Hakone Fuji Tour
Chureito Pagota and Kawaguchiko
Sightseeing Bus Guide Map
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
No driver's licence? No problem! How about all by reliable public transportation? It takes whole fun day, it may be too tight if you tried both five-lakes area (north side of Mt.Fuji) and Hakone area (south side of Mt.Fuji) in one day, so one-day-one-area is recommended. For those who wish to visit north side of Mt.Fuji (five-lakes area), either highway-buses.jp or JR (plus Fujikyu Railway) is an option. For those who wish to visit south side of Mt.Fuji (Hakone area), either Odakyu pass or JR area pass.
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Guided tour is easy! and lazy? at Hato Bus Tour and Japan Dream Tour. Or, would you like to do all and more on your own? Actually, if you were 3 persons and more, it is not only flexible but also cost affective. Let's drive where JR and bus does not go. You may also be able to catch ice cube in ice cave during hot summer time at wind cave of Fuuketsu and ice cave of Hyooketsu. Actually this is the ice warehouse for Edo people during the Edo period. Here is some price idea of self-guided-tour on Toyota, Nippon and Nissan rent-a-car companies. Total kilometers would be 300km - 400km round trip, 10hrs - 12hrs in total. Japan Expressway Pass is highly recommended for further driving throughout Japan.
Car with yellow plate (Kei-Jidousha or K-Jidousha in Japanese, max. 4 persons including driver, does not run fast on highway, very tiny small car with less than 660cc engine) : around JPY7,000 / 12hrs at Nippon Rent-A-Car Honda N-BOX is highly recommended
Eco Car (Hybrid) (max. 4 persons including driver, does run with very efficient km/gas figure) : around JPY11,000 / 12 hrs at Nippon Rent-A-Car.
Toyota Noah (max. 8 persons including driver, fit well with 6 persons comfortable size, but 8 persons will be a zoo drive?) : around JPY16,000 / 12hrs at Toyota Rent-A-Car
Or, how about Luxury Cars of Nissan like SKYLINE, FUGA, CIMA available at Nissan Rent-A-Car? Watching Mt.Fuji while driving luxury (and Shinkansen green class) is one of Lost-in-Translation experience!
Toll for highway express road (Kosoku Ryokin) from downtown Tokyo to Fuji area round trip should be JPY7,000 - JPY8,000. Gas / Petrol for round the trip should be less than JPY3,000 depending on car-size and how you accelerate/control/shift the car. Hybrid car can ride 20km - 30km per litter. 400km = 20km/litter x 20 litters. JPY3,000 = 20 litters x JPY150/litter.
Shutoko Expressway : Feels like you are playing Sony PS3?
Expressway Map : Let's drive Kool.
5th station toll road : JPY2,060 per car (be careful for iced road in winter)
Mt.Fuji Panoramic Ropeway (Kawaguchiko lake) : JPY800 per person
Ropeway on Komagatake : JPY1,300 per person
Ferry on Ashinoko (Ashi-lake) : JPY360 or JPY760 or JPY1,000 per person
Insurance to cover any scar/damage/accident : Various, usually including the rental charge (please make sure that your travel insurance is also protecting yourselves)
Straight going back to either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport? Here's your easy drive.
Narita Airport : Multiple routes are available
Haneda Airport : Multiple routes are avaialble
Fujiya Hotel in Hakone
Once John Lennon stayed traditional Japanese hotel is now available on-line reservation.
Fujikyu Highland, young enough to scream all day long? Sorry if you were over 61 years old, some rides CANNOT be available for elder ladies/gentlemen. Now we know that we've got to enjoy our life when it is possible, let's not miss the chance! Please check weather forecast at this weather page so that you can scream with the great view of Mt.Fuji. The best would be the Guiness Recorded 121 degree steep cliff coaster. Can't imagine this world!
Or, how about drive your own veihcle (rent-a-car, recommended 4WD this time) in Fuji Safari Park to see lions, tigers, bears, elephants and more with great view of Mt.Fuji behind? Their condition is much better than squeezed concrete of Ueno Zoo or Zoo Station in Berlin (human zoo? personally loving the area, though!).
