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

I took this picture from overpass between #3 and #4/#5 platform. Red brown color train (left) is Fuji Kyuko's Fuji Tozan Densha. (C) JP Rail
I took this picture from overpass between #3 and #4/#5 platform. Red brown color train (left) is Fuji Kyuko’s Fuji Tozan Densha. (C) JP Rail

Otsuki station is the station where you change to/from JR train and Fuji Kyuko train. If you travel to Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) and Mt. Fuji by train, you will transfer at this station. Many limited express trains to/from Tokyo and Shinjuku stop at this station. Some rapid trains go through Fuji Kyuko railways to Lake Kawaguchi via this station, Otsuki.

In this post, I would like to show you some images and explain about this station. You will find how to transfer the trains here at Otsuki station.

Tracks and platforms

First of all, please see Otsuki station map of Fuji Kyuko. It is in Japanese, but don’t worry. It is not complicated.

Both JR and Fuji Kyuko Otsuki station are at the ground level. There are located at the same place. There are 3 tracks / 2 platforms for JR lines and 3 tracks (#3-#5) / 1 platform and 2 tracks (#1-#2)for Fuji Kyuko train.

This picture was taken from the end of Fuji Kyuko's platform. (C) JP Rail
This picture was taken from the end of Fuji Kyuko’s platform. (C) JP Rail
CompanyTrack#Destination
Fuji Kyuko1,2Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi)
CompanyTrack#Destination
JR East3Kofu, Kobuchizawa, Matsumoto (A few trains to Takao, Hachioji, Shinjuku)
4Takao, Hachioji, Shinjuku (A few trains to Kofu, Kobuchizawa, Matsumoto)
Trains go through Fuji Kyuko line to/from JR line.
5Takao, Hachioji, Shinjuku
I took this picture from the west end of platform #4 and #5. Chuo line rapid train (silver and orange) at track #4, Fuji Tozan Densha at #2 and Fuji Kyuko's local train (silver and blue) at #1 can be see in this picture. (C) JP Rail
I took this picture from the west end of platform #4 and #5. Chuo line rapid train (silver and orange) at track #4, Fuji Tozan Densha at #2 and Fuji Kyuko’s local train (silver and blue) at #1 can be see in this picture. (C) JP Rail

If you take Limited Express Azusa / Super Azusa, train arrive at track #3 most of times. You don’t have to change the platforms to transfer to Fuji Kyuko.

In summer peak season, direct rapid train “Holiday Kawaguchiko” is operated between Shinjuku and Kawaguchiko. This train goes through Fuji Kyuko line. But it departs/arrives at track #4 mostly. When you arrive at Otsuki station, just proceed to the west end of the platform. You will find Fuji Kyuko transfer gate very easily.

Overpass at track #4 and #5 (C) JP Rail
Stairs to overpass at track #4 and #5 (C) JP Rail
Overpass at track #3. Transfer gate is located behind this stairs. (C) JP Rail
Overpass at track #3. Transfer gate is located behind this stairs. (C) JP Rail

Even if you have to change the platforms, 5 minutes is fine. Otsuki station is quite small and very easy to find the direction.

Ticket gate/Exit

Transfer ticket gate is located at the end of platform for track #3. (C) JP Rail
Transfer ticket gate is located at the end of platform for track #3. (C) JP Rail

Both JR East and Fuji Kyuko have ticket gate. But if you use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Kanto Area Pass, you don’t need to exit station. As I mentioned, there is a transfer gate at JR track #3. Especially if you have Kanto Area Pass, it cover Fuji Kyuko line. All you have to do is showing your pass when you enter Fuji Kyuko platform. But even if you have Kanto Area Pass, surcharge is required to take Fujisan Tokkyu (Limited Express) and Fuji Tozan Densha (Rapid train by specialized fleet). You have to purchase surcharge ticket at transfer gate. If you use JR Pass or JR East Pass, you can purchase Fuji Kyuko single ticket at transfer gate.

If you use Suica when you enter JR station, like Shinjuku, you can go through transfer gate and get Fuji Kyuko train. Fuji Kyuko accept Suica. So you can tap your Suica at any Fuji Kyuko station when you exit.

167 thoughts on “Otsuki station guide. How to transfer from JR train to Fuji Kyuko train.”

  1. Hello Takeshi san,

    I am planning to take the 10.49am Fujisan View Express No 5 from Otsuki Station to Fujisan Station and planning on hyperdia, as I will be coming from Okubo station near Shinjuku it gives me the following connection:

    Okubo Dep 9.24am (JR Chuo/Sobu local line)
    Mitaka Arr 9.44am
    Mitaka Dep 9.47am (Ltd Express Kaiji 101)
    Otsuki Arr 10.37am
    Otsuki Dep 10.49am (Fujisan View Express 5)
    Fujisan Arr 11.28am

    1. Are the connection times at Mitaka and Otsuki enough to make the transfer? Especially Mitaka this is only 3 minutes?

    2. Is the Ltd Express Kaiji covered by the JR Pass and do we make a reservation for this train beforehand? If reservation is optional, where can we make the reservation anyways?

    Cheers,
    Michael

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thank you, I did see this also and know that Okubo is one station away. For some reason hyperdia likes to disagree with us.

        Can you please tell me if we catch the train from Okubo to Shinjuku, how much transfer time do we need to catch the Kaiji 101 from Shinjuku? Are the platforms close to each other?

        Would you also know any advise for the Fujikyuko bus from Fujisan station to Gotemba, are we able to make reservation online or how can we make reservation before we travel?

        Cheers,
        Michael

          1. Thanks again Takeshi san,

            Well noted and thanks for the lin to the map.

            Is the Ltd Express Kaiji covered by the JR Pass and do we make a reservation for this train beforehand? If reservation is optional, where can we make the reservation anyways?

            Cheers,
            Michael

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    I would like to go kawaguchiko from yokohama station. Any recommendation on which route and train should i choose. I dont have any pass. Should i get one? And will i be able to get the train anytime from ostuki to kawaguchiko or is there any specific time?

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