Mount Fuji from Tokyo: Day trip itinerary

Monte Fuji al amanecer desde el lago Kawaguchi

A day-trip from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and the lesser known Hakone five lakes area is among Japan’s traveler’s favorites, so here is our guide on how to visit make this famous landmark with the Japan Rail Pass. Whereas you prefer climbing or a more relaxed pace, we have the perfect guide for you make the most out of this trip!

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji at sunset

Interesting facts about Mount Fuji

Mt Fuji is not only the highest mountain (3.776 meters), Japan’s most climbed and depicted one, but it is also the pure representation of good luck and good fortune for all Japanese citizens. This is a curious fact, considering the mountain is actually a giant volcano (with low risk of eruption).

Nevertheless, what is even more fascinating is that it is not a single volcano. It is part of three volcanoes, one on top of the other. The bottom one is Komitake volcano, the second layer is Kofuji, while Fuji is the youngest of all three. Although officially classified as active, it has very low eruption risk, since it was last active in 1708.

Interesting fact: Did you know that Mount Fuji is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, located less than 100 kilometers away from Japan’s capital?

Climbing Mount Fuji

All travelers eager to climb the top of Mount Fuji must bear in mind that the climbing season lasts from July until September. During summer all hiking trails are open.

In any other period, trails and mountain huts will be closed, so it can be very dangerous for anyone to attempt climbing on their own.

To climb Mount Fuji, there are four Fuji trails, which will take you to the mountaintop:

  • Yoshida trail – 2,300m (altitude of head trail)
  • Subashiri trail – 2,000m
  • Gotemba trail  – 1,450m
  • Fujinomiya trail – 2,400m

All trails can be accessed via a mountain bus, taking passengers from one of the five 5th stations (although all are named 5th station, these are different stations), with the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, at Yoshida trail, being the most popular one.

Climbing Mt Fuji
Climbing Mt Fuji by @Azlan DuPree (Flickr)

Mt. Fuji from the Shinkansen trains

Summer is also the time when Mount Fuji can be clearly seen from a Shinkansen train leaving Tokyo towards Nagoya – Osaka – Kyoto. The window view is impressive – make sure to reserve your D or E seat (C or D in Green Cars), which is the right side from Tokyo, left side from Kyoto.

Fuji bullet train
On a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen from inside a bullet train


Tokyo to Mount Fuji via Gotemba

Apart from the Yoshida trail, the Gotemba trail is one of the most popular routes among visitors, here is how to get to it (travel time by train should be a little over 2 hours from Tokyo):

  • Take JR Tokaido line for Kozu from Tokyo Station, using your JR Pass
  • Once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu
  • Get off at Gotemba Station | final destination
Tokyo to Gotemba
Tokyo to Mt Fuji via Gotemba – Hyperdia screenshot

Note: The Hyperdia screenshot shows you a detailed description of a journey example with pre-selected departure time and date. Note that the train trip will be free of charge for all Japan Rail Pass holders. The displayed price is only valid for passengers with no JR pass.

Once at Gotemba station, take a bus to Subashiri 5th station, the gateway to climbing Mount Fuji. The bus operated by Fujikyu to reach the Gotemba climbing route. One-way bus journey is about an hour long, at the cost of 1.540 yen (round trips are 2.060 yen).

Please note that Fujikyu is not part of the Japan Rail Group, which means the Japan Rail Pass does not cover buses ran by this company, and no seat reservations are available.

Note: During the climbing season, buses operate differently in comparison to the off-season. For more detailed information and timetables, please check with the local operator.

What to see in the Mount Fuji area

As we have already mentioned, Mount Fuji forms part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Hakone is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, located less than 100 km. from the capital city of Japan.

Famous for its scenic area, Ashi lake, hot springs and breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, Hakone is more than worth the visit.

Please check our new Hakone guide for more information on visiting the area.

LakeAshi and Mt Fuji Hakone
Lake Ashi – Hakone by @木更津乃風 (Wikipedia)

Best time to visit Mount Fuji and its area

Also, please remember that the best time to visit any of those places is the hiking (summer) season, from July to mid-September. These are the months that promise sunshine, good weather, and fantastic views. Unfortunately, travelers who decide to make this trip in October or March may not be able to enjoy the area scenery fully due to heavy rains or clouded mountain peaks.

Tokyo to Hakone with the JR Pass

Here’s how to get from Tokyo to Hakone with the bullet train:

  • Take the Tokaido Shinkansen (Kodama and some Hikari trains, please check) from Tokyo Station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass)
  • Get off at Odawara station
  • Take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto (not covered by JR)
  • Get off at Hakone-Itabashi. This is your final destination.