Hungry after all? Hoto (local udon noodle) is the speciality there. Quite a volume because history says this is the war-time quick food. Interested in architecture/design as well? HOUTOU-FUDOU.jp is the best recommended, Shinkansen ride with Mt.Fuji view and HOTO noodle with Mt.Fuji view are the must things while you are in Japan.
Again, make sure that you find sunny day at www.jma.go.jp/en/yoho/, and please try dreaming your journey ahead (^_^) it eventually comes true. And hereunder is some great live camera view in your hands
Fuji-Go-Ko (five lakes area, north side of Mt.Fuji)
Hakone area (south side of Mt.Fuji)
From Shimizu, Fujinomiya and Gotemba
From Fuji-shi, nearby Shin-Fuji Shinkansen station
From Satta Pass (Hiroshige's View)
Yes, The World Heritage. Mt.Fuji (or Fuji-san) is the highest mountain
in Japan at 3,776m peak and located approximately 100 kms south-west of
Tokyo. The symbol of Japan and the spirit of Japan as Mr.Abe describes.
The official climbing season is July and August, only 2 months which is
the season all huts are opened and mountain buses also run fully.
Map 1 with bus timetable
Map 2 with most major route
Lazy to climb but would like to capture the great view? And perhaps drive Toyota there? Then, please surf on Hakone Fuji Tour, one column up.
FAQ : Can I climb and come back within one day from Tokyo? Is it possible to do the summit if I departed early in the morning (hotel/ryokan based in Tokyo)? Yes, you can, only if you are good at mountain. Detailed answer is at the bottom of this page.
Direct bus to the 5th station is available from Shinjuku West Exit Kosoku Bus Terminal (BusTa). The 2.5 hours ride cost JPY2,900 one way one adult. Reservation is almost must and highly recommended (up to 1 month ahead).
Train is not really recommended, but if you had JR Pass already and would like to make most of the usage, please take JR Chuo Line from Tokyo or Shinjuku, get off at Otsuki to transfer Fujikyu Line all the way to the last stop called Kawaguchiko station (or middle station called Fujisan, formerly known as Fuji-Yoshida). This Fujikyu Line is not JR, therefore extra JPY1,140 or JPY1,020 respectively is needed for one way one adult for JR Pass traveler. Without JR Pass, it is JPY2,460 (JPY1,320 for JR local train + JPY1,140 for Fujikyu Line) or JPY2,340 (JPY1,320 for JR local train + JPY1,020 for Fujikyu Line). Limited Express needs extra JPY930 - JPY1,650 depending on which day you ride (JR Pass holder/s can ride without surcharge). Then, mountain bus from Kawaguchiko station (or Fujisan station) to the 5th station which is JPY1,540 and about an hour ride from whichever station.
1. Without JR Pass via Kawaguchiko station : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPY4,000 + limited express fare if needed
2. With JR Pass : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPY1,140 + limited express fare if needed on Fujikyu Line (JPY300) + JPY1,540
3. With JR Pass : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPY1,140 (local train on Fujikyu Line) + JPY1,540
Just some example below. Seasonal timetable may apply, please consult bus and train companies.
Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal (Bus-Ta) 06:45AM => 09:20AM 5th station of Mt.Fuji
You have about 8 hours - 11 hours to conquer the top of Japan! which is enough for both ways (5th station <=> top) depending on how you are sporty and experienced in mountain climbing.
5th station of Mt.Fuji 17:00 => 19:35 Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal (Bus-Ta)
5th station of Mt.Fuji 19:50 => 20:35 Kawaguchiko (last chance to get back to downtown Tokyo)
5th station of Mt.Fuji 20:40 => 21:25 Kawaguchiko (you can not make it to downtown Tokyo in same day)
5th station of Mt.Fuji 21:10 => 21:55 Kawaguchiko (not Fridays, not Saturdays)
Kawaguchiko 20:15 => 22:00 Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal (Bus-Ta)
Kawaguchiko 20:51 => 21:44 Otsuki 21:54 => 22:29 Takao 22:30 => 23:28 Tokyo
Kawaguchiko 21:19 => 22:16 Otsuki 22:24 => 23:00 Takao 23:05 => 00:19 Tokyo
FAQ : The cheapest way to the top!?
