How to build the trip plan to Fuji area. Various sample itineraries of Fuji Five Lakes and 5th station

Mt. Fuji from the shore of Lake Kawaguchi

Mt. Fuji is one of most popular spots. Because it is the highest mountain in Japan. And also Mt. Fuji is very accessible from Tokyo. It is about 2 hours away from Shinjuku, Tokyo by train or highway bus. You can visit there as day trip from Tokyo easily.

In this post, I would like to show you several trip plan to Fuji Five Lakes area which includes Mt. Fuji 5th station. When you go to Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko) is the gateway. I will show you the access to Lake Kawaguchi.

Sample itineraries to visit Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi to Lake Kawaguchi.

Sightseeing spots in Fuji Five Lakes area (Click to view large)

First of all, I would like to show you the sample itinerary of Mt. Fuji part only. This sample itinerary is starting from Lake Kawaguchi and finishing at Lake Kawaguchi. You can add on the access route from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi or other cities to Lake Kawaguchi on this Mt. Fuji sample itinerary. I will explain about the access to Mt. Fuji later. You can add it and you will complete to build whole part of your trip plan.

Lake Kawaguchi and 5th station one day plan

Mt. Fuji and Chureito Pagoda (C) Fujiyoshida City / JNTO

This itinerary includes most popular spots around Lake Kawaguchi area.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) 5th station

Enjoy mountain air in the middle of Mt. Fuji (1 hour)

5th station (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) Kawaguchiko

Lunch time around Kawaguchiko station

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Shimo-Yoshida

Visit Arakura Fuji Sengen shrine, Chureito Pagoda (1 hour)

Shimo-Yoshida (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Kawaguchiko

Visit Mt. Tenjo Ropeway (Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway) and/or Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi
*If you start this trip in very early morning, you may visit both.

Lake Kawaguchi and Shibazakura venue one day plan

Fuji Shibazakura Festival (C) Akira Okada / JNTO

Fuji Shibazakura Festival is hold from mid April to late May. Shibazakura (pink moss flower) cover the field and Mt. Fuji can be seen behind this amazing pink field. You can find more information in the official site:

Fuji Shibazakura Festival official site

Try to get Shibazakura venue to avoid congestion. This festival is very popular and still getting popular year by year.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Fuji Shibazakura venue

Enjoy Shibazakura Festival (2 hours)
*It usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to see this festival. But you can spend more if you like. And also there are lots of food stands in the venue. These stands offer many kinds of local food. You can take lunch before you leave.
*In the period of this festival, combo ticket which includes round trip bus fare and admission is sold around 2,000 yen. You can purchase it at Kawaguchiko station.
*If you intend to take the express bus from Shinjuku, some of buses are running to Shibazakura venue directly.

Fuji Shibazakura venue (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Kawaguchiko

Visit Mt. Tenjo Ropeway (Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway) and/or Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi
*If you start this trip in very early morning, you may visit both.

You may visit Arakura Fuji Sengen shrine, Chureito Pagoda instead.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Shimo-Yoshida

Stay for one hour to visit shrine.

Shimo-Yoshida (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Kawaguchiko

If you intend to take a train, you can go back to Tokyo via Otsuki from Shimo-Yoshida. You do not need to go back to Kawaguchiko.

Shibazakura Festival and 5th station one day plan

Try to get Shibazakura venue to avoid congestion. This festival is very popular and still getting popular year by year.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Fuji Shibazakura venue

Enjoy Shibazakura Festival (2 hours)
*It usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to see this festival. But you can spend more if you like. And also there are lots of food stands in the venue. These stands offer many kinds of local food. You can take lunch before you leave. Otherwise you have a lunch time at Kawaguchiko station.
*In the period of this festival, combo ticket which includes round trip bus fare and admission is sold around 2,000 yen. You can purchase it at Kawaguchiko station.
*If you intend to take the express bus from Shinjuku, some of buses are running to Shibazakura venue directly.

Fuji Shibazakura venue (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Kawaguchiko (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) 5th station

Enjoy mountain air in the middle of Mt. Fuji (1 hour)

5th station (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) Kawaguchiko

5th station and Fuji-Q highland one day plan

Fuji-Q Highland is located just by the station.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) 5th station

Enjoy mountain air in the middle of Mt. Fuji (1 hour)

5th station (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) Kawaguchiko (Trip time 3 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Fuji-Q Highland

Enjoy Fuji-Q Highland as much as you want. You can have lunch time in either Kawaguchiko or Fuji-Q Highland.