Also very popular among the locals are Fujigoko or Fuji’s Five Lakes, which are located in the northern area of Mount Fuji.

Tokyo to Fuji Five Lakes

Kawaguchiko (or lake Kawaguchi), Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko, and Motosuko are the Fuji Five Lakes, each of them offering unforgettable views and outdoor activities. Some of them include fishing, hiking, camping and anything that can come to your mind – nature has no limits. Most hotels in the area are located close to the five lakes too.

Mount Fuji as seen at sunrise across Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji as seen at sunrise across Lake Kawaguchi by @Mstyslav Chernov (Wikimedia)

To get to the Fuji Five Lakes:

  • Take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) to Otsuki Station (Azusa trains, covered by the JR Pass).
  • Once at Otsuki, take Fujikyu Railway to Kawaguchiko Station (not covered by the JR Pass).

How to get from Kyoto and Osaka to Hakone

Some travellers prefer to visit the area coming from the Kansai region (Osaka and Kyoto). Here’s how to get from the west, with the bullet train:

  • Take the Tokaido Shinkansen (Kodama and some Hikari trains, please check) from Kyoto Station or Shin-Osaka station (covered by the Japan Rail Pass)
  • Get off at Odawara station
  • Take the Hakone Tozan train for Hakone-Yumoto Station (not covered by JR)
  • Get off at Hakone-Itabashi Station. This is your final destination.


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115 thoughts on “Mount Fuji from Tokyo: Day trip itinerary”
  1. Hi there!
    Me and my wife is going to japan on October 9 for 14 days and I am plan to get a 14 days JR pass, my 1st trip to Japan,, can’t wait for it..
    Landing at Narita International Airport
    Day 1 – Arriving at Narita 11:30 am planning to stay in Shibuya or Shinjuku (afternoon Tokyo sightseeing)
    Day 2 – Day trip Kamakura passing by ONODEN
    Day 3 – Day trip Central Nikko & Okunikko
    Day 4 – Day trip Hakone & Mt. fuji
    Day 5 – Move to Takayama and explore Takayama
    Day 6 – Day trip to Shirakawago and Kanazawa
    Day 7 – Move to Kyoto
    Day 8 – Day trip to Arashiyama
    Day 9 – Day trip to OASAK
    Day 10 – Day trip to Nara
    Day 11 – In Kyoto the whole day and back to Tokyo on Night Train
    Day 12 – Tokyo East Side
    Day 13 – Free time (still planning)
    Day 14 – Depart Narita @ 13:10
    Kind of very tight on the schedule , Is the 14 day JR pass worth on our trip?
    Thanks a lot and more power!

  2. Hi,
    I’ll be visiting Tokyo and Osaka by mid-November 2018 and would like to pay a visit to Mt.Fuji.
    I would like to have an experience go by bullet train. I planning to purchase JR pass. Is there any bullet train for:
    1. Tokyo to Osaka (Return)
    2. Tokyo to Mt. Fuji
    Look forward to your reply.

    1. Hi Jovi Ong! Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto with the Japan Rail Pass is easy. You should take the Shinkansen Hikari train from either Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo, and arrive at Kyoto Station. This line is fully included in your Japan Rail Pass. Regarding how to get to Mount Fuji, the itinerary is partially covered by the pass. This article you are commenting has all the details 😉 please check carefully.

  3. We are traveling 12 days in Japan, from Narita airport to Tokyo to Nagana to Kyoto and Mount Koyasan to Osaka to Hiroshima and Miyajima then fly to Okinawa and then go to Tokyo and Mount Fuji. Do you suggest Japan Rail Pass, or JR East or JR West 4 day or 7 day pass? Thank you for any help. We leave July 23. We want to also go to Universal in Tokyo.

    1. Hi Cindy! The nation-wide Japan Rail Pass is the only pass that will allow you travel along the whole country. Should you want a pass to travel to all mentioned locations it would be adviceable to go for the Japan Rail Pass.

  4. Hi we are planning on a trip from Tokyo to Mt Fuji for the night and then to Kyoto. We have the 7 day pass, how do we go about doing that?

    Thank you

  5. Hi,
    I plan to visit Mt Fuji , the five Lakes on 17 June 2018 for a day trip. Then,how do i go to Kyoto after that ?
    Your kind advice is much appreciated.
    Thank you very much.


