Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS


2017.09.23

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

While visiting the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko in Japanese) region the obvious number one attraction is Mount Fuji itself. You can climb it, see if from your campsite, or learn about it at the World Heritage Centre as well as many different locations around the lakes. A relaxing and stylish alternative when it comes to viewing the iconic volcano is riding the charming FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS.

  • The FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS is a special train operated by Fujikyu Railway and running exclusively between Otsuki Station and Kawaguchiko Station. Being an express train, this charming three-car train only stops at five stations and comes closer to Mount Fuji than any other trainline. As the name implies, you can comfortably take in the scenic view of Fujisan without putting in too much effort. Recline your seat and enjoy the treats that are offered inside the train on one what is sure to be one of the most memorable train rides of your life.

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    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Of course, the main reason to ride the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS is to admire Mount Fuji as it appears during the ride. Seeing the powerful mountain on the horizon is always a pleasure and doing so on a moving train makes the experience all the more alluring. This is not the only reason why you should come aboard though. This express train was designed by Eiji Mitooka, a renowned train design consultant in Japan who chose an all-wooden interior for this particular train that blends soothingly with the natural surroundings. Whether you are seated in the non-reserved seats of cars #2 and #3 or in the special reserved seating of car #1, every detail has been carefully thought through to make the ride as delightful as possible, Mount Fuji views aside.

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    To ride on the colourful seats of the non-reserved section you’ll have to pay the normal train fare plus an express charge of 400 yen making the 45-minute trip from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station a 1,540 yen ride. As with similar special trains in Japan, you can expect an attendant to stop by your seat and offer an assortment of drinks and snacks for an extra fee to enjoy while looking at the natural scenery out the big windows.

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    If you want to treat yourself to a “sweet” ride, you need to book a seat in car #1. Inside this special car, the wooden design is even more noticeable and passengers can choose from limited but unique seating arrangements, including a semi-round table perfect for discussing the travel itinerary with your group of friends. Once settled in your cozy reserved seat (an extra 900 yen) you are welcomed with a complimentary coffee or tea and the warm smile of an attendant.

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    But the extras don’t end there. If you are willing to splurge a few more yen, you can treat yourself to the Sweets Plan, and to a bento box of delicious sweets created by the pastry chef at the Highland Resort Hotel & Spa at Fuji-Q Highland. When you opt for this plan, you will be greeted by the cordial attendant as with other passengers but your table will be set for you to enjoy the special treats as soon as the train starts moving. The Sweets Plan includes unlimited coffee, tea, or fruit juice served at your request during the entire ride.

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

    Riding the FUJISAN VIEW EXPRESS

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