Fuji-Q Highland (Trip time 3 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Kawaguchiko

If you intend to take a train, you can go back to Tokyo via Otsuki from Fuji-Q Highland. You do not need to go back to Kawaguchiko.

Mt Fuji overnight 2 days plan

Oshino Hakkai (C) JNTO

If you can spend 2 days, you can visit most of places in Lake Kawaguchi and surrounding area.

Day 1

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Fuji Shibazakura venue

Enjoy Shibazakura Festival (2 hours)

Fuji Shibazakura venue (Trip time 30 minutes by Shibazakura Liner shuttle bus or 50 minutes by regular bus) Kawaguchiko

If you do not visit in spring season, you may visit Oshino-Hakkai instead.

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 25 minutes by regular bus) Oshino-Hakkai

Enjoy walking in Oshino-Hakkai (1.5 to 2 hours)

Oshino-Hakkai (Trip time 25 minutes by regular bus) Kawaguchiko

Lunch time around Kawaguchiko station

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Shimo-Yoshida

Visit Arakura Fuji Sengen shrine, Chureito Pagoda (1 hour)

Shimo-Yoshida (Trip time 15 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Kawaguchiko

Visit Mt. Tenjo Ropeway (Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway) and/or Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi

Stay in Lake Kawaguchi

Day 2

Kawaguchiko (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) 5th station

Enjoy mountain air in the middle of Mt. Fuji (1 hour)

5th station (Trip time 55 minutes by bus) Kawaguchiko (Trip time 3 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Fuji-Q Highland

Enjoy Fuji-Q Highland as much as you want. You can have lunch time in either Kawaguchiko or Fuji-Q Highland.

Fuji-Q Highland (Trip time 3 minutes by Fuji Kyuko Railway train) Kawaguchiko

If you intend to take a train, you can go back to Tokyo via Otsuki from Fuji-Q Highland. You do not need to go back to Kawaguchiko.

If you are not interested in Fuji-Q Highland, you can visit museum and park around Lake Kawaguchi. You may take Fujikyu bus to visit various places around Fuji Five Lake. Please find some information in the link below:

Fuji Kyuko Bus official site – Route bus information

Access to Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo

Access routes to Mt. Fuji (click to view large)

Now I would like to tell you about how to access to Mt. Fuji. You may add one of the way to get Lake Kawaguchi on the sample itinerary above, and complete your trip plan.

There are many routes available to get Lake Kawaguchi but these are mostly by express bus. If you take a train, you depart from Shinjuku.

Before choosing the route, you have to make sure which pass you will use or do not intend to use any passes. The route is varied by the pass. I would like to show you the best and most cost effective way.

Train access to Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) from Shinjuku via Otsuki by JR Pass or JR East Pass

You may use JR Pass or JR East Pass to take Limited Express Azusa or Kaiji between Shinjuku and Otsuki. In most of cases, you have to change trains at Otsuki and take Fuji Kyuko Railway to Kawaguchiko.

Otsuki station guide. How to transfer from JR train to Fuji Kyuko train

Fuji Kyuko Railway between Otsuki and Kawaguchiko is not covered by either JR pass or JR East Pass. Please find the fare for Otsuki to/from Kawaguchiko in Fuji Kyuko Railway official site:

Fuji Kyuko Railway official site

Fuji Kyuko railway ticket can be purchased at some JR station. When you book a seat for Limited Express train from Shinjuku to Otsuki by JR pass or JR East pass, you may ask the staff to purchase a ticket for Fuji Kyuko Railway. You may be able to buy it. If you cannot, you can purchase it at Otsuki station.

Typical trip schedule is the following:

Shinjuku (1 hour by Limited Express Azusa or Kaiji) Otsuki (50 minutes by Limited Express train / 60 minutes by local train) Kawaguchiko

However in most of weekend, there are some trains running between Shinjuku and Kawaguchiko directly, such as Narita Express, Rapid Holiday Kaisoku Fujisan. These trains run as seasonal operation. If you can catch one of these trains, transfer at Otsuki station is not required. Please find the information at my posts about seasonal train operation below:

Seasonal train schedule

If you take this direct train service to Fuji Kyuko line, you may ask to purchase a ticket when you book a seat. If you cannot, you can pay extra when you exit the station or pay to the conductor on board.

Train access to Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) from Shinjuku via Otsuki by Tokyo Wide Pass

You can take same route as JR Pass and JR East Pass above. But Tokyo Wide Pass covers all the way to Kawaguchiko. Extra cost is not required to take Fuji Kyuko Railway.

