Mt. Fuji Area (Yamanashi)富士山エリア
The highest mountain in Japan with a beautiful cone shape. The center of mountain worship since ancient days.
Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters high and is the highest mountain in Japan, situated in the southeast part of Yamanashi at the border of Shizuoka. With unrivaled magnificence and a beautiful cone shape, Mt. Fuji has often been selected as the subject of paintings and literature. It is world famous as a symbol of Japan.
At the foot of Mt. Fuji are Fuji-Goko (Fuji's Five Lakes), Aoki-ga-hara-jukai (a sea of trees that is dark even during the day), and Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji-Sengen Shrine (which was constructed to calm the eruption of Mt. Fuji). The Fire Festival of Yoshida, held at the end of the summer as a ritual for closing the climbing season for Mt. Fuji, is one of the three most peculiar festivals in Japan.
Mt. Fuji has long been the center of mountain worship of ancient Japan. Today, it is a popular mountain to climb, and many people climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise called Goraiko from the summit. Access to the 5th station is well maintained, so you can go up to this point and thoroughly enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Fuji by just looking at the beautiful sight and its surrounding environment close at hand in all seasons without having to climb all the way to the top.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h 50 min from Shinjuku (Tokyo) via Otsuki (JR Chuo Line, limited express) to Kawaguchi-ko Station by Fuji Kyuko Line. 50 min from Kawaguchi-ko Station to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji by bus. (No service in winter)