20 Best Things to Do in Mt Fuji Area: Mt Fuji Bucket List

Best Things to Do around Mount Fuji

Things to Do in Mt.Fuji: Mt.Fuji Bucket List

Mt Fuji (富士山) is the tallest mountain in Japan with the peak at 3,776 meters. It’s one of the most iconic and famous landmarks in the country, which has been designated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Mt Fuji is about 100 km away from Tokyo, located on the border between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. The mountain can be gazed from neighbour cities including Tokyo, Yokohama and Hakone when it’s good weather. Mt Fuji and the surrounding area is a popular destination for a day-trip from Tokyo through the year as there are numbers of tourist attractions around Mt Fuji, offering visitors unforgettable experiences with the stunning scenery.

If you are wondering where to visit and what to do near Mt Fuji, check out the Mt Fuji Bucket List introducing the best things to do around Mt Fuji including Mt Fuji climbing, Lake Kawaguchi, Chureito Pagoda and many more!

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1. Climbing

brown and black mountain painting

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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2SaMsRK

Recommended tour: Mt. Fuji & Hakone 1-Day Trip

3. Fuji Five Lakes

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. Chureito Pagoda

Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔) is a part of the Arakurayama Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It’s one of the most popular photo spots around Mt Fuji as you can capture the picturesque view of Mt Fuji and the beautiful five storied red pagoda. The place gets even more popular during the cherry blossom season for the dramatic view of Mt Fuji, the pagoda and pink cherry blossoms.

Do you want to visit Chureito Pagoda and other attractions around Mt Fuji in one day? Then it’s highly recommended to join a day trip so you can save time and explore around Mt Fuji with a limited time! “Mt. Fuji Day Trip from Tokyo Bus Tour” by Japan Wonder Travel is a full-day tour that you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Fuji from several different spots including Chureito Pagoda. With a smooth and comfortable bus ride, you will be able to see and visit the best highlights of Mt Fuji in one day. Please check the full details of the tour from the link below!

▶ Mt. Fuji Day Trip from Tokyo Bus Tour 

5. 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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2PQr8US

6. Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Koen

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.

7. Oshino Hakkai

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.

Recommended tour ▶ Mt Fuji Classic Route Day Tour from Tokyo

8. Fuji Q Highland

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!

▶ Buy Fuji-Q Highland Instant E-Tickets

9. 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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2BvfXbl

10. 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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2QdKVgD

11. 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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2DKotop

12. Tea Plantation

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.

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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2DKjYug

Recommended tour: Mt. Fuji, Premium Outlets or Onsen One Day Tour from Tokyo

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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2SbBZW7

15. Onsen

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.

Book Online:  Hot Springs at Lake Kawaguchi with a View of Mt.Fuji!

16. Photography

Woman Taking Picture Near Lake With View of Mount Fuji

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.

Related article: Best View of Mt.Fuji: 20 Best Places to See Mt. Fuji

17. Cherry Blossom Viewing

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.

18. Skiing/Snowboarding

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.

Related article: 3 Best Ski Resorts near Mount Fuji

19. Eat Hoto Noodles

Hoto is a famous regional dish from Yamanashi Prefecture. There are numbers of Hoto Noodle restaurants around Mt Fuji area, especially around Fuji Five Lakes. The thick flat noodles are served with a variety of seasonal local vegetables and rich miso based soup.

20. Shopping

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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