Tokyo Wide Pass is newer version of Kanto Area Pass. Nikko, Fuji, Gala Yuzawa and Odaiba are covered by this pass

Access to Lake Kawaguchi from many locations in Tokyo by bus

Actually express bus is most convenient way. The express bus depart from Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo, and both Haneda and Narita airports. It is faster than train. And the biggest benefit by express bus is direct service. If you take trains, you need to change trains at Otsuki. But if you take express bus, you can get Kawaguhiko (Lake Kawaguchi), Fujisan station, Fuji-Q Highland, even Oshino-Hakkai and Lake Yamanaka directly.

Typical trip schedule is the following:

Shinjuku (1 hour 45 minutes by Express Bus) Kawaguchiko

Seasonally you can get 5th station directly too. If you do not intend to use any train passes, simply pay regular fare to take express bus. Any rail passes do not cover this express bus. You can find the information in Fujikyu Bus official site:

Fujikyu Bus – Highway Bus Information

Access to Lake Kawaguchi from Hakone by bus

If you intend to visit Lake Kawaguchi after Hakone, you can catch a bus to Kawaguchiko station, Fuji-Q Highland, Fujisan station at Gotemba outlet. Gotemba outlet can be accessed from many places in Hakone, such as Gora, Togendai, Hakone-Yumoto.

Gotemba outlet (1 hours 45 minutes to 2 hours by route bus) Kawaguchiko

Fuji Kyuko Bus official site – Route bus information

You may find some information about Hakone in the link below:

How to build the trip plan to Hakone. Various sample itineraries of Hakone

How to add Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji area between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya

The gateway to Lake Kawaguchi area from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya is Mishima. You can catch the express bus which is called Mishima/Kawaguchiko Liner Express Bus between Mishima and Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji-Q Highland, Fujisan station. Please see the link below to find the information about the bus from Mishima.

Fujikyu Bus – Highway Bus Information

From Tokyo, it is same as above. You can take express bus from many locations in downtown Tokyo or take trains from Shinjuku.

Tokyo to/from Nagoya, Kyoto or Shin-Osaka with stop at Odawara or Mishima by JR pass

As I wrote above, you can access to Odawara by Shinkansen. Shinkansen connects Tokyo, Odawara, Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka. It is quite easy to squeeze. Actually you can access to Hakone from Mishima.

Mishima or Odawara is the gateway to Hakone. (Click to view large)

It is two stations closer to Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka than Odawara. If you intend to stay overnight around Lake Ashi, Mishima is more convenient than Odawara. You can get Hakone Free Pass at Mishima. Tokai Bus connects Mishima, Motohakone and Hakonemachi. Tokai Bus is fully covered by Hakone Free Pass too.

You can find some “Hikari” which is the faster train on Shinkansen line to stop at Odawara. You may get Odawara or Mishima from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka by this Hikari directly. Hikari is covered by JR pass fully. You take this type of Hikari from Tokyo or Shinagawa. But trip time is not much different by the slowest Shinkansen train “Kodama”.

Please see the link below to find Shinkansen timetable:
Eastbound (To Tokyo, Shinagawa and Shin-Yokohama)
Westbound (To Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka)

I hope this post helps you to build your trip plan to Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji are.

42 thoughts on “How to build the trip plan to Fuji area. Various sample itineraries of Fuji Five Lakes and 5th station”

  1. Hallo again Takeshi san,
    Finally, i’ll be in japan next week..
    I’ve choose hokuriku arch pass for this trip. So (by this pass) i need to know :
    1. Can i take shinkansen tsurugi from toyama to kanazawa?
    2. I’ll be arrived at kyoto station on 21.00 pm, How to go kansai airport except by haruka ltd.exp?
    Thank you

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    i was searching for 1 day itinerary and came upon your blog. are you able to help me with this route?

    fuji subaru line 5th station → Chureito Pagoda → Kawaguchi Lake → Oshino Hakkai → Shiraito no Taki Falls

    i dunno am i able to visit them all in 1 day. By the way, the journey is departure from tokyo station

    1. Hi Soulwave,

      I don’t want to say impossible but I think this is too much.