  6. Hi,

    We want to stop by mount Fuji on the way to Kyoto. We are wondering if there is any large size coin locker to deposit our luggage at the Gotemba or Kozu station? Any other thought about how to handle the luggage would also be appreciated.


  7. Is the JR rail the only way to get to mount fuji? I am considering to get the metro ticket for my stay in tokyo, but i am not sure if it is sufficient or not. Would love to hear from advise on it!

    1. Hi Joyce! Please note Mount Fuji and its area are not part of Tokyo metro. Should you want to reach Mount Fuji you will have to consider purchasing other types of ticket.

  8. Hi JRPass Team. We are arriving Tokyo, Narita airport on May 28 late afternoon. for 10 days. Of course we wil buy JR Pass for 7 days.
    On our arrival to Narita to our accommodation to Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken, Todaijima we do not want to use yet our JR Pass instead we will buy one off ticket to get into our accommodation.
    OUr itinerary
    1st day – Narita airport to Urayusu-shi, Chiba Ken for accommodation apartment in Urayusu-shi
    2nd day – Disneyland (will buy ticket goin to disneyland) – any idea how much
    3rd day – Disney Sea (will buy ticket goin to disneysea- any idea how much
    4th day – Activate our 7 days JR Pass from this day. Tokyo city centre for Mt Fuji tour, JR Pass
    5th day – Tokyo-kyoto-nara-tokyo or should we go tokyo-Kyoto-nara-osaka(stay overnight)-is this a long long trip
    6th day – Tokyo-Osaka
    7th day – Osaka back to Tokyo
    8th day – tokyo sightseeing
    9th day- tokyo sightseeing
    10th day – 7th day of JR Pass from Urayusu-shi to Narita airport for departure.
    Lastly when is the best time to buy JR Pass online, our departure is May 28, 2018. How long does it take delivery from mail.
    Thank you and looking forward to have this once in a lifetime experience in Japan.

    1. Hi ChiChi!

      If you get your Japan Rail Pass from the standard delivery time varies between 24 and 48 hours. However, the exact delivery time will depend on the customer’s location, time of order, public holidays as well as customs problems and/or ground/air transportation disruption. The estimated maximum delivery time is 72 hours.

      Enjoy your trip!

  9. hi,
    My family of 3 adults and 2 kids will arrive in Haneda on the 14 April ard midnight. Our apt is near Hirai Station. Our itinerary as follows:
    D1- Tokyo (15 April 2018)
    D3-Mount Fuji/ Lake Kawaguchi/Tokyo Skytree
    D4- Day trip to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route-Nagago-Toyama
    D5- Tokyo/Tsukiji/Tokyo
    D6- Day trip to Shikarawago ? open option on this
    D7- Tokyo-Haneda (21 April)

    I got two questions?
    1- Can I use the JRPass immediately when i arrive and still can be use when we going back to Haneda on the 21 April at 7pm.
    2-Your opinion on my itinerary

    Thank You

    1. Hi Khairul!

      The Japan Rail Pass validity period is calculated in days, not in hours. Therefore, if you have purchased a 8-day pass and your activation date (when you first use the pass) is the 14th of April, the exact expiration time will be midnight on April 20.

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

  10. Hi there,

    I am planning for an 8 days holiday in May 12-19 this year. My rough itinerary is as follow:
    May 12: Arrival Narita airport (1800).
    May 13: Shibuya- harajuku- shinjuku and maybe Asakusa
    May 14: Mt Fuji- chureito Pagoda- shibazakura Festival
    May 15: Yokohama- Travel to Osaka
    May 16: USJ
    May 17: Kyoto
    May 18: Nara- Osaka (afternoon)
    May 19: First train to Tokyo for departure at Narita.
    PS: I want to try the night train (Sunrise Seto) Osaka-Tokyo on May 18.. Is it possible? They said hard to reserve and must be in Japan in time or reservation..

    Will a 7 day pass worth it for my Itinerary? Will it be advisable to get Pasmo card for some trains or buses that does not include the JR Pass?

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Bhie!