You can start climbing actually from 1st station called UmaGaeshi (literally translated as Horse Return). Every hour has bus service from Fujisan station (Fujikyu Line) from 10:00 to 14:00 (at top of the clock), it takes 30 min from Fujisan station to Uma-Gaeshi, costs JPY500 one way one adult. Ready for the longest walking journey starts from the 1st station to the 10th (top of the Yoshidaguchi route), which is about 9 - 10 hours ascend. You may consider staying over-night at the 5th station for easier task.
Alternatively, there is Gotemba route. To reach to Gotemba, the easiest way is to take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku. Note that there are only 3 trains a day directly bound for Gotemba from Shinjuku, other than these Limited Express called Fujisan Tokkyu, you may need to change at Shin-Matsuda or Matsuda station. Also note that it is JR line from Matsuda to Gotemba, that Odakyu Line from Shinjuku to Shin-Matsuda.
1. With JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotemba : JPY1,470 (this is the fare and limited express fee for Odakyu Line, you do not need to pay JR part)
2. Without JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotemba : JPY2,810 all included with Limited Express Asagiri
3. With JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotemba : JPY 0 (zero yen since all covered by JR Pass) and 2 hrs 10 min
4. Without JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotemba : JPY1,940 one way one adult
There is a bus from Gotemba to the 5th station called Gotemba-Guchi-Shin-Gogome. It is JPY1,080 one way one adult, runs almost every hour from 8AM to 4PM throughout summer.
Non-FAQ (^_^) What is the hardcore route?
Are you tough? Apart from four major routes, there is also this completed version called Route3776, yes, from the seashore to the summit. To touch the water of Suruga Bay is nearest from JR Shin-Fuji station or from JR Yoshiwara station. Here's got Google Map from the Pacific Ocean to top of Japan.
Of course, the official four major routes for climbing Mt Fuji are easier for most of people, making it possible to all range of people at any age. The record is said to be 101 years old (or some says 105 years old or even 108 years old). Interested in naming on the Guiness Book? In fact, more than 300,000 people attempting the climb every year.
Seems easy task, but there are matters which require attention, please. Without noticing the risk of death, mountain sickness is something which affects some people due to the high altitude even at 3,000m range above sea level, in which case it is strongly advised to descend immediately. Indeed, July and August is summer in cities and towns at the bottom of Mt.Fuji, but even this time (even day time) is normally less than 5 degrees Celsius at the summit, plus strong gust, therefore appropriate and adequate protection against the cold and the wind (as well as rain and fog) is necessary. On certain other days, the day time temperatures can also get very hot, so enough drinking water is must. You know mountain is bit different from beach, therefore, bad weather, strong winds and lightning can be very dangerous, not to mention falling rocks, sunburn, cold, heart failure and other accidents which have led to fatal circumstances.
Type of accommodation on the routes are sort of huts which normally charge about 7,000yen - 10,000yen. Usually one person occupy one tatami which is 1.62 square meters! approximately 90cm x 180cm. Closer to the summit, the scenery can be somewhat heaven (if you remember the one between your previous life and this time) when the weather is fine, when your body condition is fine.
Shops on the summit open from about 3.30 a.m. in July and August but may close during the last few days of the season. Sunrise is generally between 4.30am and 5.00am, when many shout the Japanese phrase "Banzai" which is originated in Chinese "Wansui" meaning 10,000 years! a word of celebration and hope for longevity (and thank what led you to be your own self).
