5th station of Mt. Fuji
Enjoy not only climbing to the top
But also nature around the 5th station
(c) Fujiyoshida CityStraddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Mt. Fuji is a widely-known symbol of Japan. At 3,773 meters, Mount Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain. "Station (gome)" is the unit representing one tenth of the length from the trail entrance to the top.The fifth station Mt. Fuji is the fifth point from the base at the height of 2,305 meter. Being the end of the Fuji Subaru Line toll road and the highest point that general cars can reach, the place attracts a large number of tourists. Many climbers come here by car and walk the trail ahead to the top.
There is an observatory near the rotary at the 5th Station. From the observatory you can see below Komitake Shrine, an ancient place for prayer that has been visited by worshippers and disciplinant, and Yamanaka-ko, the largest lake among the five Fuji lakes, for example. A trail called Ochudo near the observatory is a hiking trail forming a circle around the middle of Mt. Fuji. Walk Ochudo about an hour and you will reach Oniwa that is popular for an awesome view. At the end of Ochudo, there is Satomidaira that commands a full view of Kawaguchi-ko, Yamanaka-ko and the Japan Alps.
Address: Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Phone: 0555-72-1266 (Fuji Gogome Tourist Association; closed from January to late March due to snow)
Directions: Train: Take a Fujikyu bus at Kawaguchi-ko Station of Fujikyu Railway (2 and a half Opening hours from Tokyo Station) and get off at "Fuji Gogome"
Car: 50 minutes from Kawaguchi-co Interchange on the Chuo Expressway (car park available from mid-April to mid-April)