      The Japan Rail Pass would pay off – please note that it has a cheaper price than a Tokyo to Kyoto return ticket, on a Shinkansen bullet train. Given your itinerary, it will amost be fully coveres with the pass:

      – The Narita Express is the most convenient Tokyo city transfer from and to Narita International Airport.
      – When in Tokyo, the pass affords access to 5 different local lines: the Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Rapid Chuo Line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines. Please note that Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku can be accessed with the Yamanote line.
      – Hakone and Mount Fuji area can also be accessed with the pass, however some small parts may require to buy separate tickets.
      – From Tokyo, your Japan Rail Pass gives you direct access to all that Yokohama has to offer. After you will also be able to easily reach Osaka at not additional cost in the JR Tokaido Shinkansen line (Kodama train).
      – While in Osaka, you will be able to make full use of the Osaka Loop Line. This line will also take you straight to Universal Studios Japan.
      – Travelling between Kyoto and Osaka is now easier than ever. Just take the Hikari train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line. You will get between Kyoto Station and Shin-Osaka Station.
      – In order to get from Kyoto to Nara, begin at Kyoto Station. Take the Miyakoji Rapid Train, on the JR Nara line to JR Nara Station. To get then to Osaka jusr raje the Yamatoji Rapid Train to Osaka Station.

      We hope you enjoy your stay!

  11. Hi there,
    I will arrive Toyko on 14/11/18 and depart from Osaka on 23/11/18 . I plan to visit as many places as possible and suggest whether a 7 days JR pass is advisable. Plan to stay in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara ? Osaka or do you suggest that I stay only in Tokyo and balance all days in Osaka but travel out everyday to other places. If I have finished my JR pass on 22nd, how to I travel from Osaka to the airport.

    Thank you.

  12. hello.
    we would like suggestions on how to travel from TOKYO to Mount FUJI in December 23, 2018.
    Five Lakes would be ok. will Mt. Fuji be visible in December 23 or so?

    appreciate reply.


    1. Hi Tony!

      Our best suggestions are detailed on this article you are commenting 😉 We recommend you to carefully read it. If travelling in Dececember you may not be able to enjoy the area scenery fully due to heavy rains or clouded mountain peaks – but of course it will always depend on the concrete day.

      We hope you enjoy yout stay!

  13. Hi! Planning to travel this coming April. I have 4 kids in tow so this trip will be quite challenging. My first concern is we want to see Cherry Blossom and first stop is Tokyo or Osaka. We also plan to visit Disneyland. Any suggestion if we are planning to stay for 7 days or better if we book 14 days? You have any suggestion re itinerary? And what route should we do first if we want to see cherry blossom. Thank you!

    1. Hi Eileen!

      Sure, our blog is full of itineraries and travel tips.

      If you want to enjoy cherry blossom you cannot miss our 2018 cherry blossom forecast for Japan article. There you will be able to find which areas are expected to be in full bloom at the date of your trip and then you can just adapt to it. For example, the best times to visit (full bloom) are expected to be around March 24 in Tokyo, and March 28-29 in Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka.

      We hope you enjoy your trip!

  14. Hi there!
    I’m going to japan end of this month for 10 days, my 1st trip to Japan,, can’t wait for it..
    Landing at Kansai International Airport
    Day 1 – Arr at Osaka
    Day 2 – Osaka Sightseeing (free and easy)
    Day 3 – Universal
    Day 4 – Kyoto sightseeing
    Day 5 – Shirakawa-go
    Day 6 – Tokyo Sightseeing
    Day 7 – Disney Sea
    Day 8 – Tokyo sightseeing / planning to Gala Yuzawa
    Day 9 – Mt.Fuji
    Day 10 – Narita
    Kind of very tight on the schedule , and we only purchase 7 days JR Pass, any suggestion ?
    And if we would like to do day trip to Mt.Fuji, is it possible to visit Gotemba and Hakone and back to Tokyo before 7 pm? and how to go there from Ueno ? Gotemba first or Hakone first? Do I need to reserve the seat?
    Thanks a lot!!

    1. Hi Rina!

      Your full itinerary is covered by the Japan Rail Pass:

      – To travel from the Kansai Airport to the city of Osaka, board the Limited Express Haruka at the Kansai Airport Station. Take the Haruka to Shin-Osaka Station. At Shin-Osaka, transfer to a local train to Osaka Station.
      – While in Osaka, you can make full use of the Osaka Loop Line.
      – To get to Universal Studios, from Osaka Station take the Osaka loop line to Universal City Station.
      – To get from Osaka to Kyoto you can take the Hikari train on the Tokaido line. The same train will take you straight to Tokyo.
      – While in Tokyo, the JR Pass affords access to five local railway lines: the Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Rapid Chuo Line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines.
      – DisneySea is a twenty-minute walk from Maihama Station, or you can take the Disney Resort Monorail from Maihama to Tokyo Disney Sea Station.
      – Mount Fuji trip is already described in this article.
      – From central Tokyo to Narita Airport you can travel in the Narita Express, fully included in your pass.

      We hope you enjoy your stay!