The crater has a diameter of approximately 800 meters, and the circle route of the rim is about 3km which might take 1.5hours. The top of the top (the summit, the peak) is at south west of the circuit, apparently, FujinomiyaGuchi route is the closest reach, but it is totally the other way if you reached from YoshidaGuchi or SubashiriGuchi. Clockwise is so called "right way" to walk which is perhaps related to religious act, moving forward while your right shoulder is facing the center object. This pilgrimage is called Ohachi Meguri in Japanese language. And why not send a love letter from Mt.Fuji. South of the ring edge has a public Post Office and vending machine for sweet drink.
Onsen Hotspring including mixed bath
This page to introduce easy but real natural onsen experience in Tokyo.
No JR Pass, no problem, as they are located within Tokyo. If you had one
day extra in your itinerary, it is truly worth dipping yourself in one
or even more of below. The last on this lists is, of course, Asakusa.Though
the best Jakotsuyu did shut its management of 100 years, there are still
couple of them in Taito-ku where Ueno and Asakusa are located, one of 23
districts of downtown Tokyo, is truly a mecca of onsen/sento.
For those who would like to jump and soak with swimming suit (swimming pants), please find no-shy-at-all both Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Niwa-no-yu (neither of them is Japanese authentic traditional style).
With tattoo? Bit problem here in Japan, but you may find tatoo-friendly.jp useful. Nearby Narita Airport has Yamato-no-yu. In Asakusa, popular KotobukiYu is the best but not technically onsen hot spring, it is actually good mineral well water, with which local tofu is produced.
HaginoYu (Uguisudani, between Ueno and Nippori on JR Yamanote Line)
One of the biggest and the newest/cleanest sento in downtown, opened in 2017. Morning has good deal for sauna, no extra cost, which means that you may enjoy sauna within basic price of JPY460. Lunch and Dinner cannot be missed because they are all handmade, real cooked in their kitchen, not microwaved prepared food. Operated by same family of KotobukiYu (between Ueno and Asakusa) also highly recommended.
YakushiYu (Mukojima, nearby SkyTree Tower)
Just crossing over Sumida River from Asakusa, located north of the tower. Not onsen hot spring but using undergroundwater -80m below, surely good for your skin rather than just tap water, and surprisingly still boiling with firewood.
Somei Onsen Sakura (Komagome, Sugamo on JR Yamanote Line)
Just 4-5 minutes short walk from the Yamanote Line station/s, even they have free shuttle bus from/to Sugamo station, right in the middle of residential square, this would be your cozy treat with green garden attached and tatami room relaxation. Tattoo strict (very strict). Tabaco free. Delicious matcha softcream avaialble (^^)
The old bathhouse with Japan nostalgia, not natural hot spring, though. Please also find Asakusa Onsen in text below with real mineral water springing from 1,000 meter down.
Ryusenji-no-yu (Souka or Soka)
Easy and cheap access from Asakusa on Tobu Skytree Line (bound for Nikko). Yatsuka (TS15) is only 30 minutes, only JPY310, one way from Asakusa. Or, Soka (TS16) has free shuttle bus from/to the onsen hot spring.
Kinu no yu (only bit out of downtown)
Also easy access from Asakusa on TX (Tsukuba Express) train. It is 28 minutes train ride to the nearby station Moriya, and there is a free shuttle bus taking you from/to the hot spring. Only the onsen in Ibaraki-ken which uses no-recycling natural mineral water. Not in downtown, but much much better than Oedo Monogatari Onsen in Odaiba. Mix onsen is available.
Maenohara Onsen (Sayano-yudokoro)
Another easy access? Located just outside of downtown, well, still within Toei Subway network, we also would like to recommend this off-beaten-track hot spring. It is 45 minutes subway rides (Kuramae => Kasuga => Shimurasakaue) Toei Oedo Line and Toei Mita Line. Much much traditional compare to Oedo Monogatari Onsen in Odaiba.
Ohgai Onsen in Ueno
Located in middle of downtown, stone throw away from Ueno Zoo. This is very first authorized/certified by Tokyo government as natural hot spring with using mineral water.
Yumorinosato in Musashino
Located in a bit west end of downtown, it is rather easy to access if you are in Shinjuku and Shibuya area already. Keio Line has easy access from both terminal stations, and Chofu station has not only this hot spring but also Chofu Airport for Tokyo's southern islands as well as Ajinomoto Stadium (FC Tokyo's home ground).
