adventurers.
  • Maruyaso: A traditional Japanese inn offering a taste of local culture. Enjoy tatami mats, futon beds, and an authentic Japanese breakfast. It's a budget-friendly way to immerse yourself in the local way of life.
Mid-range comfort options

Mid-range comfort

  • Highland Resort Hotel & Spa: Situated near the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, this hotel is perfect for families and thrill-seekers. It also offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji from its rooms.
  • Mizno Hotel: Located on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, Mizno Hotel provides great views of Mt. Fuji. The rooftop terrace is a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.
  • Hotel Kaneyamaen: Experience traditional Japanese hospitality with modern comforts. Enjoy the on-site hot springs (onsen) and beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens.
Luxury stays, Mt. Fuji

Luxury stays

  • Hoshinoya Fuji: Dubbed as Japan's first "glamping" resort, Hoshinoya Fuji blends luxury camping with stunning natural beauty. Each cabin offers a sleek, modern design and panoramic views of the surrounding forest and Mt. Fuji.
  • Fuji Lake Hotel: This luxurious hotel by Lake Kawaguchi mixes Western comforts with Japanese aesthetics. Indulge in the hot spring baths while enjoying the serene lake and mountain views.
  • Asaba: A ryokan that exudes sophistication and tradition. Located in Shuzenji, it's a bit further from Mt. Fuji but offers a secluded, luxurious experience with cultural performances and exquisite kaiseki meals.

Things to Do in Mt. Fuji

Things to Do in Mt Fuji - Climbing Mt. Fuji

Climbing Mt. Fuji

Embark on a thrilling adventure by climbing to the summit of Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest peak, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Things to Do in Mt Fuji - Explore the Fuji Five Lakes

Explore the Fuji Five Lakes

Visit the scenic Fuji Five Lakes (Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Saiko, Lake Motosu, and Lake Shoji) for boating, fishing, hiking, or simply relaxing amidst stunning natural beauty.

Things to Do in Mt Fuji - Visit Fuji-Q Highland

Visit Fuji-Q Highland

Experience the excitement of Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park located near Mt. Fuji, featuring thrilling roller coasters, entertainment, and breathtaking views of the mountain.

Things to Do in Mt Fuji - Lake Ashi Cruise in Hakone

Take a Lake Ashi Cruise in Hakone

Head to Hakone and enjoy a leisurely cruise on Lake Ashi, offering stunning vistas of Mt. Fuji, scenic landscapes, and the iconic Torii Gate of Hakone Shrine.

Visitor Tips

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds and witness the magic of Mt. Fuji at its quietest.
  • Dress in layers, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Be prepared for cooler weather at higher altitudes.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle and pack some snacks for energy during your visit.
  • Check weather conditions and plan your visit accordingly. Mt. Fuji is often shrouded in clouds, so choose a clear day for optimal visibility.
  • Follow any safety instructions and guidelines provided by the staff.
  • Allocate ample time to explore and fully appreciate the beauty of Mt. Fuji.
  • Don't forget your camera to capture the breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable moments.



Book Your Mt Fuji Tours

From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi & Lake Yamanaka Guided Tour
10 hr.
Guided Tour
Transfers Included
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¥7,800
From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Oshino Hakkai, Onsen Hot Springs or Outlets Guided Day Tour
11 hr.
Guided Tour
Transfers Included
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¥7,900
From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Komagatake & Lake Ashi Guided Tour with Optional Lunch
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
10 hr.
Audio Guide
Guided Tour
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¥20,000
From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Area, Oshino Hakkai, & Lake Kawaguchi Guided Day Tour
10 hr. - 11 hr. 30 min.
Guided Tour
Transfers Included
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¥9,500
From Tokyo: Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi, Owakudani Valley & Onsen Guided Day Tour
10 hr. 30 min.
Guided Tour
Transfers Included
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¥10,000
From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Oshino Hakkai, Ice & Wind Caves Guided Tour with Lunch
10 hr.
Guided Tour
Transfers Included
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¥10,800
From Tokyo: Private Tour of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi & Oshino Hakkai with Hotel Transfers
Free Cancellation
Mobile Ticket
10 hr.
Transfers Included
Hotel Pickup
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¥67,014
Mt.Fuji Pass
Free Cancellation
Extended Validity
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
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¥5,500

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Mt. Fuji

Q. Where is Mt. Fuji located?

Mt. Fuji is located in Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, Japan.

Q. Can I visit Mt. Fuji?

Yes, Mt. Fuji is open to visitors who wish to explore its natural beauty.

Q. Why should I visit Mt. Fuji?

Mt. Fuji offers a captivating experience with its majestic presence, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural significance.

Q. Can I visit Mt. Fuji for free?

While access to certain areas of Mt. Fuji may be free, there may be fees for specific activities or attractions.

Q. How do I book tickets to visit Mt. Fuji?

There are two ticket options for Mt. Fuji. They can be classified into Day Tours and Private Tours. You can read more about these tickets and book online here.

Q. What is the best time to visit Mt. Fuji?

The best time to visit Mt. Fuji is during weekdays, early mornings or late afternoons, and in seasons with favorable weather conditions.

Q. What are the Mt. Fuji timings?

The last entry to Mt. Fuji summit trails depend on the season and the trail being used. Generally, the last entry for the Yoshida Trail is at 9:00 AM and for the Subashiri and Gotemba Trails, it is at 10:00 AM. For the descent, visitors are required to start descending from the summit by 2:00 PM to ensure a safe descent before sunset.

Q. Can I visit Mt. Fuji in a group?

Yes, Mt. Fuji is suitable for both solo travelers and group visits.

Q. Can I visit Mt. Fuji with kids?

Yes, Mt. Fuji offers family-friendly facilities and experiences, making it a great destination for children.

Q. Is Mt. Fuji wheelchair-friendly?

While some parts of Mt. Fuji may have limited accessibility, efforts have been made to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Wheelchair rentals are available.

Q. Can I buy food and drinks at Mt. Fuji?

Yes, there are dining options available within Mt. Fuji, offering a variety of cuisines to satisfy your appetite.

Q. How long does it take to visit Mt. Fuji?

The duration of your visit to Mt. Fuji depends on your preferences and the activities you choose to engage in. Plan to spend at least one full day at Mt. Fuji to explore all it has to offer.