At 3,776 meters high, Mount Fuji or Fuji-san as it is known to the Japanese people, is Japan’s most famous World Heritage Site and one of the reasons why many a traveler makes the trip to this corner of the world. A lot of visitors to the country are satisfied with seeing it from a tower or skyscraper from Tokyo, while others enjoy the view from the Shinkansen window down to Osaka. The more adventurous travelers choose to climb to the top of Mount Fuji, one of the most adrenaline pumping ways of getting close to the dormant volcano, but if you want to take the time to explore it, witness its many facets, and take pleasure from its bountiful ground, then there is nothing better than visiting the region at the foot of Fujisan.
Mount Fuji sits right in between Shizuoka and Yamanashi with both prefectures having a claim to part of this japanese icon. On the Shizuoka side, one can travel along the foot of the volcano from Gotenba City in the east, passing through the town of Fujinomiya, and finishing at the beautiful highlands of Asagiri Kogen. Along the way, you’ll find historic shrines, the picturesque Shiraito Falls, the scenic camping ground at Tanukiko Lake, and the Asagiri Food Park where is possible to try out locally grown food almost directly from the farm. This among other natural spots where to take it easy and admire the towering Fujisan. Driving up Road 138 from Fujinomiya to Lake Motosuko is a pleasant drive leading up to the Fuji Five Lakes and Yamanashi’s side of Mount Fuji.
Yamanashi’s portion of Mount Fuji is just as beautiful, if not more, thanks to the five unique lakes at the foot of the volcano. Thanks to the Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes), this region attracts a lot tourists both local and foreign looking to relax by the lakeside, do some fishing, practice various water sports, or explore the cultural activities especially at Fujikawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida Town. Besides the popular lakes, this side of Mount Fuji is home to the vast Aokigahara Forest, the Ice and Wind Caves in Narusawa, the Mount Fuji World Heritage Centre, and the Fuji Q Highland amusement park which boasts of having the DODODONPA, the fastest roller coaster in Japan. Yamanashi is also home to the Fuji Hakkei, a set of eight specific viewpoints perfect to catch the full splendor of Fujisan, on clear days of course. The same Road 139 leading into Lake Motosuko from Asagiri Kogen crosses the Fuji Five Lakes and is both a fun and scenic drive.
For those thinking about climbing Mount Fuji, both the Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures provide access routes to reach the top but the Fuji Subaru Line, which is both the most popular and easiest route, is located in Yamanashi. At Fujikawaguchiko Town and around Kawaguchiko Station, travelers will find all the necessary information for the climb as well as a rental shop and touring companies providing guided tours up to the top of Fujisan.
Mount Fuji Overview
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