Kamata Onsen in Ota-ku
Situated in southern most district of downtown Tokyo, this onsen has been managed by one family since 1937. In Japanese, we call this onsen ....... KuroYu (BlackOnsen) as color is just like coffee. Not far from Moriyama House.
Sento (Sentoh or Sentou) and Onsen in Meguro-ku
Feel bit itcy after visiting Parasitological Museum in Meguro? Let's wash them out here and there in Meguro-ku. Please note some of the lists has not mineral water but tap water (>_<)
Okutama Onsen MoegiNoYu
JR train reaches to this western edge of Tokyo. From skyscraper Shinjuku, it is just less than 2 hours train ride, you'll be middle of forest and along Tama river stream. Tired of walking on asphalt in concrete jungle? Your zen relaxation is just JR away!
Takao Onsen GokurakuYu
Another western edge of Tokyo is this popular mountain hike spa. Keio Line goes direct from Shinjuku. You may try hiking over TakaoSan (Mt.Takao) for your green life in Tokyo.
There WAS a hot spring nearby Tokyo Ryokan. It WAS the real onsen using hot spring, mineral water, from 1,000 meter underneath of Tokyo city. But this famous and popular Jakotsuyu was closed in May 2019. Although, please don't you worry, there are several others still available here in downtown (including tattoo friendly one). It is only 460yen per one adult (sauna costs usually extra 200yen or so). Some has within short walk distance from Tokyo Ryokan . It is Japanese culture to crash down after sento (sentoh or sentou) or onsen. Among them, KotobukiYu is the top listed, nearest metro station is Inaricho (G17), nearest JR station is Ueno.
Aomori One Day Trip
Extra day you have, and got bored in Tokyo? Northern most of main island
Honshu is facing Tsugaru Kaikyo Strait (Hakodate of Hokkaido the other
side). Maguro tuna has the best name between Sea of Japan and Pacific Ocean,
you might have heard of 3 million dollars worth fish at Toyosu Fish Market.
October, November, December are the most recommended months for the precious
tuna, and this is their official website.
Tohoku Shinkansen has the brand new (and the fastest in Japan) Hayabusa from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori (713.7km north of Tokyo) and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (862.5km north of Tokyo). The 1+2 seater Gran-Class looks like international business class (additional gran-class fare required on top of JR Pass). The 2+2 seater Green-Car is comfortable and relaxed guaranteed as well (additional green-car fare required if your pass is for 2nd class). Other seats with 2+3 seater are all-reserved (there is no un-reserved seats) on Hayabusa super express. And below shows an example of the timetable according to www.hyperdia.com/en and https://simokita.org/access/.
Tokyo 06:32 => 09:21 Hachinohe 09:33 => 10:19 Noheji 10:22 => 11:07 Shimokita 11:15 => 13:01 Omazaki
(Enjoy the port, you may be interested in crossing the strait with www.tsugarukaikyo.co.jp/global/en/)
Omazaki 16:18 => 17:55 Shimokita 18:17 => 19:14 Noheji 19:17 => 19:59 Hachinohe 20:12 => 23:04 Tokyo
You are not interested in fat tuna? but interested in feeling your loved one who had passed away sadly? then, Osorezan or Mt.Osore is the souls meeting spot. Your body may not be capable doing so (yet) but their sharman can do on behalf of you. One of the best sulphur onsen is also at the site, surely your heart and soul will be purified in many ways. Mind you, this is not a sightseeing tourist attraction but for one who's been struggling between death and live. Wanna know why you are reading this? Nearby JR Kawatana station in Nagasaki also has a sharman who is actually a restaurant owner there (^^)
Oshima Island x 2
#1. The southern one, in Kagoshima, just north of Okinawa
This one is located between Pacific Ocean and East China Sea, south of Kagoshima, north of Okinawa, some 1,300km away from Tokyo. There were only JAL used to fly there, but now PEACH (formerly known as Vanilla Air) is giving us chance to visit the island cost affective!
