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Kawaguchiko and Mountaineering from Mount Fuji

Kawaguchiko 河口湖 is a lake and a resort region in the Kanagawa prefecture in the central region of Honshu in Japan. The Kawaguchiko lake is famous for its views of Mount Fuji, hot springs (onsen) and ryokan's. Kawaguchiko is included in theFuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where the central feature is Mount Fuji.

Kawaguchiko is quickly accessible from Tokyo. You can easily take day trips to Lake Kawachiko from downtown Tokyo to enjoy the serene nature, as well as enjoy fantastic views of Mount Fuji. The views of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi are very picturesque. Kawaguchiko has a terminal rail station which is a convenience for travelers who visit the Fujigoko area or Mt. Fuji. As the most developed resort area among the five lakes, Kawaguchiko has many attractions such as art museums and lake cruises. If you are interested in climbing up Mt.Fuji, there is a mountain bus for the 5th level of Mt .Fuji available from Kawaguchiko Station. There is a TIC (Tourist Information Center) in front of the Kawaguchiko Station.

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Kawaguchiko Featured Tourist Attractions

Kawaguchiko Herb Garden 河口湖ハーブ館

A herb garden by the lakeside where 150 kinds of herbs grow. Enhanced with seasonal flowers, like lavender, the fragrance of the flowers is everywhere. The views of Mt. Fuji are also very splendid. Open: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (18:00) Opens 365 days. Admission is Free.

Tenjou-san Ropeway (Gondola) 天上山ロープーウェイ

A great spot to enjoy a wonderful view of Mt.Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. On a clear, sunny day the vistas are overwhelming!
Available time: 9:00 AM to 5:10 PM (17:10) . Open 365 days.
The schedule varies seasonally, but usually runs every 5 or 10 minutes. It is 10 minutes walk from Kawaguchiko Station to the Ropeway station.
Fare 800 Yen for round trip ticket.

Kawaguchiko Yuransen Cruise 河口湖 遊覧船

A 30-minute cruise with a splendid view of Mt. Fuji. The shape of Mt. Fuji is reflected on the surface of Lake Kawaguchiko which always fascinating.
Fare 930 Yen for an adult. It is a 10-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station to the port.

Mountaineering from Mount Fuji 富士登山

From Kawaguchiko Station, you can take a mountain bus called Tozan Bus that takes you to the 5th level of Mt. Fuji. Most climbers start climbing toward the summit from this level. Remember, climbing Mt.Fuji is challenging even for experienced mountaineers. The air is thin and could cause disorientation. Be prepared and always think safety. Show respect towards Fuji-san.

The 5th level is at 2305 meters above sea level and it is high enough to enjoy a great view. The 5th level is higher than the clouds and you can see clouds spread like a carpet in the sky on the way to the 5th Level.

Mt.Fuji from Bus

Fuji Kyuko bus for Fujisan Kawaguchiko Guchi (Mt. Fuji Kawaguchiko gateway)
Fares From Kawaguchiko station to Gogoume 五合目 (5th level)
One way: 1540Yen. 2100 Yen for Round trip ticket. It takes about 70 min. In the summer, departure is once per hour.

Fujikyu Bus Time Table (In Japanese)

Kawaguchiko Information

Getting to the Kawaguchiko Lake

If you are staying in downtown Tokyo you can get to the Kawaguchiko area from either the Tokyo or Shinjuku Stations.

By way of Shinjuku
Total travel time: 120 min. Total fare: 3,390 Yen
JR Shinjuku Station - 
(JR Chuo Line Exp. 60 min. 1320 Yen + Express ticket 930 Yen) - 
Ootsuki Station - (Fuji Kyuko Line. 60 min. 1140 Yen) - 
Kawaguchiko Station

By way of Tokyo Station
Total travel time: 130 min. Total fare: 3,560 Yen
JR Tokyo Station - 
(JR Chuo Line Exp. 70 min. 1490 Yen + Express ticket 930 Yen) - 
Ootsuki Station - (Fuji Kyuko Line. 60 min. 1140 Yen) - 
Kawaguchiko Station

By way of Shinjuku
Total travel time: 120 min. Total fare: 1750 Yen
Shinjuku Station Bus Terminal - (Chuo Kousoku Bus) - 
Kawaguchiko Station
Shinjuku Bus Terminal

By way of Tokyo Station
Total travel time: 130 min. Total fare: 1800 Yen.
Tokyo Station at the Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal - Kawaguchiko Station
Note: You can buy bus tickets at the terminal office.
Fuji Kyuko Bus
JR Bus Kanto

From Narita Airport
By train and bus by way of Shinjuku
Total travel time: 205 min. Total fare: 4940 Yen
Narita Airport - (JR Narita Exp. 85 min. 3190 Yen) - Shinjuku Station -
(Chuo Kousoku Bus 120min. 1,800 Yen) - Kawaguchiko Station

From Haneda Airport
By train and bus by way of Shinjuku
Total travel time: 160 min. Total fare: 2360 Yen
Haneda Airport - (Keikyu Line 20min. 410 Yen) - Shinagawa Station -
(JR Yamanote Line 20min. 200 Yen) - Shinjuku Station -
(Chuo Kousoku bus 120min. 1750 Yen) -
Kawaguchiko Station

By train and bus (By way of Tokyo)
Total travel time: 180 min. Total fare: 2450 Yen
Haneda International Airport - (Tokyo Monorail 15 min. 490 Yen) -
Hamamatsucho Station - (JR Yamanote Line 5 min. 160 Yen) - Tokyo Station -
(JR Kousoku bus 130min. 1800 Yen) -
Kawaguchiko Station

From the Osaka and Nagoya area
From Nagoya
By train and bus by way of Nagoya Station
Total travel time: 199 min. Total fare: 10030 Yen
JR Nagoya Station - (JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. 110 min. 4430 Yen+3,340 Yen for Express ticket) - Mishima
Station - (Fuji Kyuko Bus. 120 min. 2260 Yen) - Kawaguchiko Station
Fuji Kyuko Bus "Tokkyu Mishima-Kawaguchi Linee"

Free Pass - Rail and Bus Transit

JR Line and Fuji Kyuko Line together offer several types of Free passes for travelling around the Kawaguchiko and Saiko areas.

Related Websites

Kawaguchiko Tourist Information

3631-5 Fujikwawguchiko-machi, Minami-tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan 
Office Hours 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mt.Fuji and Fuji-Goko Tourist Association


Mt.Fuji Climbing


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