Things to do around Mt. Fuji.
If you would like to go to Mt. Fuji, I recommend you to stay for two days and one night there. Below are some recommended places I suggest for you guys to visit when in Mt. Fuji.
- Climbing up to the Fuji 5th Station
Kawaguchiko 5th Station lies at approximately the halfway point of the Yoshida Trail, which leads you to the base of of Mt. Fuji. It is the most popular station out of the other four stations on Mount Fuji. The 5th Station is accessible almost year around except during winter. In order to reach the 5th station you can purchase the ticket at the Kawaguchiko Station which costs 2100 yen round trip price per person. There are buses every one hour.
When you reach at the 5th station you will be served with a few of restaurants and souvenir shops. But, I do not recommend you to buy at the shops there since the price is highly expensive. Hiking is possible during climbing season around July to August. From the 2300 meters above the sea level, the 5th station offers you panoramic view of the Lake Kawaguchi Lake below and closer look to the Mount Fuji.
- Fuji-Q Highland
Fuji-Q Highland is one of the most popular amusement park in Japan, located in the base of the Mt. Fuji. It is infamous for its thrilling and record-breaking roller coasters. Recently, the amusement park has four major thriller roller coasters. Fujiyama, the most thrilled roller coaster and the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Do-donpa is the speediest coaster and the world record holder for fastest acceleration. Eejanaika is the 4th dimension roller coaster with seats rotating within the car and has the highest total number of spins in the world. The 4th roller coaster is Takabisha, the steepest roller coaster in the world, which drop at an angle of 121 degrees. Each attraction has different price ranging from 500 yen to 1000 yen. However, most roller coaster rides are at 1000 yen.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am to 6pm.
- Visit Lake Kawaguchi
Amongst the all five lakes that encircles Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi has the best access to see Mt. Fuji from far or near. There are a lot of attractions that you can visit around Kawaguchi. First you can ride a rope way named Kachi Kachi ropeway near the lake. Mr. Kachi Kachi Ropeway will take you to an observation deck on Mt. Fuji at an altitude of 1.075 meters in just 3 minutes. From the observation deck itself, you can see the panoramic views of Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji.
Opening Hours: March – November 9 am to 5.10 pm
December – February 9.30 am to 4.40 pm
The departure of the ropeway is every 10 minutes.
Admission: 800 yen for round trip, and 450 yen for one way.
Next, you can take pleasure boat in Lake Kawaguchi. This pleasure boat will take you around the lake with Mt. Fuji as the background. You can buy a combination ticket of the Kachi Kachi Ropeway, Boat Ride, and Bus Ride at the Kawaguchiko Station. The boat leaves every 30 minutes and will take you around 20 minutes. The pleasure boat I went on had a covered lower deck and an open top deck. As the weather was too cold and windy at the same time, I did not go up to the top and jus stay at the lower deck.
Opening Hours: April – October 9 am to 5.30 pm
November – March 9 am to 4 pm
Admission: Adult 900 Yen, Children 450 Yen, Under 1 year no charge,
- Eat at Fuji Tempura Idaten
Do not know where to eat around Kawaguchi? I recommend you to try this infamous Tempura at Fuji Tempura Idaten. The restaurant is in famous for the Tempura and its reasonably price. I ordered tempura set which can be shared with two persons. If you see the picture of the food above, the tempuras served with crunchy vegetables and egg. The vegetables are fresh too. I also ordered Udon, but I don’t recommend you to try the Udon. Instead you can try the hot soba noodles. The chef also cooks our food in front of us and the restaurant is also accessible as it takes around 10-15 minutes walk from the Kawaguchiko station. To add, if you would like to visit here for dinner, come before 6.30 pm as it is always full and crowded.
- Go to Gotemba Premium Outlets
Gotemba Premium Outlets is the biggest premium outlets in Japan, located in Gotemba, Shizuoka, at the base of Mount Fuji. It was opened on 13rd July 2000 with more than 200 stores. The stores at the premium outlets are mostly international brands for fashion, sports, and electronics. This place offers luxury and sports brands such as Prada, Hugo Boss, Coach, Gucci, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Burberry, Valentino, Kenzo, Paul Smith, Abercrombie, Champion, and many more.
I went there from Kawaguchiko station with express bus and it takes around 1 hour. I bought the ticket for one way trip around 2000 yen. If you do not use the express bus, it will approximately cost around 1500 yen. The prices in the premium outlets are not really cheap. Mostly the products sold in the premium outlets are from previous season or unsaleable in the market. What makes it special is that you can take a photo with Mt. Fuji as a background.The stores accept various of payments such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and AliPay.
Opening Hours: Everyday 10 am to 8 pm
December to February (Winter Season): 10 am to 7 pm
Closing Date: The Third Thursday in February