Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity.
A trip we almost didn't make because the buses were full. Instead, we navigated ourselves, taking 3 trains, on a 2 1/2 journey out of Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi. We were fortunate enough to see Mount Fuji which is often hidden behind clouds and haze. A very long and tiring day but having checked Mount Fuji webcam before we left, this was an opportunity we couldn't afford to miss.
How to get to Mount Fuji
Train - Use the Metro system to get to Shinjuku Station, from here you can take train.
Chuo line to Takao station – Chuo line to Otsuki Station – Fujikyuko line to Kawaguchiko station
Chuo line (limited express) to Otsuki Station - Fujikyuko line to Kawaguchiko
Keio line to Takao station – Chuo line to Otsuki Station – Fujikyuko line to Kawaguchiko station
Bus - There are daily tour busses going from Tokyo to Mount Fuji
Car Rental - If you have rented a car, you can drive there yourself. Explore around as you go.
Take the Chuo line to Otsuki station, this should take around 1 hour 20 minutes and cost around 2500 yen. Buy your ticket for the entire journey from the station as sometimes the second train is full.
Transfer in Otsuki onto the Fujikyu line to Kawaguchiko. This should take around and hour and is a very slow old train. It costs around 1100yen. Be sure to get on early as seats are limited.
Buy your return tickets from the station in Tokyo if they allow you, they were funny with us but we read you can get them,
You can always go buy tour guide buses from Tokyo, but these prices are a lot more than what you wold pay doing on your own.
Make sure you check the weather before you leave, we looked at the I’ve Mount Fuji webcam before we left.