20 Best Things to Do in Mt Fuji Area: Mt Fuji Bucket List
Best Things to Do around Mount Fuji
If you are wondering where to visit and what to do near Mt Fuji, check out my Mt Fuji Bucket List introducing the best things to do around Mt Fuji including Mt Fuji climbing, Lake Kawaguchi, Chureito Pagoda and many more!
The official climbing season of Mt Fuji is only during summer (from July to September), and thousands of people visit there during the season. Various trails are available and climbing takes around 4–8 hours one way. Check out the link below for more details about Mt Fuji climbing!
2. Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station
Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (富士スバルライン五合目) is the entrance to Yoshida trail and the most popular base for Mt Fuji climbing. It’s easy to access from touristy areas around, and there are some long distance bus from Tokyo available, too. At the station, there are numbers of shops, restaurants and resting points where climbers can prepare for the hike or rest afterwards.
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Fuji Five Lakes or Fuji Goko (富士五湖) is 5 lakes and resorts areas at the foot of Mt Fuji. The Fuji Five Lakes consists of Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖), Yamanakako (山中湖), Lake Saiko (西湖), Lake Motosuko (本栖湖) and Lake Shoji (精進湖), and they are popular tourist destination for all year round for sightseeing, hiking, camping, fishing, cruising, museums, and more.
Each lake displays a stunning view of the lake itself and Mt Fuji on its background. Lake Kawaguchiko is the most touristy lake among five, and the easiest to access by public transportation (to Kawaguchiko Station).
4. Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway
Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway (カチカチロープウェイ) is located next to Lake Kawaguchiko, and it runs to the summit of Mt Tenjo. From the top, an amazing view of Mt Fuji, Lake Kawaguchiko and the surrounding area can be seen.
Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Koen (山中湖 花の都公園) is located next to Lake Yamanaka (or Yamanakako 山中湖), which is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. The vast park displays various kinds of seasonal flower from spring to autumn with the astonishing view of Mt Fuji on the background such as sunflower, tulips, cosmos and more.
Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海) is a traditional Japanese village set near the Fuji Five Lake area. The village consist of 8 ponds that are formed from the spring water from the snow melt of Mt Fuji.
Fuji Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) is one of the most popular amusement parks in Japan. The park holds several world’s record breaking rides including roller coasters, swings and more. It’s located at the base of Mt Fuji and the rides can be enjoyed with the stunning view of the mountain. Along with the thrilling rides, there are numbers of kids-friendly attractions and rides which whole family and generation can have fun!
8. Lake Tanuki
Lake Tanuki (田貫湖) is another stunning lake located near Mt Fuji. Lake Tanuki is in Shizuoka Prefecture, on the west of Mt Fuji. There are several hotels, campgrounds, outdoor activities available. Lake Tanuki is less touristy than the Fuji Five Lakes, yet offers the superb view of Mt Fuji.
9. Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine
Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine or officially called Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja (北口本宮冨士浅間神社) is a Shinto shrine located the north side of Mt Fuji between Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Yamanaka. The picturesque shrine is surrounded by rich nature.
10. Narusawa Ice Cave
Narusawa Ice Cave (鳴沢氷穴) is a 153m lave cave located in the Aokigahara Forest. Visitors can walk through inside the cave, and there are ice pillars and ice wall that can be seen all year round.
One of the most beautiful scenery in Japan is the fresh green tea plantation with the Mt Fuji on its background. In Imamiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, there are several tea farms displays the stunning landscape during the season. May is the best month to visit the tea plantations before tea picking starts and Mt Fuji still displays the remaining snow on its summit.
Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔) is part of the Arakurayama Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida City, and the most popular photo spot of Mt Fuji. The famous view of Mt Fuji, the five storied red pagoda and cherry blossoms can be seen in early to mid April usually.
13. Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba Premium Outlets (御殿場プレミアムアウトレット) are one of the biggest outlet shopping malls in Japan, located Gotemba City at the base of Mt Fuji. There are over 200 stores, cafes and restaurants at the site, offering variety of products such as fashion, electronics, variety goods, foods and more with discounted price.
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14. Fuji Safari Park
Fuji Safari Park (富士サファリパーク) is a large wildlife park near Mt Fuji. Visitors can take a safari tour through the park seeing freely roaming animals such as lions, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, giraffes and more by park buses or their own cars. From spring to autumn, night safari tour is also available.
When you are around Mt Fuji, don’t miss a chance to have the most amazing Onsen experience! One of the most extraordinary ways to enjoy the hot spring Onsen bath is soaking up the body with the view of Mt Fuji! In Lake Kawaguchi area, there are several Onsen resorts that offers the stunning Mt Fuji viewing hot spring baths and guest rooms.
Mt Fuji is arguably the most popular thing to photograph in Japan, there are numbers of spectacular photo spots. If you are an eager photographer, check out the links below, introducing some of hidden places to photograph Mt Fuji.
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Around Mt Fuji is one of the most popular areas in Japan for cherry blossom viewings. Besides regular cherry blossoms, pink moss (Shibazakura) is also very popular spring flower during season. The famous flower festival, Fuji Shibazakura Festival is held at the base of Mt Fuji every year.
There are several ski resorts located around Mt Fuji, offering the great quality powder snow with the magnificent view of Mt Fuji! The ski resorts in Mt Fuji can be easily visited for a day trip from Tokyo.
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19. Eat Hoto Noodles
Along with your visit to Mt Fuji area, don’t forget to buy some special souvenirs from local. Mt Fuji themed products and food are only available within this area!
More info: What to Buy at Mt Fuji
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