Great view of Mt.Fuji will be captured on right window from Narita to Amami Oshima.
Great view of Mt.Fuji will be captured on left window from Amami Oshima to Narita.
Therefore, it is worth paying extra few hundred yen to assign certain seat/s. Actually highly recommend to pay, and worth to do so to get the Relax Seat. And here is some tip to make your journey as wonderful as you expect.
Kakeroma Island (off main Amami island)
Amami Ferry (Kagoshima - Amami - Okinawa)
Island Bus called Shima Bus (3 days bus pass is JPY4,200)
By the way, the capital town of the island is Naze, which is Why in Japanese. Is it high time that you should visit this island to re-aim your life goal? Why? The answer is there (^^)
#2. The northern one, off Tokyo Bay
The island is located south of Tokyo Bay, about 74 miles away. It was about 30 minutes ANA DHC8-Q400 flying, but now, no ANA flight at all, NCA does small plane. Touch-the-ocean style of living? It is about 2 hours speed boat (Tokai Kisen B929), day trip possible to feel the valcano wildness surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Slow life lover? There is even a night ferry from Tokyo to the island (Tokai Kisen Tachibana-maru).
Unlike Miyakejima (Miyake island), Oshima or Ohshima island does not require gas mask to visit, but it is true that almost every 50 years there has been a volcanic activity, the last one which caused a month whole island evacuation was in 1986.
You might have asked yourself "where is the horror movie RINGU (RING) island in Japan?" ....... well, the answer is here! The island is creepy famous for that crawling woman! Now even available on 3D effect, how creepy is that if Sadako san lives in virtual reality!?
Ohshima Park Zoo (free of charge) is located in north east of island. There is a coastal hiking route along the cliff and rough sea. Bus between Okata port (not Okada in pronunciation) and the park zoo is 14 minutes, 370yen, or about 2 hours wild (nice) walk. Bird cage is fun to be inside to feel like you are in the bird nature. Male camel was born in 1996 Hiroshima, exchanged to Fukuoka, traveled 800km to this island in 2008.
Are you a fun of onsen (hot spring)? No wonder the island is in high magma activity, there are many onsen hot spot. Below introduces some of them.
Oshima Onsen is right next to the crater cone area. You may even stay over-night from where you can capture sunrise and sunset beautifully.
Hamanoyu is right next to the Pacific Ocean, only 4 minutes short walk distance from Motomachi port. It is mixed onsen (male and female in the same bath). Unlike other hot spring, swimming suit (swimming pants) is must, so if you are shy but wanted to shout in front of the wild sea, this is the ideal place.
Kurumiya gained the benefit of the eruption in 1986, their cold well suddenly became hot natural spring, you will enjoy this Japanese style ryokan (20 rooms only).
Gojinka Onsen has no outside spa but 25m swimming pool (of course filled with hot natural spring). Bring your swimming suite and cap, and why not exercise in onsen pool? It is located actually right next to Hamanoyu (outside onsen, rotenburo), combination ticket has discount.
Rent a car and enjoy driving Japan
Serching camping car? Hunting camper van? Honda has cheap without frills,
very simple and minimum yet enough facility. N-VAN is highly recommended.
About JPY8,000 for 24 hours, can easily run 20km per liter.
Honda N-VAN Official
Especially in Hokkaido where there is not much traffic light nor traffic itself, but lots of nature in wild, gorgeous view, excellent dish and hot spring to relax. Turn your radio on (not internet radio but local wave one) to listen to Russian music, drive eastern and northern coastal roads to view Russian islands! Need rest over night? Just pull over at Michi-no-Eki (Road-Station) so that you can bathe among local people. Just please watch out for fox, deer and bear, and let's ask their approval to enjoy driving. Hereunder has some useful links
You may drive your (rent-a-) car in to following ferries to cross the ocean!
Shin Nihonkai Ferry
Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry
Or, you may fly cheap there, and rent a car from/to your airport!