      Please see the links below to find the bus timetable from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko and to Mt. Fuji 5th station.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/detail/id/1
      https://www.japan-guide.com/bus/fuji.html

      Even if you take the earliest bus, you will be back to Kawaguchiko after 12:00 pm. In my sample itinerary, I add only Chureito and Kawaguchiko after 5th station. Because I will put 2 hours at least each for these places. I think it is very hard to add two more places after this. You may be able to add Oshino Hakkai because it is 25 minutes away from Kawaguchiko.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/route/detail/id/1

      But Shiraito no Taki is very far from Kawaguchiko. It is other side of Mt. Fuji. It is one more hour away from Kawaguchiko.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/pdf/rosen/timetable_shinfuji.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Ah, noted on it. Cause i cant really decide on the path on how to roam around, so I myself also confuse on it. But thanks to your advice, I can now really go ahead of planning the 1 day trip properly. Really thanks alot for the help.

        on a side note, do you think getting the mt fuji pass for 1 day worth for the trip?

          1. Hi Takeshi,

            thanks for the reply and advice. i think my itinerary will be like this:

            fuji subaru line 5th station → Chureito Pagoda → Kawaguchi Lake → Oshino Hakkai → Gotemba Premium outlet.

            my round trip will be from asakusa station Kawaguchiko station.

            I think i will have to recalculate the expenses around and see worth or not. Anyway, really thanks for the help 😀

            1. Hi Soulwave,

              Actually this is still very tight. You added Gotemba outlet instead of Shiraito no Taki. But Gotemba outlet is more than one hour away from Oshino Hakkai. As I mentioned in the previous reply, you will be back to Kawaguchiko around 12:30 from Fuji 5th station. And then, you will spend the time at Chureito and Kawaguchiko. You will spend 2 hours to visit Chureito. It does not include lunch time at this point. And what are you going to do? Are you watching the lake only? Are you going to take a cruise and/or gondola? If you take gondola or lake cruise, you will spend another one hour. So 3 hours is very very minimum excluding lunch time. 4 hours is more comfortable. And then go to Oshino Hakkai. It is probably around 17:00 after visit Oshino Hakkai. I think it’s too late to visit Gotemba. Outlet is open until 19:00 in winter time. But I think it’s still to late because it’s one hour away from Oshino Hakkai. And also you have to change the bus at Gotemba station. There is no direct bus from Oshino Hakkai to Gotemba outlet. You may spend 1.5 hours to get outlet from Oshino Hakkai. You will have less than 30 minute there. It’s not worth visiting.

              I believe fuji subaru line 5th station → Chureito Pagoda → Kawaguchi Lake → Oshino Hakkai is enough. I don’t recommend to add any more places after these.

              Cheers,

              Takeshi / JPRail.com

              1. Hi Takeshi,

                Ah, ok. After read through on what you say, I guess is better to follow the path you mention. Thanks for everything xD

  3. Takeshi san konnichiwa!

    Your trip planning is great! I’d like to get your advice for for travel plan around Fuji-Hakone for three days in 2019 as below. Please advise if it’s possible with the public transport schedules.

    June 1 (Saturday)
    Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu Romancecar)
    Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto (Fuji Hakone Pass)
    Hakone-Yumoto to Owakudani, Togendai, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Ancient Cedar Avenue, Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashi shore walk
    Motohakone to Chisuji Falls (near Horaien bus stop)
    Kowakudani Station to Hakone Yuryo Onsen
    Tonosawa Station back to Gora Station (accommodation)

    June 2 (Sunday)
    Gora Station to Gotemba Station to Mt Fuji Station (bus)
    My Fuji Station to Oshino Hakkai
    Oshino Hakkai to Lake Yamanoka [not sure if this is possible with bus schedules?]
    Lake Yamanoka [where to stop to have good view of Mt Fuji reflection?]
    back to Mt Fuji Station (accommodation)
    + Mt Fuji Station to Arakumaya Sengen Park if have time

    June 3 (Monday)
    Arakurayama Sengen Park (if didn’t manage to visit the day earlier)
    Mt Kachi Kachi Ropeway
    Lake Saiko, Wind Cave, Ice Cave [not sure if this is possible with bus schedules?]
    Lake Shoji
    back to Fujikawaguchiko (accommodation)

    June 4 (Tuesday)
    Kawaguchiko to Takayama (bus)

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Jean san

      Yamanakao Shinsui Park is a good spot to see the view of Fuji. But you have to walk for 2km from Fujisan Yamanakako (Hotel Mt.Fuji Ent.) bus stop.
      http://www.vill.yamanakako.yamanashi.jp.e.kh.hp.transer.com/spot_detail.php?id=10

      And also usually only early morning to see the reflection of Fuji. Even the earliest bus may be too late to see the view of reflection. Anyway you should try this on June 3.

      If you don’t mind the time to visit there, you can take a bus “Fujikko-go”.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/2/

      I think you can make all places on June 3.
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/1/

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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