Day 1 - Tokyo - Kawaguchiko (D)
This morning, take an early bus to Lake Kawaguchi, an onsen resort at the base of Mt. Fuji and one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Upon your arrival at Kawaguchiko Station, your local guide will meet you and together you will continue on to the Okuniwa Nature Park, which is located at the bottom half of Mt. Fuji.
You will hike through the Park, observing the area’s unique flora and fauna. If the weather is fine, you will also have commanding views of Fuji-san, standing at 3,776 meters about sea level.
After the hike, visit Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station for lunch. This is the starting point for hikers who climb Mt. Fuji during climbing season (July and August). You can also purchase a postcard, which you can send from the 5th station’s post office.
The guide will escort you back to Kawaguchiko Station, and from here, it’s a short bus/taxi ride to your accommodation.
Tonight, you will stay a Japanese-style room, complete with tatami (mats), shoji (rice paper) sliding doors, and onsen (hot spring baths).
Overnight in Kawaguchiko
Distances and journey time:
Shinjuku Bus Terminal to Kawaguchiko Station (103 km): 1 hr 45mins (bus)
Kawaguchiko Station to Fujisan Gogome-mae Bus Stop (30 km): 60 min (bus)
Okuniwa Nature Park (garden path): 40 mins (on foot)
*highly recommended to make an early start (latest 09:10)