If you have a free day in Tokyo, I recommend going to see the symbol of the country – Mountain Fuji. Now I’ll tell you where the best views come from and how to get there.

The best, “postcard” views of Fuji open from these places:

  1. From the temple of Arakura (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja).
  2. Fuji Shiba Sakura Festival – especially beautiful in May during the phlox bloom
  3. From Kawaguchiko Lake.

All these attractions are located relatively close to each other, but in one day, perhaps, more than 1-2 places to visit will not work. It’s better to leave Tokyo early – at least at 8 in the morning, because the road “eats up” a lot of time and effort. One way to get about 3 hours.

We did not go to the Temple of Arakura, because we planned to visit the Shiba Sakura phlox festival, but you could see photos from there. This is one of the most popular locations, especially during sakura blossoms:

Momiji (red maple season) is also very beautiful

The temple is located near the Shimoyashida station of the Fujikyuko line (not reaching the Kawaguchiko station).

Fuji Shiba Sakura Festival is a phlox flowering festival in a park overlooking Fuji. Shuttles go to this park from Kawaguchiko Station about once every half an hour. But, unfortunately, our visit fell on a weekend and only the queue for the bus was about 5 hours. Perhaps you are more lucky. Here is a link to festival website , there is a schedule of transfers. How to get to Kavaguchiko station. I will tell later.

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Here is the festival venue:

Alternatively, you can book an excursion from Tokyo , but you need to look for an agency. If you are relaxing at the hotel, check out the reception. But with a probability of 99%, the tour will be in English.

Kawaguchiko Lake is another beautiful place to enjoy the mountain. You can also come here with a guided tour (included transport, escort, lunch, audio guide). You can book a tour here .

You can get to the lake by yourself.

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How to get to Kawaguchiko Lake

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To get to the lake from Tokyo , you must first take the train to Otsuki Station. From Tokyo station, there is Chuo Line – Limited Express, the journey time is 1.5 hours, 2700 ¥, or free by JR Pass.

Next, get from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station. You need a Fujikyoko Line This is a private line and it is not covered by travel cards. The price is about 1000 ¥ one way or 2200 ¥ for an unlimited travel card for 1 day. Travel on this route takes about an hour. If there are a lot of people, then you can not catch the next train, therefore, lay another 30 minutes for a transplant. And be prepared for the fact that you have to ride while standing.

After reaching Kavaguchiko station, you need to get to the lake itself. It is about 4 km. Buses run every half an hour. Perhaps you can get into it. I won’t tell you the ticket price, because we didn’t even see a bus in this huge crowd and decided to walk.

On the way you will see such landscapes:

kawaguchiko how to get from tokyokavaguchiko hotel fuji japan

By the way, the station has several bike rentals, but it’s better not to bother with this, bicycles are sorted out very quickly. It seemed to me that it would be difficult for an unprepared person to ride a bicycle, since the terrain is quite hilly. If you only take electric bikes, but it’s more expensive.

The path to the lake took about 50 minutes. Here is a photo from the lake:

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And by this look you can’t say – Japan or Italy
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Restaurant on the beach
boats on kawaguchiko
Prices for boat rental. Suddenly, someone will be relevant.

So, to see Fuji, you can buy an excursion and not have to worry about anything, or get on your own.

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Blooming sakura was found in the lake area in early May

Whichever option you choose, I wish you great weather to see Mountain Fuji and enjoy the views. The main thing – do not forget warm clothes even on a warm day, because the wind from the mountain is very cold.

Adds and questions leave in the comments! Thank you for reading!

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