  15. Hi,

    I’m travelling to Japan on 28/04/2018. Touch down in Osaka then will be going to Kyoto for temples visit on 01/05/2018. Next will be Mount Fuji and Tokyo city. Could you please recommend on how can I travel from Kyoto to Mount Fuji? Or can you please suggest some planning to me? As I check online, I find out that all they way from Kyoto to Mount Fuji takes more than 5 hours by train. But I’m not sure with all the trains. Appreciate for your help.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Elaine!

      Reaching the Mount Fuji is easiest from Tokyo since it’s the closer than Kyoto. Should you still want to go to Mount Fuji from Kyoto, you may take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Mishima (included in th JR Pass), then Fujikyu Bus to Kawaguchiko (not included in the JR Pass). This is the fastest method.

      We hope you enjoy your visit!

  16. Hi,
    I will visit Japan from Osaka (arriving May 01, 2018 – 8AM @Kansai) and then back from Haneda (May 14 – 11.45AM). I will stay in Osaka, and going back and forth the Kansai Prefecture – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, then go to Tokyo, then Fuji, then back to Tokyo for shopping. I also would like to visit Gotemba Premium Outlet for my last shopping.

    Any idea on how I maximized by 7 day JR Pass during this visit and any good place that I might be missing. I’m more of a cultural person, but also like to mix with modern entertainment such as Universal Studio, Osaka Aquarium, Museum of Art etc.

    I’m still mixed on having to take JR Pass (fast but expensive) and JR-West rail which is cheaper but spent more time on the road. I’m not looking for a tight schedule. 🙂 Some ppl recommend me to go to Nagoya, or even in the between Osaka – Tokyo cities. Would like to visit a good onsen if any. 🙂

    Appreciate your help. 🙂

  17. hello
    I plan to be in japan from May 13th to May 29th – 17 full days. I’d like to see Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, Kanazawa, Osaka, Hokkaido, Hiroshima. There is so much information online and I’m not sure how to plan the route of the trip so as to save travelling time. Off course, I’ll be buying the JRP however what route should we take? What is the order of the cities we should take?
    Im most concerned about Hokkaido. How do I get there and which place is the most convenient to stay between Matsumae and Sopporo? Would this trip be covered by the JRP?
    I’m aware that JRP can be used for commuting outside of Tokyo however what can I use to travel within Tokyo? Do i need to purcvhase an additional pass for within Tokyo?

    1. Hi Sasha!

      We recommend you to check our Japan in 21 days: The ultimate travel itinerary article. It features our best recommendations to enjoy to the fullest a stay of 3 weeks in Japan and includes almost all of your desired visits. From our point of view, the best itinerary in your case should be as follows: Tokyo, Nikko, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima.

      You can reach Hokkaido from any of the main cities, being Tokyo the closest one. However the trip from Tokyo to Sapporo would take you 8 hours (and 11 from Kyoto) so we recommend to plan this part carefully. The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass as specified in our redicated article.

      The JR Pass affords access to five different Tokyo railway lines: the Yamanote Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, the Rapid Chuo Line, the local Chuo-Sobu line and other metropolitan lines that circulate on the outskirts of the city such as the JR Keiyo, Musashi, Nambu and Yokohama lines. Should you need to take any other line you would need to chose any of the prepaid ic cards available.

      Happy travels!

    2. Just been to Japan for 10 fantastic days. We bought 7 day JR Pass. First 3 spent in Tokyo bought tickets as required (we were not sure how much we would be able to cover per day). Activated JRP on 4th day to get to our next base, Osaka. Stayed there for 6 days in a hotel inside the station and travelled to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mijeyama, Nara, Namba, one day in Osaka, all covered by JRP, while the luggage stayed in our room. Some stations are enormous so can take 10-12 minutes walking just changing lines. Last day returned to Tokyo because of better weather, made use of JRP on Yamanote line (Loop Line) which takes you to most important sights. Hope this helps.

  18. Hi there!
    We are planning a day trip (27 March 218) from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Lake Kawaguchiko to Gotemba and back to tokyo.
    Could you advise me on how I can get to gotemba from kawaguchiko, then back to tokyo? We have already purchased the 14 days JR pass 🙂
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Yun Jie!

      To travel from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to Kawaguchiko you need to take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station (covered by your Japan Rail Pass). Once at Otsuki, take Fujikyu Railway to Kawaguchiko Station (not covered by your Japan Rail Pass). To get to Gotemba, take the JR Tokaido line for Kozu. Once at Kozu (Kanagawa), take the JR Gotemba Line for Numazu, and get off at Gotemba.

      Have an amazing trip!

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